Friday, October 06, 2017

Nobel Prize in Literature 2017

The English author Kazuo Ishiguro has been named winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, praised by the Swedish Academy for his “novels of great emotional force." Ishiguro was born in Japan, but his family immigrated to the United Kingdom when he was five years old. He published his first novel, A Pale View of the Hills, in 1982, and has been writing full-time ever since.

Ishiguro is perhaps best known as the author of The Remains of the Day, which won the Booker prize in 1989 (and was made into a movie starring Anthony Hopkins). His other novels include Never Let Me Go, The Buried Giant, and the short story collection Nocturnes. Ishiguro has also written scripts for film and television, and is working on a graphic novel.

Permanent secretary of the academy Sara Danius describes Ishiguro’s writing as "a mix of the works of Jane Austen and Franz Kafka, but you have to add a little bit of Marcel Proust into the mix, and then you stir, but not too much. He’s a writer of great integrity."

Awarded since 1901, the Nobel prize is for the writing of an author who “shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction.” Ishiguro is the 114th writer to be so distinguished.

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