The 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro. Born in Japan in 1954, the author's family moved to England when he was five years old. The writer, "in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world", said the Nobel Prize committee in a statement on Thursday. He is best known for the dystopian work Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day, a book Ishiguro has said he wrote in just four weeks. The 62-year-old also writes screenplays.
FILE PHOTO: Author Kazuo Ishiguro photographed during an interview with Reuters in New York, U.S. April 20, 2005. Japanese-British novelist and screenwriter Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Swedish Academy announced the award Thursday, calling Ishiguro a writer "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world." Ishiguro is best known for his novel "The Remains of the Day," which was awarded The Man Booker Prize for fiction in 1989. The novel follows an obedient butler serving a lord in pre-World War II England.
STOCKHOLM – Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday for his "novels of great emotional force." The Japan-born British author, best known for his novel "The Remains of the Day," uncovered "the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world," the Swedish Academy said, awarding the prize of 9 million kronor ($1.1 million). Ishiguro, 62, is the third Japan-born winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, following Yasunari Kawabata in 1968 and Kenzaburo Oe in 1994. Ishiguro told the BBC the prize was "flabbergastingly flattering," the broadcaster reported on its website. "It's a magnificent honor, mainly because it means that I'm in the footsteps of the greatest authors that have lived, so that's a terrific commendation," he was quoted as saying.
FILE - In this Saturday, Aug 8, 2009 file photo, author Kazuo Ishiguro poses for photographers before receiving the "Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa" prize for literature, in Santa Margherita Belice, near Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy. The Nobel Prize for Literature for 2017 has been awarded to British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, it was announced on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.
British writer Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. His most famous novels The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go were adapted into highly acclaimed films. He was made an OBE in 1995. He has written eight books, which have been translated into over 40 languages. When contacted by the BBC, he admitted he hadn't been contacted by the Nobel committee and wasn't sure whether it was a hoax.