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English writer Kazuo Ishiguro wins 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature, calls it ‘magnificent honour’

With eight books and several screen plays and short stories to his credit, Kazuo Ishiguro is among the most celebrated contemporary writers.

books Updated: Oct 05, 2017 18:36 IST
Kazuo Ishiguro at the premiere of Never Let Me Go in 2010. (AFP Files)

The Nobel Literature Prize for 2017 has been awarded to English writer Kazuo Ishiguro. The Swedish Academy, while making the announcement on October 5, said Ishiguro has written “novels of great emotional force” and “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.

With eight books and several screen plays and short stories to his credit, Ishiguro is among the most celebrated contemporary writers. He won the Man Booker Prize in 1989 for his novel The Remains of the Day, which was also adapted for the big screen, starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.

Ishiguro told the BBC winning the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature was a “magnificent honour” and “flabbergastingly flattering”.

“It’s a magnificent honour, mainly because it means that I’m in the footsteps of the greatest authors that have lived, so that’s a terrific commendation.

“The world is in a very uncertain moment and I would hope all the Nobel prizes would be a force for something positive in the world as it is at the moment,” he said.

His other bestselling work Never Let Me Go was adapted into a 2010 film starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield.

Kazuo Ishiguro’s novels on display at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, where he was announced as winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. (AFP)

While Ishiguro is best known for exploring themes such as memory, time and self-delusion, he introduced a “cold undercurrent of science fiction into his work” with his dystopian work Never Let Me Go in 2005, said the Academy.

His latest novel, The Buried Giant was published in 2015 and dealt with themes of how “memory relates to oblivion, history to the present and fantasy to reality”.

His publisher Faber & Faber said earlier on Twitter: “We’re THRILLED Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel Prize!”

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and his family moved to the United Kingdom when he was five years old.

First Published: Oct 05, 2017 17:06 IST