Japanese-Born British Author Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature (News)


London, Oct. 5 (Jiji Press)—The Swedish Academy said Thursday that it has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017 to Japanese-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro.

Kazuo Ishiguro speaking in Tokyo in June 2015. (©Jiji)

The academy said that Ishiguro, 62, is an author "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world."

Born in the southwestern Japan city of Nagasaki in 1954 to Japanese parents, Ishiguro moved to Britain at the age of five. He later obtained British citizenship.

He published his debut work, A Pale View of Hills, in 1982, based in part on his childhood memories of Nagasaki. His second, An Artist of the Floating World, was set in postwar Japan. It was published in 1986 and won the Whitbread Book Award, a prominent British literature prize. His third novel The Remains of the Day won the Booker Prize in 1989. Never Let Me Go was shortlisted for the 2005 Booker Prize and also adapted for Japanese television.

"The themes Ishiguro is most associated with are already present here: memory, time, and self-delusion," the academy said.

In 2015, Ishiguro's first novel for a decade The Buried Giant was published. In June of the same year, he gave a speech at Keiō University.

The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony will take place on December 10 in Stockholm.

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