Nobel in literature for Kazuo Ishiguro
7 October, 2017
British writer Kazuo Ishiguro, mostly known with his novel The Remains of the Day, was last Thursday named winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in literature. In explaining its choice, the Swedish Academy pointed at his “novels of great emotional force, that had uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.” The themes of “memory, time and self-delusion” weave through his works, it added.
According to Academy's permanent secretary Sara Danius, Ishiguro's writing as a mix of the works of Jane Austen and Franz Kafka, with a little bit of Marcel Proust. “He's a writer of great integrity. He doesn't look to the side, he's developed an aesthetic universe all his own,” she said.
Born in Japan in 1954, Ishiguro's family moved to the UK when he was only five. He published his first novel, A Pale View of the Hills, in 1982, and has been a full time writer ever since. The Remains of the Day, which won Ishiguro the Booker prize in 1989, was adapted into a film starring Anthony Hopkins as the “duty-obsessed” butler Stevens.