British-Japanese writer Kazuo Ishiguro has been award the Nobel Prize in Literature, lauded as a writer “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”
Ishiguro was announced as the winner of the prize, worth nine million kronor (£844,000, $1.1 million), last night. His most famous novels include Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day, both of which have been made into successful films. He has written eight in total, and his work has been translated into over forty languages. The Remains of the Day won the Man Booker Prize in 1989.
Ishiguro was born in 1954, in Nagasaki, Japan. He moved to Surrey, England with his family as a child.
According to The Guardian, Ishiguro took a gap year between school and university, which included working as a grouse beater for the Queen Mother at Balmoral. He then read English and philosophy at the University of Kent.
He holds an MA in Creative Writing from University of East Anglia, where he studied under Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter. While on the course, he wrote what would become his highly acclaimed first book, A Pale View of Hills, published in 1982
Regarding the prize, the highest accolade available to any writer, Ishiguro said:
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. I’ll be deeply moved if I could in some way be part of some sort of climate this year in contributing to some sort of positive atmosphere at a very uncertain time.
Permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, described Ishiguro as a writer of “great integrity.” “He doesn’t look to the side,” she said. “He’s developed an aesthetic universe all his own.”
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