Kazuo Ishiguro, author of ‘The Remains of the Day’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’, won the 2017 Nobel prize in literature.
The Japan-born British novelist, was highly praised the Swedish Academy for his “novels of great emotional force.” Kazuo said this award was a magnificent honour, mainly because it means that he’s in the footsteps of the greatest authors that have lived. The Academy says that Kazuo’s writings are mostly associated with memory, time and self-delusion.
Even before being contacted by the Nobel Committee, he received the news of him winning the award and thus was quite reluctant to believe it, felt it was a hoax.
The award was “flabbergastingly flattering, a magnificent honour, mainly because it means that I am in the footsteps of the greatest authors that have lived, so that was a terrific commendation,” says the 62-year-old writer. Kazuo also won Whitbread Prize for ‘An Artist of the Floating World’ in 1986 and Booker Prize for ‘The Remains of the Day’ in 1989.
In 2016, this award was won by popular American singer and poet Bob Dylan.
5 Lesser Known Facts About Kazuo Ishiguro
• He was born in Nagasaki on 8th November 1954. His family moved to Britain when he was 5.
• His first novel ‘A Pale View of Hills’ (1982) and ‘An Artist of the Floating World’ (1986) was written in Nagasaki after World War II.
• He was a social worker. His novel, “Never Let Me Go”, has instances and experiences of social work.
• Directed by James Ivory, and Mark Romanek, his novels ‘The Remains of the Day’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’ and his screenplay ‘The White Countess’ have been made into movies so far.
• He’s not only a novelist but also a short story writer, screenwriter, columnist, songwriter. He has written lyrics for many jazz songs.