Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

English author Kazuo Ishiguro has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, the the Swedish Academy announced.

 

People were stunned when Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize instead on the U.S. counter- culture icon and rock star Bob Dylan.

The Swedish Academy stunned the world in 2016 when it awarded the Nobel Literature Prize to U.S. counter-culture icon and rock star Bob Dylan.

 

Permanent secretary of the academy Sara Danius described Ishiguro’s writing as a mix of the works of Jane Austen and Franz Kafka, “but you have to add a little bit of Marcel Proust into the mix, and then you stir, but not too much, and then you have his writings.

Ishiguro’s family moved to the UK from Japan when he was very young. He studied creative writing at the University of East Anglia. He soon published his first book, A Pale View of the Hills. He has been a full time writer ever since.

 

He is said to be the most associated in his writing with the themes of “memory, time and self-delusion”, particularly in The Remains of the Day, the 1989 novel for which he is perhaps best known, which was adapted for film starring Anthony Hopkins as the “duty-obsessed” butler Stevens.