Eminent British Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro is the winner of 2017 Nobel Prize in literature. The Swedish Academy bestowed the honour on the 63-year-old author describing his novels as “great emotional force” which “uncovered the abyss beneath the illusory sense of connection with the world”.
Born in 1954 in Japan’s Nagasaki, Ishiguro’s family moved to to the United Kingdom when he was five. His most notable novel, The Remains of the Day (1989), was adapted into a film featuring Anthony Hopkins as the butler Stevens. Ishiguro has authored eight books, which have been translated into over 40 languages. The veteran novelist has beaten the likes of Margaret Atwood, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Haruki Murakami.
The committee said on Twitter that Mr. Ishiguro was most associated with the themes of memory, time, and self-delusion.
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 5, 2017
The literature Nobel has always been a tough prize to predict. Last year, the Swedish Academy surprised many when Bob Dylan was accorded this honour. Dylan became the first winner who’s mainly known as a singer and songwriter. The rock legend did not react on his Nobel and then snubbed the formal prize ceremony in Stockholm. The Academy walks an extra mile to prevent any leaks, even resorting to code names for authors and fake book covers when reading in public.