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Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel Prize for Literature 2017

abstract: Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel Prize for Literature 2017. In their press release, the Nobel committee said, "Kazuo Ishiguro, who in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world".

Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki Japan in 1954 and moved with his family to Surry England where he would study American literature and philosophy at the University of Kent. He obtained his MFA in Literature at the University of East Anglia but went on to work briefly as a social worker, but has been a fully committed writer since the publication of his first novel, A Pale View of the Hills. In 1983 he was anointed by the British Council as one of the talented young British writers and his work appeared in the literary publication Granta along with Rushdie, McEwen, Julian Barnes,


October 05, 2017
— Rose Tremain and Martin Amos. This was the beginning of a long relationship with that publication and his subsequent books number seven. (See bibliography at bottom)

The first book of Ishiguro's I read was Never Let Me Go, a story about cloning set in a '70s-era English countryside town at a private school called Havisham. It was a haunting story that evoked the essence of confronting one's own too-early mortality scripted by authoritative forces which eventually leads its main protagonist to a sort of nostalgic consignment to fate. The dystopic coming-of-age story continues to resonate with me like the scent left on a piece of clothing worn long ago but instantly evocative of place and time when you next pick it up. The next Ishiguro connection was watching the brilliant feature film adaptation of his novel Remains of the Day, exquisitely played by Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson which received Academy Award acclaim. In this story, a British estate butler comes to the realization that he has misspent a lifetime in service to an aristocratic family that is clinging to a tradition that is threatened by changing values and forces shifting the world's power. Ishiguro is brilliant at evoking loss, regret, nostalgia, and the truths behind history.

Bibliography of Novels

  • A Pale View of Hills. London : Faber & Faber, 1982
  • An Artist of the Floating World (Faber Fiction Classics). London : Faber & Faber, 1986
  • The Remains of the Day: A Novel. London : Faber & Faber, 1989
  • The Unconsoled. London : Faber & Faber, 1995
  • The Remains of the Day: A Novel--London : Faber & Faber,
  • When We Were Orphans. London : Faber & Faber, 2000
  • Never Let Me Go. London : Faber & Faber, 2005
  • Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall. London : Faber & Faber, 2009
  • The Buried Giant: A Novel. London : Faber & Faber, 2015



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