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English novelist Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in literature

Kazuo Ishiguro Nobel Prize for Literature English novelist Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in literature
Nellie Chapman | 07 October, 2017, 03:20

Born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954, Mr. Ishiguro moved to Britain when he was 5.

2017 Nobel Prize for Literature victor Kazuo Ishiguro might never have won the prize if it weren't for music legend Tom Waits, whose gritty voice and masterly craftsmanship sunk into Ishiguro's brain when he was writing his most famous novel, The Remains of the Day. She saw Ishiguro when he visited the southern Japanese city after winning the 1989 Man Booker Prize for "The Remains of the Day".

Speaking from his home in north London during an impromptu press conference following his win, he described the accolade as "amazing and totally unexpected news".

"I would hope all the Nobel Prizes would be a force for something positive in the world".

Ishiguro said although he has lived in the United Kingdom most of his life, "a large part of my way of looking at the world, my artistic approach, is Japanese".

Ngugi Wa Thiongo's name had featured prominently in Nobel Prize predictions in the last few years, but the author of Weep Not, Child has not been lucky yet.

"But I'm in discussions with people to work on a graphic novel, which excites me because it's new for me and it reunited me with my childhood, reading Manga".

Appreciating the English novelist's work, the Swedish Academy's statement read that Ishiguro in his "novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world". Ishiguro had enrolled in an MA course in creative writing at the University of East Anglia where his potential was spotted by the publisher Faber, which signed him. "And so I think I've always looked at the world partly through my parents' eyes, as we all do". The novel ended with the butler talking about the "remains of [his] day".

Explaining why Ishiguro was the worthy victor, Swedish Academy's Sarah Danius explained: 'If you mix Jane Austen and Franz Kafka, then you have Kazuo Ishiguro in a nutshell - but you have to add a little bit of Marcel Proust into the mix.