Man at His Best

British Author Kazuo Ishiguro Has Won The 2017 Nobel Prize For Literature

The 62-year-old moved to England in 1960.

BY Editors | Oct 6, 2017 | Books

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British author Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Most celebrated for his novels The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, which have both been adapted into critically-acclaimed movies, the 62-year-old writer said the award was "flabbergastingly flattering".

The Swedish Academy described Ishiguro as a man "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world".

He joked to the BBC that he still hadn't been contacted by the Nobel Prize decision-makers and isn't entirely sure it isn't a hoax, but described it as a "magnificent honour, mainly because it means that I'm in the footsteps of the greatest authors that have lived, so that's a terrific commendation."

Born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954, he moved with his family to Surrey in 1960 and later studied English and philosophy at the University of Kent after a gap year, some of which he spent working as a grouse beater for the Queen Mother. He then did an MA in creative writing and was taught by Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter.

He went on to write eight books that have been translated into over 40 languages, and won the Booker Prize in 1989 for The Remains of the Day.

From: Esquire UK