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Japan-born English Author Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

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The 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Japanese-British novelist, screenwriter, and short story writer Kazuo Ishiguro.

Announcing the laureate in Stockholm Thursday, Professor Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, said Ishiguro is a writer of great integrity, "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world".

The Nobel committee praised his latest book The Buried Giant, released in 2015: This novel explores, in a moving manner, how memory relates to oblivion, history to the present, and fantasy to reality.

Ishiguro is one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world.

The themes Ishiguro is most associated with are memory, time, and self-delusion. It is particularly notable in his most renowned novel, "The Remains of the Day." The Man Booker Prize winning novel was turned into film with Anthony Hopkins acting as the duty-obsessed butler Stevens.

Born in 1954 in Japan's Nagasaki, Ishiguro's family moved to England when he was five years old.

Ishiguro has been a full-time author ever since his first book, "A Pale View of Hills", was published in 1982. Both his first novel and the subsequent one, "An Artist of the Floating World" took place in Nagasaki a few years after the Second World War.

The dystopian science fiction novel "Never Let Me Go" was named by Time magazine as the best novel of 2005. A film starring Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan was released in 2010 based on this novel.

The collection of short stories titled "Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall" is his other notable book.

Apart from his eight books, Ishiguro has written scripts for film and television. He has also written several songs for jazz singer Stacey Kent. Ishiguro has been married to Lorna MacDougall, a social worker.

Ishiguro will receive a prize money of 9 million Swedish krona ($1.10 million).

by RTT Staff Writer

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