The Nobel Prize in Literature for the year 2017 has been awarded to English author Kazuo Ishiguro on Thursday. The Swedish academy in the announcement commended Ishiguro calling his novels a ‘great emotional force.’
“Kazuo Ishiguro, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world,” the academy tweeted soon after the announcement. Ishiguro, 62, was born on November 8, 1954 in Japan. He was five years old when his family moved to the United Kingdom.
Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘The Remains of the Day’ which was released in 1989 which is also arguably his most famous work was turned into a film with Anthony Hopkins playing the role of the famous ‘Butler Stevens.’ The Swedish academy also regarded 2017 Literature Laureate as a writer associated with themes such as memory, time, self-delusion. Ishiguro has totally written eight books along with scripts for films and television.
Kazuo Ishiguro introduced a cold undercurrent of science fiction into his work with the dystopian themed ‘Never Let Me Go’ in 2005 which was turned into a movie with Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley playing the lead roles. Ishiguro’s latest novel, ‘The Buried Giant’ was critically acclaimed as it explores how memory relates to oblivion, history to the present, and fantasy to reality.