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Kazuo Ishiguro wins the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature

Japanese-born British writer Kazuo Ishiguro has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday.

The Swedish Academy praised him as a writer “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.

Ishiguro was not a favourite to win, but he is renowned as a novelist – particularly for his 1989 novel ‘The Remains of the Day’, for which he won the Man Booker.

He has written eight books, which have been translated into over 40 languages. Two of his novels, ‘The Remains of the Day’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’ were adapted into highly acclaimed films. He was made an OBE in 1995.

He was born in Nagasaki, Japan in 1954, but his family moved to England in 1960. Ishiguro obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kent in 1978 and his Master’s from the University of East Anglia’s creative writing course in 1980.

Ishiguro is one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, having received four Man Booker Prize nominations.

In 2008, The Times ranked Ishiguro 32nd on their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.

His seventh novel, ‘The Buried Giant’, was published on 3 March 2015 in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

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