The Swedish Academy has announced the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to the English author Kazuo Ishiguro “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”
The newest Literature Laureate mentioned to the BBC that he hoped the Nobel prize would be a force for good, “The world is in a very uncertain moment and I would hope all the Nobel Prizes would be a force for something positive in the world as it is at the moment.”
Kazuo Ishiguro’s widely read novels include NEVER LET ME GO, which has been adopted for common reading programs by academic institutions across the United States, including Lehigh University, Middlebury College, Pomona College, Florida State University, University of North Carolina – Wilmington, University of South Carolina, Spokane Community College, Juniata College, Murray State University, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and Augustana College. This dystopian novel was shortlisted for the 2005 Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, and has been adapted into a critically acclaimed film.
Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954, and moved to the UK when he was five years old. He graduated in English and philosophy from the University of Kent and received an MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. His critically acclaimed novel THE REMAINS OF THE DAY received the prestigious Booker Prize in 1989. His work has been translated into more than 40 languages and both THE REMAINS OF THE DAY and NEVER LET ME GO have sold more than one million copies.