Japanese-born British citizen Kazuo Ishiguro dedicated his career to dissecting hazardous illusions and long-lasting pain under the magnifying glass of literature. He enriched the world of prose with eight novels such as ‘The Remains of the Day’ and ‘Never Let Me Go.’ Thanks to his valuable contribution, the Swedish Academy awarded Ishiguro the Nobel Literature Prize.
The Swedish Academy Decided to Go This Year with a Traditional Selection for the Nobel Literature Prize
The 62-year-old novelist has been rewarded with a $1.1 million prize. Through this choice, the Swedish panel put an end to a two-year-old line of unconventional selections. One year ago, the award went to Bob Dylan.
This news shortly became a controversial case as some including Dylan himself refused to view him as a poet. Therefore, the American musician wasn’t present at the awarding ceremony.
However, this year’s choice has the fabric of a traditional decision. Nonetheless, it is still a part of a recently created trend of nominating to the Nobel Literature Prize British people with different birthplaces. For instance, the 2001 laureate is a British citizen born in Trinidad, V.S. Naipaul, is a good example for it.
On Thursday, Ishiguro acknowledged his victory with a public statement given in his backyard in London. He claimed that his continuous efforts to dissect the way countries and communities relate to their past have a noble end goal.
“I hope that these kinds of themes will actually be in some small way helpful to the climate we have at the moment.”
Kazuo Ishiguro Was Already a Reputed Writer in Great Britain
This is not the first time Ishiguro received recognition for his work. He was already present among the exclusive club of valuable British writers.
Ishiguro won Booker for ‘The Remains of the Day.’ He also accepted an Order of the British Empire medal. The Swedish Academy marked all his eight novels as fundamental works that convey powerful messages.
Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki. His father’s nomination as the head of the British National Institute of Oceanography was his destiny’s way to transport the little boy to the land of tea lovers.
Such a disruptive event that stole him from the comfortable bubble of his homeland made him realize that he has a rich imagination. He used this skill to write stories centered on Japanese characters and real historic events.
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