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UK’s Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in Literature

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UK’s Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in Literature © David Cooper / Getty Images UK’s Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in Literature

English author Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature for his outstanding novels. 

The Swedish Academy panel praised the writer for his “novels of great emotional force”, which it said had “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.

His other notable books include The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both adapted into highly acclaimed films. The writer was awarded an OBE in 1995, the BBC says.

Ishiguro called the award “amazing and totally unexpected news” and “flabbergastingly flattering”.

“It comes at a time when the world is uncertain about its values, its leadership and its safety,” he said. “I just hope that my receiving this huge honour will, even in a small way, encourage the forces for goodwill and peace at this time.”

“With names including Margaret Atwood, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Haruki Murakami leading the odds at the bookmakers, Ishiguro was a surprise choice,” The Guardian says. 

Ishiguro has written eight books, which have been translated into more than 40 languages.

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