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British author Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in Literature

(Xinhua)    09:24, October 06, 2017

Author Kazuo Ishiguro poses for a photo before receiving the "Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa" prize for literature, in Santa Margherita Belice, near Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy, Saturday Aug. 8, 2009. Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, in black-and-white in background, was a Sicilian writer who died in 1957 famous for his novel "The Leopard." [File Photo: AP/Alessandro Fucarini]

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017 is awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world", the Swedish Academy announced in Stockholm on Thursday.

Kazuo Ishiguro has been a full-time author ever since his first book, A Pale View of Hills (1982). The themes Ishiguro is most associated with are already present here: memory, time, and self-delusion, said the Swedish Academy in his biobibliographical notes.

Nobel Laureate in Literature Ishiguro's books at the press conference in Stockholm on Oct. 5, 2017. [Photo: China Plus/Chen Xuefei]

Ishiguro's writings are marked by a carefully restrained mode of expression, independent of whatever events are taking place. At the same time, his more recent fiction contains fantastic features, the notes added.

"His novel, as in several others, we also find musical influences," the notes said, adding that apart from his eight books, Ishiguro has also written scripts for film and television.

Kazuo Ishiguro was born on Nov. 8, 1954 in Nagasaki, Japan. The family moved to the United Kingdom when he was five years old. In the late 1970s, Ishiguro graduated in English and Philosophy at the University of Kent, and then went on to study Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

This year's prize is 9 million SEK (1.1 million U.S. dollars).


Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of Swedish Academy makes the announcement of 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature and is interviewed by media on Oct. 5, 2017 in Stockholm. [Photo: China Plus/Chen Xuefei] 

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