Kazuo Ishiguro has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature.
According to Guardian, the Japanese-British novelist has been praised by the Swedish Academy for his “novels of great emotional force”, and the academy added that Ishiguro’s works “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.
This unprecedented announcement came at a time when booksellers predicted names like Margaret Atwood, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Haruki Murakami. However, Ishiguro’s surprising and satisfying win comes a year after Bob Dylan won the prize and stirred major controversy and conversations on forms of literature.
Ishiguro’s books include Booker Prize winning title Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day. The Academy, described these works as “marked by a carefully restrained mode of expression, independent of whatever events are taking place”.
In his phone chat with BBC, the writer called the award a “magnificent honour, mainly because it means that I’m in the footsteps of the greatest authors that have lived”.
He continued, saying, “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. I’ll be deeply moved if I could in some way be part of some sort of climate this year in contributing to some sort of positive atmosphere at a very uncertain time.”
Presently, writers and literary enthusiasts all over the world are currently celebrating the novelist.
“Many congratulations to my old friend Ish, whose work I’ve loved and admired ever since I first read A Pale View of Hills. And he plays the guitar and writes sings too! Roll over Bob Dylan,” said Salman Rushdie to the Guardian.