Thursday, 5 October 2017

Kazuo Ishiguro: Five Quick Facts About the 2017 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature!

Japanese-British novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature.

According to Guardian, the popular author 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”.

See Five things you need to know about the Novelist

1. Kazuo Ishiguro was born on November 1954, in Nagasaki in Japan – one of the two cities that had been blasted by the atomic bomb just nine years earlier – but in 1960 he moved with his parents to England.

2. His success as a writer owes a fair bit to his training – which he undertook on the first British university course in Creative Writing.

3. Kazuo Ishiguro has also written lyrics for jazz songs. In 2002, he appeared on the BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs and chose his eight favourite songs. One of them was jazz singer Stacey Kent’s recording of the song ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’. Ishiguro and Kent subsequently met and formed a creative partnership, with Ishiguro writing the lyrics for a number of Kent’s songs.

4. He worked for a time as a social worker. where he met his future wife, also a social worker, while he was working as a residential resettlement worker. Ishiguro’s experience of social care undoubtedly played a part in the writing of Never Let Me Go (2005),

5. Never Let Me Go almost won the Booker Prize – but narrowly lost out to John Banville’s The Sea. Ishiguro’s novel was in the running for the prize, but Irish writer John Banville just pipped Ishiguro to the prestigious award.

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