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October 05, 2017

Meet the winner of Nobel Prize in Literature 2017

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British novelist, screenwriter and short story writer Kazuo Ishiguro has been named winner of this year's Nobel prize in literature 2017, praised by the Swedish Academy for his “novels of great emotional force”, which it said had “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”. 

Ishiguro was born on 8 November 1954 (age 62) in Japan. His family moved to the United Kingdom when he was five years old.

He is known best for his novels The Buried Giant, Never Let Me Go, and The Remains of the Day. His latest novel, The Buried Giant (2015) explores how memory relates to oblivion, history to the present, and fantasy to reality.

He has previously been awarded four Man Booker Prize nominations, winning it in 1989 for his best-known novel, The Remains of the Day, which was turned into a film starring Anthony Hopkins in 1993.

Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood was the last minute hot favorite to win the Literature Nobel this year. She won the Man Booker Prize in 2000 for The Blind Assassin and the adaptation of her novel The Handmaid’s Tale has been a raging success for Hulu this year.

Last year, the prize was controversially awarded to singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan, “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Dylan initially refused to comment on the award, and only accepted the prize after a lengthy delay.

The Nobel Prize for Literature is the 4th of this month’s Nobel Prizes to be announced, following Nobel Prize for Physiology / Medicine 2017 (Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young), Nobel Prize for Physics 2017 (Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish, and Kip Thorne) and Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 (Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson).

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