Congratulations to Kazuo Ishiguro on winning the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017!
Ishiguro was announced as the winner at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm on 5 October. The Swedish Academy said Ishiguro’s novels had ‘uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world’.
Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, described Ishiguro as a ‘truly exquisite’ writer. ‘If you mix Jane Austen and Franz Kafka, then you’ll get Kazuo Ishiguro in a nutshell. But you have to add a little bit of Marcel Proust into the mix, stir but not too much, and then you have his writing. At the same time, he’s a writer of great integrity, he doesn’t look to the side, he’s developed an aesthetic universe of his own.’