Published 5 October 2017 by Lisa Vincenz-Donnelly

Kazuo Ishiguro Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

Nobel Prize Literature 2017 Ishiguro

The Nobel Prize in Literature 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.” Ishiguro, born 8 November 1954 in Nagasaki, Japan, grew up in the United Kingdom, where he first graduated in English and Philosophy at the University of Kent, and later went on to study Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. His first novel A Pale View of Hills was published in 1982. Already in his early works, his writing deals with the themes of memory, time and self-delusion. Among his most renowned works are the novels The Remains of the Day (1989) and Never Let Me Go (2005), which were turned into films, as well as When We Were Orphans (2000). In several of his works, including in his collection of short stories Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall (2009), music plays an important role. Ishiguro published his seventh and latest novel The Buried Giant in 2015.

This post is based on the biobibliographical notes provided by the Swedish Academy.


Lisa Vincenz-Donnelly

Lisa Vincenz-Donnelly is a member of the communications team of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Before joining the Lindau team, she studied Chemistry and Biochemistry in Galway, Ireland, and completed her doctoral degree in the lab of F. Ulrich Hartl at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany.