Kazuo Ishiguro Comments on his Nobel Literature Prize Win

By October 6, 2017Authors, Literary Awards, News

As we reported, it was announced earlier this week that the British author Kazuo Ishiguro has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 2017. The famed author has written many notable works, including the likes of The Remains of the Day, When We Were Orphans, and Never Let Me Go.

Since winning the highly coveted award, Ishiguro has stated that the prize is “flabbergastingly flattering”. He was initially contacted by the BBC and he revealed that he hadn’t yet been contacted by the Nobel committee and he was worried it was all a hoax.

“It’s a magnificent honour, mainly because it means that I’m in the footsteps of the greatest authors that have lived, so that’s a terrific commendation,” he said. He went on to say that he hopes the Nobel prizes will be a force for good. “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.” He added: “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.”

Ishiguro won the Nobel prize for literature for his 2015 book The Buried Giant. The committee praised it for examining “how memory relates to oblivion, history to the present, and fantasy to reality”.

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