Kazuo Ishiguro, the Japanese-born English writer, has won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Swedish Academy made the announcement on Thursday in Stockholm.
Sara Danius, the academy's secretary, praised the works of Ishiguro. She said, "He's a very interesting writer in many ways." Danius described him as "one of the most exquisite novelists in our time." His best-known work is The Remains of the Day, which was published in 1989. It tells of a man who worked as a butler, the main male servant in the home of a rich person. He looks back on a life in service to the wealthy. The book tells us about the society of 20th-century England. The work earned Ishiguro the Man Booker Prize in 1989.
The choice of Ishiguro for the Nobel Prize marked a return to traditional literature following two years of choices by the Swedish Academy. Last year, the literature prize went to American singer and songwriter Bob Dylan. In 2015, it went to Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus, a journalist.
Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan. He moved with his family to Britain when he was five years old. Although he did not return to Japan until he was in his 30s, Japanese characters were important in his first two novels— A Pale View of Hills and An Artist of the Floating World.
The writer will receive $1.1 million in prize money for winning the literature award.