Kazuo Ishiguro, A Safe Choice for Nobel Prize in Literature

Kazuo Ishiguro

It’s interesting that sometimes, when various personalities or artists win the prestigious Nobel Prize they are not very happy about it. This happened with Saul Bellow, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature back in 1976. According to him, the childish part of him was happy, but the more rational one was not. Part of his reasoning was that there have been greater writers who didn’t get this award. So, in a way, he felt humiliated. Then there was the controversy with last year’s winner, Bob Dylan. He sparked even more controversy when it was revealed that he supposedly copied parts of his acceptance speech from SparkNotes.

However, this year’s winner is a very safe choice for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Japan but grew up and received education in England. For about 40 years, he has been one of the writers that have influenced people with their art. None of his works resembles the other and his most famous work is The Remains of the Day, from 1989, his third book. It was even adapted into a successful movie with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.

Kazuo Ishiguro, truly deserving

He was born in Nagasaki, Japan, but moved to England when he was five. And critics have said that it may be because of his dual nature that his characters are also usually caught between two different worlds. Another very successful novel of his, Never Let Me Go (2005), was a special kind of dystopian, sci-fi novel. His most recent novel switched genres again. The Buried Giant (2015) is a medieval fantasy with dragons and ogres. Some critics have even described it as a Game of Thrones-style story but with more conscience.

According to the secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, Ishiguro never disappoints. He is seen as a combination of Franz Kafka with Jane Austen then maybe with a little bit of Proust.

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