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Kazuo Ishiguro takes Nobel Prize for Literature

Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 01:42

British writer Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize for Literature, marking a return to traditional interpretations of the prize after singer-songwriter Bob Dylan won last year. Matthew Larotonda reports.

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British writer Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel Prize for Literature -- the 69 year old author one of the most critically acclaimed in the United Kingdom in modern times. He's written books with themes of regret, acceptance, and absurdity. Born in Japan, Ishiguro has also been vocal on world crises - including xenophobia and immigration. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KAZUO ISHIGURO, AUTHOR, SAYING: "I hope that these kinds of themes will actually be in some small way helpful to the climate we have at the moment because I think we have entered a very uncertain time in the world at the moment." One of Ishiguro's most renowned works, "Remains of the Day," details the life of an elderly butler, whether it was wasted in years of obedience, and his missed chance at falling in love. It was turned into a 1993 movie featuring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, nominated for an Oscar. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PERMANENT SECRETARY OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY, SARA DANIUS, SAYING: "He's an exquisite novelist. I would say that if you mix Jane Austen and Kafka you get Ishiguro in a nutshell." Ishiguro didn't know he'd actually won the prize until he was contacted by media, initially thinking it was a hoax. He now takes his place in a pantheon including Toni Morrison and Ernest Hemingway. This year returning the prize to its more traditionally-interpreted roots, after it was given to Bob Dylan last year.

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Kazuo Ishiguro takes Nobel Prize for Literature

Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 01:42