Congratulations, Kazuo Ishiguro

My favourite day

Today is one of my favourite days of the year: when the Nobel Laureate in Literature is announced by the Swedish Academy. Last year, I was extremely disappointed with their choice of Bob Dylan. For me, he was not really worthy of being bestowed with the honour of being a Nobel laureate and his indifference regarding acknowledging the honour and coming to Stockholm to accept it seemed to verify that even he didn’t think he should have received it.

“… a writer of great integrity.”

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Kazuo Ishiguro (Source: Paris Review)

This year is a different story. Kazuo Ishiguro, the author of The Buried Giant, The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go (just to name a few) is the 2017 Nobel Laureate in Literature.

Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, described Ishiguro as a writer of great integrity and said of his writing style that it was a mix of Jane Austen and Franz Kafka, with a touch of Marcel Proust stirred in. I think that sums it up perfectly. His writing is elegant, sometimes deceptively uncomplicated, and full of resonance.

I first stumbled upon Kazuo Ishiguro’s work during my last year of grad school. I needed something to distract me while I was finishing my MFA thesis. I borrowed a copy of The Remains of the Day from the library and fell in love with Ishiguro’s beautiful sense of language and storytelling. I promised myself I would read more of his work, but that didn’t happen again until many years later, when I picked up a copy of Never Let Me Go while on my way to the US. I read the entire novel while in transit, then began re-reading it once I’d arrived in Philadelphia just for the sheer pleasure of re-immersing myself in the world he’d created.

Today, to celebrate the announcement, I treated myself to a Kindle copy of Nocturnes, Ishiguro’s short story collection published in 2009. I’m looking forward to being captivated by his way with words and rich character depiction.

If you haven’t read any of Kazuo Ishiguro’s work, check out this list of his titles and see if anything strikes your fancy:

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An Artist of the Floating World

The Remains of the Day

The Unconsoled

When We Were Orphans

Never Let Me Go

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

The Buried Giant

5 thoughts on “Congratulations, Kazuo Ishiguro

  1. SO excited about this, and the Nobel for literature usually leaves me a bit tepid. But not this year! Love this versatile writer, whose novels I’ve devoured. But my all-time favorites are Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go. Thanks for highlighting this extremely worthy (and extremely humble) novelist, Kim! Well deserved recognition for this talented novelist.

  2. BTW, Kim, also wanted to add that, like you, I was extremely disappointed with last year’s nomination, and didn’t buy the whole songwriter/profound poet justification. So much happier this year!

    • I didn’t buy it either! It was such a cop-out when there are so many very worthy authors out there: Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Milan Kundera, John Edgar Wideman, Andrea Levy, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, just to name a few.

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