Kazuo Ishiguro wanted to be a singer and songwriter, but he never succeeded in the music business. However, writing songs did help him and he became the most influential and most acclaimed British writers of his generation.
On Tuesday the 62-year-old was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He is best known for his novels “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go.”
Permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, said he is a writer of great integrity.
She added, “If you mix Jane Austen and Franz Kafka then you have Kazuo Ishiguro in a nutshell, but you have to add a little bit of Marcel Proust into the mix.”
Talking to the media people at his London publisher’s office earlier today he said the Nobel Award came as a genuine shock to him.
The novels of Ishiguro are often written in the first person. In his 35 years of writing career he has gained a good recognition for his stark. He uses rich subtext in his writing.
Author of “The English Patient,” Michael Ondaatje, said Ishiguro is a mysterious writer and with every book of his he surprises him.
The Canadian novelist further added that he was thrilled to learn about being awarded with Nobel Prize.
Ishiguro was born in 1954 in Japanese city Nagasaki to an oceanographer father. At the age of just 5 he moved to Surrey in England. He attended Woking County Grammar School and discovered literature at a very young age after reading the stories of Sherlock Holmes.