The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017 was awarded on 5 October
to Kazuo Ishiguro "who, in novels of great
emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense
of connection with the world". For first reactions to the
announcement, see the BBC article of 5 October and Alison Flood's
piece in The Guardian also 5 October.
The London-based writer has written seven novels - all published
by Faber & Faber:
- A Pale View of Hills (1982, Winifred Holtby
- An Artist of the Floating World (1986, Whitbread Book
of the Year Award, Premio Scanno, shortlisted for the Booker
- The Remains of the Day (1989, winner of the Booker
- The Unconsoled (1995, winner of the Cheltenham
- When We Were Orphans (2000, shortlisted for the Booker
- Never Let Me Go (2005, Corine Internationaler
Buchpreis, Serono Literary Prize, Casino de Santiago European Novel
Award, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize) and
- The Buried Giant (2015).
The Faber website notes that The Remains of
the Day and Never Let Me Go have each sold in excess
of 1,000,000 copies in Faber editions alone, and both were adapted
into highly acclaimed films.
The Nobel Prize is an international award
administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden, and
based on the fortune of Alfred Nobel, Swedish inventor and
entrepreneur. In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank established The Sveriges
Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel,
founder of the Nobel Prize. There are six categories (Chemistry,
Economic Sciences, Literature, Medicine, Peace, and Physics) and
each Prize consists of a medal, a personal diploma, and a cash
The Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to
"the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the
most outstanding work in an ideal direction". It has been awarded
since 1901 but some years there were no awards. No Scottish writer
has been awarded this prize.
For more about the Nobel Prize in Literature including details
of all the Laureates, see the Nobel Prize website.
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