“As a writer, I’m more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened.”
Born : November 8, 1954, Nagasaki, Japan
Spouse : Lorna MacDougall
Children : Naomi Ishiguro(Daughter)
Nationality : Japanese, British
Occupation : Writer
Awards : Nobel Prize in Literature(2017), Booker Prize(1989), Order of the British Empire(1995), Ordre des Arts et des Lettres(1998), Ordre des Arts et des Lettres(1986)
Here are some interesting facts about Kazuo Ishiguro :
Kazoo Ishiguro reached the height of his career when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017. The British writer was described by the Swedish Academy as someone “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.
Kazuo Ishiguro is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and screenwriter whose works has gained high reputation in English speaking countries. He has famous works like The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go and The Buried Giant. His other works include The Unconsoled, An Artist of the Floating World .
Migration from Japan
Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki in Japan, but at age five, his family moved to the Guildford, Surrey when his father received a research invitation from the National Institute of Oceanography. In 1978, he received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy and started writing.
Going into fiction writing after his first degree, Nobel Prize furthered his education, receiving a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in 1980. In 1982, his thesis, A Pale View of Hills, became his first novel.
Despite moving to Britain at age five, Ishiguro officially became a British citizen in 1983. His first return to his home country, Japan was in 1989, while participating in the Japan Foundation Short-Term Visitors Program. It was almost 30 years after leaving the country at age five.
Ishiguro is an astute novelist and songwriter who has co-written many songs with jazz singer Stacey Kent and her husband Jim Tomlinson. In fact, he contributed to Kent’s album Breakfast on the Morning Tram, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2007. Other works include The Changing Lights, In Love Again and I Know I Dream.
Even though Ishiguro has won several top awards, he achieved his greatest height when the Swedish Academy, named him as the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017. He is reported to have expressed shock for winning the prize, which had other great writers as competitors.
UK May Cease to Exit
After the United Kingdom voted to bow out of the European Union in 2016, Ishiguro expressed great concerns on the situation. He suggested that the UK is cease to exist without EU.