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Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel prize in Literature

English novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday.

Mr. Ishiguro, 62, is best known for his novels “The Remains of the Day,” about a butler serving an English lord in the years leading up to World War II, and “Never Let Me Go,” a melancholy dystopian love story set in a British boarding school.

In a statement released by his publisher, Mr. Ishiguro expressed astonishment at the award, calling it, “amazing and totally unexpected news”

“It comes at a time when the world is uncertain about its values, its leadership and its safety,” he wrote. “I just hope that my receiving this huge honor will, even in a small way, encourage the forces for good will and peace at this time.”

Born in 1954 in Nagasaki and educated in Britain, Ishiguro has enjoyed a career that spans some 35 years, and has gained wide recognition for his idiosyncratic, emotionally restrained prose style.

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