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.