Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro
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Ishiguro in Stockholm in December 2017
Native name石黒 一雄
Born (1954-11-08) 8 November 1954 (age 63)
Nagasaki, Japan
CitizenshipJapan (until 1983)
United Kingdom (since 1983)
Notable works
Notable awards
SpouseLorna MacDougall (m. 1986)
ChildrenNaomi Ishiguro (born 1992)

Sir Kazuo Ishiguro OBE FRSA FRSL (born 8 November 1954) is a Nobel Prize-winning British novelist, screenwriter, and short-story writer. He was born in Nagasaki, Japan; his family moved to the UK in 1960 when he was five. Ishiguro graduated from the University of Kent with a bachelor's degree in English and Philosophy in 1978 and gained his master's from the University of East Anglia's creative writing course in 1980.

Ishiguro is considered one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, having received four Man Booker Prize nominations, and having won the award in 1989, for his novel The Remains of the Day. Ishiguro's 2005 novel, Never Let Me Go, was named by Time as the best novel of the year, and was included in the magazine's list of the 100 best English-language novels published between 1923 and 2005. Growing up in a Japanese family in the UK was crucial to his writing, as it enabled him, he says, to see things from a different perspective to that of many of his British peers.[1] His seventh novel, The Buried Giant, was published in 2015.

In 2017, the Swedish Academy awarded Ishiguro the Nobel Prize in Literature, describing him in its citation as a writer "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world".[2] Ishiguro was knighted in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List[3].

Early life

Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan on 8 November 1954, the son of Shizuo Ishiguro, a physical oceanographer, and his wife Shizuko.[4] At the age of five,[5] Ishiguro and his family (including his two sisters) left Japan and moved to Guildford, Surrey, as his father was invited for research at the National Institute of Oceanography.[4][6][7] He did not return to visit Japan until 1989, nearly 30 years later, as a participant in the Japan Foundation Short-Term visitors Program. In an interview with Kenzaburō Ōe, Ishiguro stated that the Japanese settings of his first two novels were imaginary: "I grew up with a very strong image in my head of this other country, a very important other country to which I had a strong emotional tie… In England I was all the time building up this picture in my head, an imaginary Japan."[5]

He attended Stoughton Primary School and then Woking County Grammar School in Surrey.[4] After finishing school, he took a gap year and travelled through the United States and Canada, while writing a journal and sending demo tapes to record companies.[4] In 1974, he began studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury, graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts (honours) in English and Philosophy.[4] After spending a year writing fiction, he resumed his studies at the University of East Anglia where he studied with Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter, and gained a Master of Arts in Creative Writing in 1980.[4][6] His thesis became his first novel, A Pale View of Hills, published in 1982.[8] He became a British citizen in 1983.[9]

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