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Japan-born Brit Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in literature

Author of 'The Remains of the Day' was born in Nagasaki, grew up in UK

Kazuo Ishiguro

TOKYO -- This year's Nobel Prize in literature has gone to British writer Kazuo Ishiguro, the Swedish Academy said on Thursday.

Ishiguro, 62, was born in Japan's Nagasaki Prefecture before his family moved to the U.K. when he was five.

He is best known for his novel "The Remains of the Day," which won the Man Booker Prize and was adapted into a film. He also wrote the bestselling "Never Let Me Go," which was also made into a film as well as a TV drama in Japan, and other titles.

The academy said in a statement that Ishiguro "has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world."

In an interview with The Nikkei in 2015, he said that everything he needed to write was in his head, and that he could write anywhere it was quiet. 

The biographical notes by the academy say that Ishiguro's writings are "marked by a carefully restrained mode of expression, independent of whatever events are taking place."

Apart from his books, Ishiguro has also written scripts for film and television.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and philosophy from the University of Kent in the late 1970s, and went on to earn a master's degree in creative writing at the University of East Anglia.

The Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, who is famous for his works "Norwegian Wood" and "Kafka on the Shore," was widely expected to win the award, but missed the prize again this year.

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