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Kazuo Ishiguro: A writer free from boundaries

Recalling an encounter with the UK-based Nobel laureate

Kazuo Ishiguro speaks to the media outside his home, following the announcement that he has won the Nobel Prize in literature, in London, on Oct. 5.   © Reuters

I remember Kazuo Ishiguro's polite voice when he called me at my hotel in London around midnight. In his gentle, low voice, he said: "Good evening, this is Kazuo Ishiguro. I am sorry to call you late at night, but I heard you were looking for me." It was in the year 2000, right after Ishiguro was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a prestigious British literature award, with his novel "When We Were Orphans."

I immediately noticed Ishiguro spoke English with a slight Japanese accent -- perhaps not even an accent, but rather the kind of familiar sounds of English spoken by a Japanese person.

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