The Remains of the Day author is a previous recipient of the Man Booker

By David Canfield
October 05, 2017 at 09:04 AM EDT
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British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Ishiguro, who moved to Britain from Japan at the age of 5, has been a celebrated writer of novels and short stories for decades, first listed on Granta’s Best British Young Novelists list in 1983. He’s most known for his Man Booker Prize-winning 1989 classic The Remains of the Day, which was eventually turned into a film starring Anthony Hopkins, and the acclaimed 2005 dystopia Never Let Me Go. He also wrote the original screenplay for the James Ivory-Ralph Fiennes collaboration The White Countess.

Ishiguro has been listed by such publications as TIME in the U.S. and The Timesin the U.K. as among the great British novelists of his lifetime.

“If you mix Jane Austen and Franz Kafka, then you have Kazuo Ishiguro in a nutshell, but you have to add a little bit of Marcel Proust into the mix,” Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, said on Thursday. “Then you stir, but not too much, then you have his writings.”

“Ishiguro’s writings are marked by a carefully restrained mode of expression, independent of whatever events are taking place,” the prize committee wrote in a statement. “At the same time, his more recent fiction contains fantastic features.”

Ishiguro’s most recent novel, The Buried Giant of 2015, earned mixed reviews. His Nobel Prize win follows the committee’s controversial selection of Bob Dylan, who notably did not attend the prize banquet last year.