University of Kent alumnus Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize for Literature 2017

PUBLISHED: 12:21 05 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:21 05 October 2017

Kazuo Ishiguro. Picture: Mariusz Kubik

Kazuo Ishiguro. Picture: Mariusz Kubik


The author is best known for his 1989 book the Remains of the Day

Former University of Kent student Kazuo Ishiguro has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.

The writer of the Remains of the Day - which was made into a movie featuring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson - was presented with the honour with the judges saying “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.

Born in Nagasaki in November 1954, he attended the university in Canterbury where he graduated in 1978 with a bachelor of arts (honours) in English and philosophy.

He then went on to spend a year writing before returning to study at the University of East Anglia. He became a British citizen in 1982.

The celebrated writer has previously received four Man Booker Prize nominations, winning in 1989 for the Remains of the Day.

Head of the school of English at the University of Kent, Professor Wendy Parkins, said: “We are delighted to hear that former Kent student Kazuo Ishiguro has received the Nobel Prize for Literature and the university offers its warmest congratulations on his success. He is one of those rare writers whose work engages both our thoughts and emotions in a beguiling way.”


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