The Nobel Prize for Literature 2017 awarded yesterday the British writer Kazoo Ishiguro, succeeding the poet and musician Bob Dylan.
Kazuo Ishiguro, 62-year-old, “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world,” said the perpetual secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, during the ritual announcement under the gold of the stock exchange in Stockholm.
“It’s a wonderful honor, mainly because it means that I walk in the footsteps of the greatest writers of all time, it’s a fantastic recognition,” he told the BBC. “The world is going through a period of uncertainty and I would like to see the Nobel Prize as a positive force in the world ” he concluded.
The 62-year-old writer said the award was “flabbergastingly flattering”. He has written eight books, which have been translated into over 40 languages.
Ishiguro editor, Faber & Faber, also reacted, on Twitter, saying “we’re thrilled that Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel Prize!”