Books | October 5, 2017 8:54 am

Nobel Prize in Literature Awarded to Kazoo Ishiguro

The Swedish committee made the announcement on Thursday.

Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro meets fans and signs copies of his new novel 'The Buried Giant' at Waterstone's, Piccadilly on March 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

English author Kazoo Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday, according to the New York Times.

The work of the 62-year-old, who was born in Japan and moved to England when he was only five, uncovered  “the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world,” the prize committee reportedly said.

“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, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, said on Thursday. “Then you stir, but not too much, then you have his writings.”

His best-known work, “The Remains of the Day,” in 1989 won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and went on to become an Academy-award nominated movie starring Anthony Hopkins.