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Kazuo Ishiguro
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Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. His nine works of fiction have earned him many honours around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize. His work has been translated into over fifty languages and The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both made into acclaimed films, have each sold over a million copies in Faber editions. He received a knighthood in 2018 for Services to Literature. He also holds the decorations of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from Japan. His latest novel, Klara and the Sun, was published in 2021.

Books by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Nobel Prize in Literature 2017: official interview
The impact of artificial intelligence on human love - Kazuo Ishiguro
Author Videos
Nobel Prize in Literature 2017: official interview
Nobel Prize in Literature 2017: official interview
The impact of artificial intelligence on human love - Kazuo Ishiguro
The impact of artificial intelligence on human love - Kazuo Ishiguro
Praise for Kazuo Ishiguro

‘Novels of great emotional force . . . [Ishiguro] has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.’

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2017
Praise for Kazuo Ishiguro

‘An original and remarkable genius.’

New York Times
Praise for Kazuo Ishiguro

‘A master story-teller.’

Independent
Praise for Kazuo Ishiguro

‘What stays with you in Klara and the Sun is the haunting narrative voice – a genuinely innocent, ego-less perspective on the strange behaviour of humans obsessed and wounded by power, status and fear.’

Booker Judges 2021
Praise for Kazuo Ishiguro

‘A master craftsman.’

Margaret Atwood, Slate
Praise for Kazuo Ishiguro

‘Ishiguro is a remarkable novelist.’

Neil Gaiman, New York Times Book Review
Praise for Kazuo Ishiguro

‘A masterpiece of great beauty, meticulous control and, as ever, clear, simple prose.’

Sunday Times
Praise for Kazuo Ishiguro

‘This is a novel for fans of Never Let Me Go, with which it shares a DNA of emotional openness, the quality of letting us see ourselves from the outside, and a vision of humanity which – while not exactly optimistic – is tender, touching and true.’

The Times
Praise for Kazuo Ishiguro

‘There is something so steady and beautiful about the way Klara is always approaching connection, like a Zeno's arrow of the heart. People will absolutely love this book, in part because it enacts the way we learn how to love.’

Anne Enright, Guardian
Praise for Kazuo Ishiguro

‘Another masterpiece, a work that makes us feel afresh the beauty and fragility of our humanity.’

Alex Preston, Observer
Praise for Kazuo Ishiguro

‘It is innocence that forms Ishiguro's major subject, explored in novels at once familiar and strange, which only gradually display their true and devastating significance.’

Financial Times
Quotes from Kazuo Ishiguro

‘There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay . . .’

The Buried Giant
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‘The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.’

Never Let Me Go
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‘Do you believe in the human heart?’

Klara and the Sun
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Live: Watch Kazuo Ishiguro deliver his Nobel lecture

This evening, Kazuo Ishiguro will receive the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Swedish Academy awarded the prize to Ishiguro, ‘who in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world’, in October. Watch him deliver his acceptance lecture live from Stockholm.  

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Discover the work of Kazuo Ishiguro

The novels of Kazuo Ishiguro have won multiple accolades, been translated into over 40 languages, and continue to captivate readers the world over. If you’ve just begun to discover his writing, here’s a quick introduction to the works of the newly appointed Nobel Laureate.   An Artist of the Floating World Winner of the Whitbread […]

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The Nobel Prize in Literature 2017: Kazuo Ishiguro

We are absolutely delighted that Kazuo Ishiguro has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2017. His work has been an inspiration for millions of readers around the world, and his extraordinary fiction will be read for generations to come. Here is the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2017: Watch the very moment […]