The British novelist of Japanese background, Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded for the 2017 Nobel prize in literature.
62years old novelist was born and raised in Nagasaki, Japan until the age of 5. Then he moved to Guildford, England with his parents. He spoke Japanese in the house, but was entirely educated by the British. Not a Japanese writer, but comes from a Japanese heritage, Ishiguro’s unique background formed his writing style.
As a novelist, his first two books were based on his personal memory of Japan, with a first person point of view. Then the third book “The remains of the day” made him internationally well known. The book is told in the first-person narration of an English butler named Stevens, before the second world war. A film based on the novel, starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, was nominated for eight Academy Awards.
In this video, Kazuo Ishiguro answers about his cultural background and how he commits to his work. Also talks about his masterpieces “The Buried Giant”.