Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

This Dec. 4, 2011, file photo shows Japanese author Kazuo Ishiguro, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature, arrive for the 14th annual British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate, London. Joel Ryan/AP, File

British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday.

He is known for novels like "The Remains of the Day," which won the 1989 Man Booker Prize, and "Never Let Me Go," which was made into a feature film in 2010.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguro and starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield, it tells the story of three friends who come to realize what their English boarding school is actually preparing them for. (Published Wednesday, June 16, 2010)

Born in Japan, Ishiguro now lives in Britain and writes in English. The Swedish Academy cited him for "novels of great emotional force, (he) has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world."

Haruki Murakami of Japan and Kenya's Ngugi wa Thiong'o were seen as top contenders for the 9-million-kronor ($1.1 million) prize.

Last year's literature prize went to American songwriter Bob Dylan and the previous year's to Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich.

Alfred Nobel, the Swedish industrialist and inventor whose will established the prizes, said he wanted the literature award to honor "ideal" work, without defining the term.

American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature on Oct. 13, 2016, a stunning announcement that for the first time bestowed the prestigious award on a musician. (Published Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016)