University of East Anglia graduate and author Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize for Literature

PUBLISHED: 13:38 05 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:31 05 October 2017

Kazuo Ishiguro. 
Photo: Jeff Cottenden

Kazuo Ishiguro. Photo: Jeff Cottenden

Jeff Cottenden

An author who studied at the University of East Anglia has won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Kazuo Ishiguro was announced as the winner of the 2017 award on Thursday.

The author - whose most famous novels The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go have both been adapted into films - gained his master’s degree from the Norwich university’s creative writing course in 1980, where his tutors were Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter.

The novelist was praised by the Swedish Academy as a writer “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.

The 62-year-old, who has written eight books, said the award was “flabbergastingly flattering”.

He is due to visit the University of East Anglia on Wednesday, October 11 from 7pm to 8pm.

The university took to Twitter to congratulate the author.

Its vice-chancellor, professor David Richardson, tweeted: “Very proud of our alumnus Kazuo Ishiguro. Congratulations on being awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.”

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