On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the Swedish Academy awarded the coveted Nobel Prize in Literature to British author Kazuo Ishiguro. Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan but his family moved to England in 1960 when he was five years old. The author of Never Let Me Go, The Buried Giant and The Remains of The Day is one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors who has already received four Man Booker Prize nominations and won the award in 1989 for his novel The Remains of The Day. He is the 110th recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Many people were hoping that celebrated Japanese author Haruki Murakami or American author Philip Roth might win the prize but Kazuo Ishiguro’s work has long been well appreciated and regarded as exemplary. His characters are known to be complex and relatably flawed which makes them believable and easy to identify with. So here we have got a list of some of the most profound and exemplary quotes from his books.

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The Swedish Academy announced the award on October 5, 2017 and said of Kazuo Ishiguro’s work, “In novels of great emotional force, [he] has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world,” later adding, “If you mix Jane Austin with Franz Kafka, you have Kazuo Ishiguro. You have to add a bit of Marcel Proust in there too.” Check out Sara Danius’s announcement of the award below. Bob Dylan: Top 10 Best Songs of Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 winner

Kazuo Ishiguro wins the prize

Sara Danius talking about Kazuo Ishiguro’s writing style

The Nobel Prize in Literature announcement by the official Twitter handle of Nobel Prize

Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro will most probably be more present on people’s bookshelves now that he has won the coveted prize. However, if you still haven’t read any of his books then here are some quotes from his famous works which will compel you to take up reading on his works.

1. “Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

2. “Sometimes I get so immersed in my own company, if I unexpectedly run into someone I know, it’s a bit of a shock and takes me a while to adjust.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

3. “All children have to be deceived if they are to grow up without trauma.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

4. “What is the point of worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took? Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy. And if some of us are prepared to sacrifice much in life in order to pursue such aspirations, surely that in itself, whatever the outcome, cause for pride and contentment.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

5. “But then again I wonder if what we feel in our hearts today isn’t like these raindrops still falling on us from the soaked leaves above, even though the sky itself long stopped raining. I’m wondering if without our memories, there’s nothing for it but for our love to fade and die.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, The Buried Giant

6. “Perhaps there are those who are able to go about their lives unfettered by such concerns. But for those like us, our fate is to face the world as orphans, chasing through long years the shadows of vanished parents. There is nothing for it but to try and see through our missions to the end, as best we can, for until we do so, we will be permitted no calm.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, When We Were Orphans

7. “As with a wound on one’s own body, it is possible to develop an intimacy with the most disturbing of things”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, A Pale View of Hills

8. “When you are young, there are many things which appear dull and lifeless. But as you get older, you will find these are the very things that are most important to you.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, An Artist of the Floating World

9. “There is certainly a satisfaction and dignity to be gained in coming to terms with the mistakes one has made in the course of one’s life”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, An Artist of the Floating World

10. “But God will know the slow tread of an old couple’s love for each other, and understand how black shadows make part of its whole.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, The Buried Giant

Kazuo Ishiguro succeeds the American songwriter and singer Bob Dylan who won the award in 2016. Congratulations to Kazuo Ishiguro to have won this prestigious and coveted award instituted by Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel and happy reading to all his old and new fans, we hope we got you hooked onto his works with these profound quotes.