New York, Oct 5: The Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017 was awarded to English writer Kazuo Ishiguro. The Awards Committee announced the award on Thursday.

The other top contenders for 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature were Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Japan’s Haruki Murakami, Canada’s Margaret Atwood and Israel’s Amos Oz. Other favourites were Syrian poet Adonis and author Don DeLillo of the United States.

In 2016, the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. The award was announced by Professor Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, on October 13, 2016. Bob Dylan is the first songwriter to win the Nobel Literature Prize. Dylan accepted the prize in a private ceremony in April 2017.

“He (Bob Dylan) dedicated himself body and soul to 20th century American popular music, the kind played on radio stations and gramophone records for ordinary people, white and black: protest songs, country, blues, early rock, gospel, mainstream music. He listened day and night, testing the stuff on his instruments, trying to learn,” the Nobel Prize speech read.

“But when he started to write similar songs, they came out differently. In his hands, the material changed. From what he discovered in heirloom and scrap, in banal rhyme and quick wit, in curses and pious prayers, sweet nothings, and crude jokes, he panned poetry gold, whether on purpose or by accident is irrelevant; all creativity begins in imitation.”

The Literature Nobel Prize has been awarded a total of 109 times since the year 1901. The youngest Nobel laureate was Rudyard Kipling. Kipling was 41 when he was awarded the prize for The Jungle Book. A total of 14 women have been awarded the prize so far.