Nobel Prize For Literature 2017 – TNPSC Study Material

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Nobel Prize For Literature 2017 – TNPSC Study Material

Nobel Prize For Literature 2017

Nobel Prize For Literature 2017

  • Kazuo Ishiguro, the English novelist who wrote Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day, has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for literature. In a statement, the Swedish Academy wrote that Ishiguro, “in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”
  • Ishiguro’s novels are mostly first-person, and mostly told by an unreliable narrator. They tend to revolve around a single traumatic idea that the narrator is not entirely capable of confronting head-on — that the narrator of Never Let Me Go is a clone who will eventually donate all of her vital organs to someone else; that the butler narrator of The Remains of the Day has spent his life tending to a Nazi — and which the book describes in anxious, claustrophobic circles until the reader fully understands it.
  • “I tend to write the same book over and over,” Ishiguro told the Guardian in 2015, “or at least, I take the same subject I took last time out and refine it, or do a slightly different take on it.”
  • Occasionally, this approach can be oblique to the point of frustration. The Unconsoled — which follows a man through a town as he meets a number of people, all of whom he at first professes not to know but many of whom he eventually recognizes as his intimate acquaintances — has its admirers now, but when it was published in 1995, its shaggy, dream-logic structure prompted cries of exasperation from readers. The New York Times called it “a narrative that for all the author’s intelligence and craft sorely tries the reader’s patience.” James Wood wrote that “it invents its own category of badness.”
  • Ishiguro’s novels have also faced some criticism from readers of science fiction and fantasy, who argue that he borrows the tropes of those genres without fully understanding how to use or deconstruct them. Most famously, when Ishiguro worried aloud that his readers might think 2015’s The Buried Giant was a fantasy novel, science fiction legend Ursula Le Guin tartly rejoined that reading his book “was like watching a man falling from a high wire while he shouts to the audience, ‘Are they going say I’m a tight-rope walker?’”

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