Kazuo Ishiguro, the 62-year-old author known for his novels The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, took home the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish Academy wrote in a statement 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, Vox writes, 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.”
Ishiguro was a somewhat unexpected choice, with other contenders on the list like Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami. That being said, Ishiguro is one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors, and he’s received four Man Booker Prize nominations, winning one in 1989 for The Remains of the Day.
“The world is in a very uncertain moment and I would hope all the Nobel Prizes would be a force for something positive in the world as it is at the moment,” he said. “It’s a magnificent honor, mainly because it means that I’m in the footsteps of the greatest authors that have lived, so that’s a terrific commendation.”