British author Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.
The awarding Swedish Academy said of Ishiguro: "[Kazuo Ishiguro] who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world."
The author of novels including The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, Ishiguro’s writing, said the Academy, is “marked by a carefully restrained mode of expression, independent of whatever events are taking place," reports The Guardian.
The accolade has always been a tough prize to predict. Many were shocked when last year's award was won by Bob Dylan, who became the first person to win who's primarily known as a singer and songwriter.
The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded 109 times to 113 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2016. In 2015, the Swedish Academy also made an unexpected choice in giving the award to Belarus' Svetlana Alexievich, whose non-fiction works explores topics related to the breakup of the Soviet Union.
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