Born: 8 November 1954
Birthplace: Nagasaki, Japan
Best known as: The author of The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro is a Japanese-born English novelist who shot to international fame with his Booker Prize-winning novel, The Remains of the Day (1989). Originally from Nagasaki, Ishiguro's father was an oceanographer who went to England in 1960 and stayed there. Ishiguro studied English and Philosophy at the University of Kent, with time off to work and to travel to the United States in the early 1970s. He earned his degree in 1978, then graduated from a Master's program for creative writing in 1980. His first novel, A Pale View of the Hills, was published in 1982 to positive reviews, and his second novel, An Artist of the Floating World (1986) was nominated for the Booker Prize and won the Whitbread Award as book of the year. With The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro knocked one out of the park. The story of a reserved English butler, it exemplified Ishiguro's ability to capture loss and regret with understated prose and sold more than a million copies. The 1993 film version starred Anthony Hopkins and earned 8 Oscar nominations, including best picture. Ishiguro's other novels include The Unconsoled (1995), When We Were Orphans (2000) and Never Let Me Go (2005).
Extra credit: Never Let Me Go was made into a film (2010) starring Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan... Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1995... Ishiguro wrote lyrics for the Stacey Kent jazz album Breakfast on the Morning Tram (2007)... He co-wrote the screenplay to the 2003 Isabella Rossellini film The Saddest Music in the World... After college, Ishiguro worked for a time as a grouse beater for the Queen Mother at Balmoral Castle.
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