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The understated genius of Kazuo Ishiguro makes him the perfect Nobel Prize winner

Ishiguro’s writing is not limited by style or genre. Instead, what he shows us is that a great writer doesn’t need to be a great “writer”

By Sameer Rahim  

Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for literature. Photo: PA/Prospect composite

Whenever the Nobel Prize for literature is announced, there is speculation over what message the committee is trying to send. The Nobel likes to make a statement. Last year’s victory for Bob Dylan was a bold declaration that song lyrics could be literature as well. (They were right about that—but given Dylan’s tardiness in getting to Stockholm they surely regret it.) Orhan Pamuk won in 2006 while he was being prosecuted by the Turkish state. VS…

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