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British writer Kazuo Ishiguro is a rarity and now a Nobel laureate

British writer Kazuo Ishiguro is a rarity and now a Nobel laureate

Among literature fans, Thursday’s Nobel Prize announcement came as a surprise. The author of “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go,” though a critically acclaimed and respected novelist, had been on no one’s shortlist.

But then Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2017 Nobel Laureate in Literature, has always been surprising.

He is, after all, that rarest of creatures — a literary craftsman who also sells books. Ever since the 1989 publication of “The Remains of the Day,” winner of England’s prestigious Booker Prize and adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson — Ishiguro has regularly landed on U.S. bestseller lists.

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