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Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro

Author Kazuo Ishiguro photographed during an interview with Reuters in New York, .
Author Kazuo Ishiguro photographed during an interview with Reuters in New York, . REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

Kazuo Ishiguro, best known for his book “The Remains of the Day,” has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Born in Japan, Ishiguro now lives in Britain and writes in English. The Swedish Academy cited him for “novels of great emotional force, (he) has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”

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The award is worth $1.1 million USD.

The award marks a return to a more mainstream interpretation of literature after the 2016 prize went to American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.

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The prize is named after dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel and has been awarded since 1901 for achievements in science, literature and peace in accordance with his will.

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*With files from the Associated Press