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Friday, November 8, 2019

Writing: A Delicate Balancing Act

“There's something peculiar about writing fiction. It requires an interesting balance between seeing the world as a child and having the wisdom of a middle-aged person. The further you get from childhood and the experience of the teenage years, the greater the danger of losing that wellspring.” – Kazuo Ishiguro

Nobel Prize winner Ishiguro, who celebrates his 65th birthday today, is a novelist, screenwriter and short-story writer who was born in Nagasaki, Japan but grew up in the United Kingdom.  One of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, he has also won the coveted Man Booker Prize for his wonderful novel (and movie) The Remains of the Day. 

His novel, Never Let Me Go was named by Time Magazine as Novel of the Year in 2005 and included in the magazine's list of the 100 best English-language novels published between 1923 and 2005.  
                                                In awarding Ishiguro the Nobel Prize in 2017, the Swedish Academy proclaimed him a writer "who, in novels of great emotional force has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”   Queen Elizabeth II knighted Ishiguro in 2018 in recognition of his lifetime achievement as a writer.

“I'm interested in memory because it's a filter through which we see our lives,” Ishiguro said.   “And…as a writer, I'm more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened.”

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