The Nobel Lecture in Literature, delivered by Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans) at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 7, 2017, in an elegant, clothbound edition.
In their announcement of the 2017 Nobel
Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy recognized the emotional
force of Kazuo Ishiguro’s fiction and his mastery at uncovering our
illusory sense of connection with the world. In the eloquent and
candid lecture he delivered upon accepting the award, Ishiguro
reflects on the way he was shaped by his upbringing, and on the
turning points in his career—“small scruffy moments . . . quiet,
private sparks of revelation”—that made him the writer he is
With the same generous humanity that has
graced his novels, Ishiguro here looks beyond himself, to the world
that new generations of writers are taking on, and what it will
mean—what it will demand of us—to make certain that literature
remains not just alive, but essential.
An enduring work on writing and becoming
a writer, by one of the most accomplished novelists of our