As the UK delegation’s ECR spokesman on Culture and a member of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Japan, John was particularly interested in author Kazuo Ishiguro winning the Noble Prize for Literature.
Though born in Japan, Mr. Ishiguro moved with his family to England in 1960. He has attributed his celebrated writing to the fact that he grew up in a Japanese family in the United Kingdom, allowing him to perceive the world through multiple perspectives. As a result of this, perhaps, his work often concludes without a satisfactory sense of resolution- though this is an attribute that appeals to both the Nobel Prize for Literature committee as well as to his fans.
He received the OBE in 1995 and counts the Man Booker, Whitbread, Winfred Holtby Memorial and now the Nobel Prize among his awards for excellence in literature. His works, most famously “Never Let Me Go”, “The Buried Giant”, “We Were the Orphans” and “A Pale View of the Hills” deal with themes such as mortality, the passing of time and the unreliable nature of memory.
The awarding of the prestigious Nobel Prize to Kazuo Ishiguro represents a positive bridge across cultures and borders. It is a win for both the United Kingdom as well as for the writer’s native Japan, where stories of one of “their own’s” achievement are currently being swapped despite the fact that the author himself admits his level of Japanese is not very good.
Regardless of this, it is truly joyful that so many people rejoice in the works of this rightfully celebrated author, a man who now famously- and humbly- stated that if he had known he would win the Nobel Prize, he would have washed his hair that day.