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    Kazuo Ishiguro, winner of the Nobel for Literature 2017.

    I think Kazuo Ishiguro is an interesting writer. He has a migrant background, that makes him up to date. In his books the Japanese and the English background appear blended in a subtle manner. I read his both first novels and watched "The Remains of the Day".the

    So why have I again the feeling, that the academy isnīt reading the new authors?
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    He's a great stylistic blend of British and Japanese. Work well. I think, by definition, you would have to be an old author to win the Nobel. It is for a body of work.

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    I've read a couple of his books, a fine dry humour...

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    And the Japanese contention that implies much more than it tells.

    But I didnīt read his more recent books. I donīt know if they are as good as the first ones.
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    The only two I read were The Remains of the Day and The Unconsoled both a couple of decades ago. I thought the former was about as good as novels get, and the latter about as obscure. The Unconsoled may have been as strange for the reader as it must have been for the main character. I felt something was eluding my understanding but was not sure what it was. There was some prism I was supposed to see this work through that I never discovered. It was still highly compelling. It is one of the few works of fiction I ever read and did not "get," that I would consider trying again. For I am often repelled by books I fail to get. This time I was not repelled, knew I was missing something and wished I had more feel for what it was.

    But when a first novel is as good as Remains of the Day, I figure a career has arrived whose influence will outlive the novelist's own body. It didn't take a genius to figure Ishiguro was the goods. Like discovering Joe Pass, it was pretty easy, though you could not understand everything Joe was up to, either.

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