The Swedish Academy announced on Thursday that Kazuo Ishiguro has been awarded the Nobel prize in literature. The novelist is best known for his work titled “The Remains of the Day”.

Kazuo Ishiguro is the winner of the Nobel prize in literature. The 62-year-old writes has been born in Nagasaki, Japan, but at the age of 6, his family moved to the U.K. and his father started research at the National Institute of Oceanography.

It took Ishiguro 22 years to get the British citizenship.

“The Remains of the Day” is the best of his works, alongside “Never Let Me Go”. The first, he published in 1989 and it was his third published novel.

The novelist published his first book, “A Pale View of Hills”, in 1982, for which he received the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize.

In 1986, he published “An Artist of the Floating World. The book earned him the Whitbread Prize.

“The Remains of the Day” won the Booker Prize in 1989.

In 1995, Kazuo Ishiguro released “The Unconsoled”.

Five years later, he published “When We Were Orphans”.

In 2005, his second greatest book is published: “Never Let Me Go”. The novel was named among the 100 greatest English language novels by Time magazine. They also named Ishiguro one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

The latest book, “The Buried Giant”, was published in 2015.

Aside from novels, Kazuo Ishiguro also wrote screenplays (“The Saddest Music in The World”, “The White Countess” and more), lyrics and short fiction.

“The Remains of the Day” has made it to the big screen in 1993. The movie was directed by James Ivory and starred big names in the industry such as Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Christopher Reeve. The Movie received 8 Academy Award nominations.

“The White Countess” was turned into a movie in 2005, by the same director. The cast included Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave.

In 2010, director Mark Romanek, who directed One Hour Photo in 2002, stood behind the camera on the set of Never Let Me Go. The movie is starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield.

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