Kazuo Ishiguro Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

By Julia Huschke | October 5 2017 | Adult

We are overjoyed and very proud throughout Penguin Random House that the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature has been bestowed upon our author Kazuo Ishiguro.

His beloved fiction, which includes THE REMAINS OF THE DAY, NEVER LET ME GO, and THE BURIED GIANT, has been published in the U.S. by Knopf, Vintage, and Random House Audio since 1989.

The Swedish Academy today expressed their admiration of Mr. Ishiguro as a writer “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”

Sonny Mehta, Mr. Ishiguro’s editor and publisher at Knopf, said, “I’ve always thought that Ish is an amazing writer. The breadth of his work as a novelist is astonishing. We’ve had the good fortune of being his publisher since THE REMAINS OF THE DAY, a book that readers around the world have come to cherish. This acknowledgment from the Swedish academy is the most wonderful news, and a very happy occasion for all of us at Knopf and Vintage, and indeed, everyone at Penguin Random House worldwide.”

Mr. Ishiguro is the newest among more than 60 of our authors who are recipients of a Nobel Prize, one of Penguin Random House’s signature benchmarks.

All of Mr. Ishiguro’s titles can be found below.

978-1-101-91131-0
From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go: an extraordinary new novel set in the haunting terrain of medieval England, populated with ogres and dragons, centered on two quietly determined travelers driven by love and loss.
$8.99 US
Jan 05, 2016
4-3/16 x 6-7/8
Mass Market Paperback
384 Pages
Vintage
US,OpnMkt(no EU/CAN)
Export Edition

978-0-14-312428-3
The Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature winner, Kazuo IshiguroFrom A to Z, the Penguin Drop Caps series collects 26 unique hardcovers—featuring cover art by Jessica Hische It all begins with a letter. Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible and hardcover editions, each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously illustrated letter of the alphabet. In a design collaboration between Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, the series features unique cover art by Hische, a superstar in the world of type design and illustration, whose work has appeared everywhere from Tiffany & Co. to Wes Anderson's recent film Moonrise Kingdom to Penguin's own bestsellers Committed and Rules of Civility. With exclusive designs that have never before appeared on Hische's hugely popular Daily Drop Cap blog, the Penguin Drop Caps series launches with six perennial favorites to give as elegant gifts, or to showcase on your own shelves. I is for Ishiguro. Masuji Ono saw misery in his homeland and became unwilling to spend his skills solely in the celebration of physical beauty. Instead, he envisioned a strong and powerful nation of the future, and he put his painting to work in the service of the movement that led Japan into World War II. Now, as the mature Masuji Ono struggles through the spiritual wreckage of that war, his memories of the “floating world” of his youth, full of pleasure and promise, serve as an escape from, a punishment for—and a justification of—his entire life. Drifting without honor in Japan’s postwar society, which indicts him for its defeat and reviles him for his aesthetics, he relives the passage through his personal history that makes him both a hero and a coward but, above all, a human being. An Artist of the Floating World is a sensual and profoundly convincing portrait of the artist as an aging man. At once a multigenerational tale and a samurai death poem written in English, it is also a saga of the clash of the old and new orders, blending classical and contemporary iconography with compassion and wit.
$25.00 US
May 07, 2013
5-1/8 x 7-1/2
Hardcover
240 Pages
Penguin Books
US, Opn Mkt (no CAN)

978-0-307-96144-0
An elegant Everyman's Library hardcover edition of the universally acclaimed novel--winner of the Booker Prize, a bestseller and a perpetually strong backlist title, and the basis for an award-winning film--with full-cloth binding, a silk ribbon marker, a chronology, and a new introduction by Salman Rushdie.
$25.00 US | $34.00 CAN
Oct 02, 2012
4-7/8 x 8-1/8
Hardcover
248 Pages
Everyman's Library
US, Opn Mkt (no CAN)

Five Stories of Music and Nightfall
978-0-307-45578-9
From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day comes an inspired sequence of stories as affecting as it is beautiful.     With the clarity and precision that have become his trademarks, Kazuo Ishiguro interlocks five short pieces of fiction to create a world that resonates with emotion, heartbreak, and humor. Here is a fragile, once famous singer, turning his back on the one thing he loves; a music junky with little else to offer his friends but opinion; a songwriter who inadvertently breaks up a marriage; a jazz musician who thinks the answer to his career lies in changing his physical appearance; and a young cellist whose tutor has devised a remarkable way to foster his talent. For each, music is a central part of their lives and, in one way or another, delivers them to an epiphany.
$16.00 US
Sep 21, 2010
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
240 Pages
Vintage
US,OpnMkt(no EU/CAN)

978-0-307-27647-6
From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it.Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it’s only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.Never Let Me Go breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. In exploring the themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date.
$7.99 US
Jan 09, 2006
4-3/16 x 6-7/8
Mass Market Paperback
304 Pages
Vintage
US,OpnMkt(no EU/CAN)
Export Edition

A Novel
978-0-375-72440-4
From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day comes this stunning work of soaring imagination.   Born in early-twentieth-century Shanghai, Banks was orphaned at the age of nine after the separate disappearances of his parents. Now, more than twenty years later, he is a celebrated figure in London society; yet the investigative expertise that has garnered him fame has done little to illuminate the circumstances of his parents' alleged kidnappings. Banks travels to the seething, labyrinthine city of his memory in hopes of solving the mystery of his own, painful past, only to find that war is ravaging Shanghai beyond recognition-and that his own recollections are proving as difficult to trust as the people around him. Masterful, suspenseful and psychologically acute, When We Were Orphans offers a profound meditation on the shifting quality of memory, and the possibility of avenging one’s past.
$16.00 US
Oct 30, 2001
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
352 Pages
Vintage
US, Opn Mkt (no CAN)

978-0-679-73587-8
From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day, here is a novel that is at once a gripping psychological mystery, a wicked satire of the cult of art, and a poignant character study of a man whose public life has accelerated beyond his control. The setting is a nameless Central European city where Ryder, a renowned pianist, has come to give the most important performance of his life. Instead, he finds himself diverted on a series of cryptic and infuriating errands that nevertheless provide him with vital clues to his own past. In The Unconsoled Ishiguro creates a work that is itself a virtuoso performance, strange, haunting, and resonant with humanity and wit.
$17.00 US
Oct 01, 1996
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
544 Pages
Vintage
US,OpnMkt(no EU/CAN)

978-0-679-72267-0
From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day, here is the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter. In a novel where past and present confuse, she relives scenes of Japan's devastation in the wake of World War II.
$16.00 US
Sep 12, 1990
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
192 Pages
Vintage
US, Opn Mkt (no CAN)

978-0-679-73172-6
From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, here is the universally acclaimed novel—winner of the Booker Prize and the basis for an award-winning film.   This is Kazuo Ishiguro's profoundly compelling portrait of Stevens, the perfect butler, and of his fading, insular world in post-World War II England. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman," Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness," and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.
$16.00 US
Sep 12, 1990
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
256 Pages
Vintage
US, Opn Mkt (no CAN)

978-0-679-72266-3
From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day   In the face of the misery in his homeland, the artist Masuji Ono was unwilling to devote his art solely to the celebration of physical beauty. Instead, he put his work in the service of the imperialist movement that led Japan into World War II. Now, as the mature Ono struggles through the aftermath of that war, his memories of his youth and of the "floating world"—the nocturnal world of pleasure, entertainment, and drink—offer him both escape and redemption, even as they punish him for betraying his early promise. Indicted by society for its defeat and reviled for his past aesthetics, he relives the passage through his personal history that makes him both a hero and a coward but, above all, a human being.
$16.00 US
Sep 19, 1989
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
208 Pages
Vintage
US, Opn Mkt (no CAN)