Kazuo Ishiguro, who won this year’s Nobel Prize for literature, wrote his most celebrated novel in just four weeks.
Writing for the British newspaper Guardian in 2014, Ishiguro revealed that his 1989 Man Booker Prize-winning title The Remains of the Day, took him only a single month to write.
Acting on his wife’s advice, Ishiguro decided he “would, for a four-week period, ruthlessly clear my diary and go on what we somewhat mysteriously called a “Crash”. During the Crash, I would do nothing but write from 9am to 10.30pm, Monday through Saturday. I’d get one hour off for lunch and two for dinner. I’d not see, let alone answer, any mail, and would not go near the phone. No one would come to the house.”
Japan-born British author Ishiguro, who won the literary world’s highest honor on Thursday, said initially he thought it was a “hoax.”
According to New York Times, Ishiguro, 62, best known for his novels “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go” has “obsessively returned to the same themes in his work, including the fallibility of memory, mortality and the porous nature of time.”
“He is an exquisite novelist. I would say if you mix Jane Austen and Franz Kafka you get Ishiguro in a nutshell,” Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, which chooses the literature winner, told news agency Reuters.