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Nobel Prize Winner: YES

Are you optimistic about the future?

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Are you optimisitc about the future? Pessimistic? Dare you have hope?

Perhaps Kazuo Ishiguro can provide perspective. He won The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017 because, as the Academy said about him: “in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.” His next work will be about Artificial Intelligence.

Dec. 7 Ishiguro delivered his acceptance entitled My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs.

He said: “So here I am, a man in my sixties, rubbing my eyes and trying to discern the outlines, out there in the mist, to this world I didn’t suspect even existed until yesterday. Can I, a tired author, from an intellectually tired generation, now find the energy to look at this unfamiliar place? Do I have something left that might help to provide perspective, to bring emotional layers to the arguments, fights and wars that will come as societies struggle to adjust to huge changes?

“I’ll have to carry on and do the best I can. Because I still believe that literature is important, and will be particularly so as we cross this difficult terrain. But I’ll be looking to the writers from the younger generations to inspire and lead us. This is their era, and they will have the knowledge and instinct about it that I will lack. In the worlds of books, cinema, TV and theatre I see today adventurous, exciting talents: women and men in their forties, thirties and twenties. So I am optimistic. Why shouldn’t I be?”