Kazuo Ishiguro says he wants to visit Nagasaki in letter to residents

Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2017 Nobel Prize winner in literature, has sent an email addressing residents of his hometown Nagasaki saying that he looks forward to visiting it "before long," the city government said Thursday.
The British novelist wrote that each time he hears the word Nagasaki, "a very special emotion goes through me" and that "a part of me will always belong" to the city in southwestern Japan. The email was read out this month at a city event that honored the 64-year-old.
Ishiguro described his childhood in Nagasaki where he lived until he left for Britain when he was five.
"Perhaps I went to kindergarten alongside some of you. Perhaps your mother or your grandfather was, like me, taught there by the wonderful Tanaka-sensei," he wrote.
He thanked people in Nagasaki for their "warm friendship" and said that the thought of the event brought him "a deep pleasure."
Mayor Tomihisa Taue had asked Ishiguro for a message prior to the event.
Ishiguro was also awarded an honorary title as citizen of Nagasaki city and its prefecture in July from the mayor and Nagasaki Gov Hodo Nakamura.
Born in 1954, Ishiguro published his first novel in 1982. "A Pale View of Hills" recounts the destruction and rehabilitation of Nagasaki after being hit by a U.S. atomic bomb during World War II. He is also known for countless other novels including "The Remains of the Day," which won the Man Booker prize in 1989.

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