The Japanese-born novelist, the British national, Kazuo Ishiguru, won the Nobel Prize in literature in 2017.
The Swedish Academy, which awards the award, praised the novelist, saying that as a writer "he has in his novels, which are characterized by great emotional power, the emptiness that lies beneath our ill-feeling in relation to the world."
Ishiguru, 62, said the award had "amazing praise".
He said, in remarks to the BBC, that the Nobel Committee did not contact him. He said he was not sure if it was a hoax.
"It's a great honor, because the award basically means I'm following in the footsteps of the great authors," he said.
Ishiguru wrote eight novels, translated into 40 languages.
One of his most famous novels is "Remains of a Day" and "Never Let Me Go", which turned into two highly successful films.
In 1995, Ishiguru Nutt (OBE) was awarded to Britain for his services in literature.