Apologies to Atwood

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British author Kazuo Ishiguro, author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, has won the Nobel Prize for literature. When the Globe and Mail caught up with him, it was to ask about Canadian writers. Ishiguro was gracious to a fault. He fawned over Alice Munro, called Leonard Cohen "the Canadian that influenced me perhaps the most in my writing" and—wait for it—apologized to Margaret Atwood for having snatched the Nobel from under her. "I genuinely thought she would win it very soon," said Ishiguro. "I never for a moment thought I would." That's Canada's official culture for you. A Briton wins a Swedish prize, and it's all about us.