Dy­lan to come to Stock­holm next year: Swedish Acad­emy

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Mu­sic icon Bob Dy­lan is ex­pected to come to Stock­holm next spring, as the win­ner of this year’s No­bel prize in literature will skip the award cer­e­mony in De­cem­ber, a Swedish acad­emy mem­ber said yes­ter­day. Sara Da­nius, per­ma­nent sec­re­tary of the Swedish Acad­emy, told pub­lic Swedish ra­dio that she re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion from Dy­lan’s man­ager. “Then he will have an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to hold his lec­ture,” Da­nius said. Hold­ing a lec­ture is the only re­quire­ment for the No­bel lau­re­ate and must be done within six months start­ing from De­cem­ber 10.

The Swedish Acad­emy said the Amer­i­can song writer might per­form in the Nordic na­tion next year. “There is a chance that Bob Dy­lan will be per­form­ing in Stock­holm next year, pos­si­bly in the spring, in which case he will have a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to de­liver his lec­ture,” it said in a state­ment. On Wed­nes­day, the acad­emy an­nounced that Dy­lan would skip the No­bel cer­e­mony be­cause of “pre-ex­ist­ing” com­mit­ments. “He wishes that he could ac­cept the award per­son­ally, but other com­mit­ments make it un­for­tu­nately im­pos­si­ble. He un­der­lined that he feels in­cred­i­bly hon­ored by the No­bel prize,” it said. Asked on Oc­to­ber 28 by Bri­tain’s Daily Tele­graph news­pa­per if he would at­tend the No­bel prize win­ners’ ban­quet, Dy­lan said: “Ab­so­lutely. If it’s at all pos­si­ble.” But the Amer­i­can song writer’s de­ci­sion not to at­tend the No­bel cer­e­mony does not come as a sur­prise. The 75-year-old didn’t say a word about his prize on the day it was an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 13 when he was per­form­ing in Las Ve­gas. Dy­lan, whose lyrics have in­flu­enced gen­er­a­tions of fans, is the first song­writer to win the literature prize, al­though ex­perts bet on writ­ers such as Sal­man Rushdie, Ado­nis or Ngugi wa Thiong’o.

No­bel lau­re­ates are hon­ored ev­ery year on De­cem­ber 10 — the an­niver­sary of the death of prize’s founder Al­fred No­bel, a Swedish in­dus­tri­al­ist, in­ven­tor and phi­lan­thropist. Sev­eral other literature prize win­ners have skipped the No­bel cer­e­mony in the past for var­i­ous rea­sons-Doris Less­ing on grounds of ill health, Harold Pin­ter be­cause he was hos­pi­tal­ized and El­friede Je­linek due to so­cial pho­bia. The value of the pres­ti­gious award this year amounts to 8 mil­lion kro­nor ($870,000).

This file photo taken on June 11, 2009 shows US singer Bob Dy­lan per­form­ing dur­ing the 37th AFI Life Achieve­ment Award: A Trib­ute to Michael Dou­glas at Sony Pic­tures in Cul­ver City, Cal­i­for­nia.—AFP

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