No­bel panel gives up knockin’ on Dy­lan’s door

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

THE Swedish Academy says it has given up try­ing to reach Bob Dy­lan, days af­ter it awarded him the No­bel Prize for Lit­er­a­ture.

“Right now we are do­ing noth­ing. I have called and sent emails to his clos­est col­lab­o­ra­tor and re­ceived very friendly replies.

“For now, that is cer­tainly enough,” the academy’s per­ma­nent secretary, Sara Da­nius, told state ra­dio SR.

So far the Amer­i­can trou­ba­dour has re­sponded with si­lence since he won the prize on Oc­to­ber 13.

He gave a con­cert in Las Ve­gas that very night, but made no men­tion of the ac­co­lade. So – as an early Dy­lan song put it – how does it feel? “I am not at all wor­ried,” said Da­nius. “I think he will show up.”

Ev­ery De­cem­ber 10, No­bel prize win­ners are in­vited to Stock­holm to re­ceive their awards from King Carl XVI Gustaf and to give a speech dur­ing a ban­quet.

The Swedish Academy still does not know if Dy­lan plans to come to the event.

“If he doesn’t want to come, he won’t come. It will be a big party in any case and the honour be­longs to him,” said Da­nius.

Dy­lan, 75, whose lyrics have in­flu­enced gen­er­a­tions of fans, is the first song­writer to win the lit­er­a­ture prize.

Other con­tenders for this year’s prize in­cluded Sal­man Rushdie, Ado­nis and Ngugi wa Thiong’o. -

Photo: AFP

Bob Dy­lan plays the hits.

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