Reclu­sive singer tight-lipped about hon­our

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A mem­ber of the Swedish Academy that awarded the 2016 No­bel Prize in lit­er­a­ture to Bob Dy­lan says the Amer­i­can singer­song­writer’s si­lence since re­ceiv­ing the hon­our is “im­po­lite and ar­ro­gant”.

Per Wast­berg said the lack of re­ac­tion from Dy­lan (pic­tured) to the hon­our the academy be­stowed on him last week was pre­dictable, but was dis­re­spect­ful none­the­less.

“One can say that it is im­po­lite and ar­ro­gant. He is who he is,” Wast­berg was quoted as say­ing by the Swedish news­pa­per Da­gens Ny­heter.

Wast­berg said the academy still hopes to com­mu­ni­cate with the 75-year-old artist, whose No­bel cred­its him with cre­at­ing “new po­etic ex­pres­sions within the great Amer­i­can song tra­di­tion”.

“We have agreed not to lift a fin­ger. The ball lies en­tirely on his half,” Wast­berg said. “You can spec­u­late as much as you want but we don’t.”

The academy said it has failed to reach the tight-lipped lau­re­ate since he be­came the first mu­si­cian in the No­bel’s 115-year his­tory to win the prize in lit­er­a­ture. The award was men­tioned on Dy­lan’s of­fi­cial Twit­ter and Face­book ac­counts, how­ever Dy­lan spokesman Larry Jenk­ins did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to emails seek­ing com­ment.

The lit­er­a­ture prize and five other No­bel Prizes will be of­fi­cially con­ferred in Stock­holm on De­cem­ber 10, the an­niver­sary of award founder Al­fred No­bel’s death in 1896.

Lit­er­a­ture lau­re­ates have skipped the cer­e­mony be­fore. In 2004, Aus­trian play­wright and nov­el­ist El­friede Je­linek stayed home, cit­ing a so­cial pho­bia.

Harold Pin­ter and Al­ice Munro missed the cer­e­mony for health rea­sons in 2005 and 2013, re­spec­tively.

Only two peo­ple have de­clined a No­bel Prize in lit­er­a­ture. Boris Paster­nak did so un­der pres­sure from Soviet au­thor­i­ties in 1958 and Jean-Paul Sartre, who de­clined all of­fi­cial hon­ours, turned it down in 1964.

Although Dy­lan has not com­mented pub­licly on win­ning the No­bel, pri­vacy and the price of fame have been themes in his mu­sic.

Each of this year’s No­bel Prizes is worth 8 mil­lion Swedish kro­nor, or about Dhs3.3 mil­lion.

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