Friday, October 28, 2016

Nobel for literature : Bob Dylan finally comes out of his silence –


Bob Dylan at the Vieilles Charrues on July 22, 2012.

The announcement surprised more than one. On the 13th of last October, Bob Dylan received the Nobel prize for literature. He had not responded to repeated calls of the Swedish academy and had not reacted in any way to this award. This had earned him sharp criticism, especially from a member of the Academy, who had accused the singer of being “rude and arrogant”. Fifteen days after the assignment, Bob Dylan finally comes out of his silence. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph on October 28, the singer has qualified as his reward from “amazing” and “incredible”.

“It’s hard to believe,” says the musician in the british daily. “Who would dream of such a thing ?”. Obviously the man still has a hard time digesting that he has been chosen among many others. As to the question of whether he will go or not in Stockholm the 10th of December next to attend the banquet organized by the king of Sweden in honor of Nobel prize winners, Bob Dylan replied : “Absolutely… as long as it is possible“.

A first for a musician

The American the first man of music to receive the Nobel prize for literature. This club of the privileged among the privileged includes members very prestigious in the world of letters and of politics too. As well Winston Churchill was awarded in 1953. The year after it is Ernest Hemingway that had taken the honours. In the club there are also George Bernard Shaw (1925), William Faulkner (1949), Patrick Modiano (2014), Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio (2008) or Gabriel Garcia Màrquez (1982).

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