Bob Dylan breaks silence on Nobel Prize, to attend ceremony ‘if possible’

In an interview with UK newspaper The Telegraph posted Friday, Bob Dylan says "isn't that something" and "it's hard to believe" of getting the award.

By: AP | New York | Updated: October 29, 2016 8:56 am
U.S. musician Bob Dylan performs during on day 2 of The Hop Festival in Paddock Wood, Kent, June 30, 2012. REUTERS/Ki Price Bob Dylan (Source: Reuters/File)

Bob Dylan has finally accepted his Nobel prize for literature, the Swedish Academy that awards it has said, breaking his silence on the win that he said left him “speechless”. Asked “if I accept the prize? Of course”, the US singer-songwriter said in a call to the academy this week, around a fortnight after he was named laureate on October 13.

“The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless,” he told the academy’s permanent secretary, Sara Danius. “I appreciate the honour so much.” Dylan had not responded to repeated phone calls made by the academy following the prize announcement, nor had he made any public statement, prompting one academy member to call him “impolite and arrogant”.

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The academy said yesterday that it had not yet been decided yet if Dylan would visit Stockholm to pick up his award. Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf usually hands out prizes and cheques to all the Nobel winners at a banquet, which this year is scheduled for on December 10.

Asked in an interview with Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper published late yesterday if he would turn up, he said: “Absolutely. If it’s at all possible.” Dylan told the paper that the award was “amazing, incredible”, saying: “It’s hard to believe.” He added: “Whoever dreams about something like that?”

Asked why he did not respond to the academy’s calls, Dylan said: “Well, I’m right here.” Dylan, whose lyrics have influenced generations of fans, is the first songwriter to win the literature prize.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Oct 29, 2016 at 4:02 am
    Dylan is not the first lyricist to win a nobel. Its our very own Tagore.
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      Bo Lagerqvist
      Oct 29, 2016 at 9:01 am
      He deserves it all right ! But I was hoping that he shouldn´t accept. After all Alfred Nobel was a major weapons manufacturer (Bofors Cannons) and the Nobel Prize Group is still sponsored by the weapons industry (SAAB). Maybe he doesn´t stand for what he says in "Masters of War" anymore.lt;br/gt;Anyway - hope he can attend our protests in Stockholm on dec 10 ("Nobel DAy" ) to stop this:
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        Bo Lagerqvist
        Oct 29, 2016 at 9:04 am
        What I meant should be stopped is the Nobel plans to destroy our beatiful city, Stockholm, by demolishing three cultural heritage buildings to build an enormous Nobel Center. Try to google "Stop demolition Stockholm youtube"
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          Oct 29, 2016 at 7:40 am
          C p Chandra das from USAlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Great men behave in a STRANGE AND UNCOMMON manner , sometimes. The recipient of the literature award is really a great man . He was concentrating, I feel, on an important event in England. To him, that event was more important than the Nobel honour. We cannot question that. The Swedish committee could find great literature in this great MAN's music. We cannot question that as well. Knowing his temarament now,lt;br/gt;He also may not make a great speech at the academy event . Let us watch .
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