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Nobel panel gives up knockin’ on Dylan’s door
Days after being awarded the literature prize, Bob Dylan has yet to get in touch with the Swedish Academy, or indicate whether he will attend the celebrations
The Swedish Academy says it has given up trying to reach Bob Dylan, days after it awarded him the Nobel prize in 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 on Monday.
So far the American troubadour has responded with silence since he won the prize on Thursday.
In what may have been a veiled allusion to his long-term reputation for what some have called perversity, and others an admirably dogged persistence in forging his own path, Dylan’s set ended with a cover of Frank Sinatra’s Why Try to Change Me Now.
So – as a famous Dylan song may have put it to the Nobel committee – how does it feel?
“I am not at all worried,” said Danius. “I think he will show up.”
Every 10 December, Nobel prize winners are invited to Stockholm to receive their awards from King Carl XVI Gustaf and to give a speech during a banquet.
“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.