He's not returned their calls, it seems


Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature last week, although he has yet to get in touch with the Swedish Academy, or indicate whether he will attend the celebrations.

“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,” Sara Danius, the academy’s permanent secretary, told state radio SR on Monday.

Traditionally, Nobel prize winners are invited to Stockholm to receive their Nobel Diploma from King Carl XVI Gustaf on December 10 – the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel’s death – and to give a speech during a banquet.

Despite Dylan’s lack of communication to date, Danuis says: “I am not at all worried.”

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

Dylan has received the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

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