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Bob Dylan breaks silence - accepts Nobel

Published lördag 29 oktober 2016 kl 00.20
Bob Dylan picked up the Polar music prize in Stockholm in 2000. Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT
Bob Dylan picked up the Polar music prize in Stockholm in 2000. Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT Credit: Leif R Jansson/TT

The songwriter said being awarded the Nobel prize for literature made him speechless, according Sara Danius at the Swedish Academy who spoke with him on the phone earlier this week.

"When I asked him if he accepted the prize he wondered what I meant, and when I explained it, he said 'Of course' and added that the announcement had made him speechless", Danius told Swedish Radio News late Friday.

It took Dylan almost two weeks to finally break the silence. The prize was mentioned in a sentence on his website, but it was deleted within 24 hours.

Dylan did not respond to the Academy's calls after the announcement and did not make a public statement, nor did he mention the prize at any of his following concerts.

His silence prompted one academy member to call Dylan "impolite and arrogant", but Danius says that he was both friendly and polite when they spoke on the phone.

"We spoke for about 15 minutes and he was very humble, polite and humorous", Danius says.

According to Danius, Dylan is still undecided whether he will attend the ceremony in Stockholm in December or not, but in an interview with Britain's The Telegraph he said that he would turn up "if it's at all possible".

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