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‘Impolite, arrogant’: Nobel member blasts Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan speculated about Shakespeare's feelings if he had won the prize. Photo: Getty
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Bob Dylan has been criticised by a member of the Nobel committee for failing to reach out after he was awarded the prestigious prize for literature.

The Swedish academy has not yet been able to get in touch with the 75-year-old musician, who notoriously gives few interviews, since he became the first musician in the award’s 115-year history to win.

Speaking on a Swedish news station over the weekend, Per Wastberg appeared less than impressed with Dylan’s prize-winning etiquette.

“One can say that it is impolite and arrogant. He is who he is,” Mr Wastberg said.

Dylan (pictured in 1966) is famously private. Photo: Getty
Dylan (pictured in 1966) is famously private. Photo: Getty

“We have agreed not to lift a finger. The ball lies entirely on his half.”

Dylan has not spoken publicly about the win, which took into account six decades of song lyrics, praised by the academy as creating “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

But Dylan has not returned repeated phone calls from the academy, nor has he publicly spoken about the award.

His official social media accounts, presumably not run by the singer, have only featured relatively sedate acknowledgements of the award.

The musician and his fellow Nobel laureates are expected to accept their awards at a ceremony in Stockholm on November 10 – but the academy is yet to confirm whether Dylan will attend.

If he does choose to snub the academy, Dylan will be in good company: Albert Einstein did so in 1921, as did Jean-Paul Sartre in 1964.

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