Dylan plans to accept ‘amazing’ Nobel in Stockholm

The American artiste is the first songwriter to win the literature prize

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Bob Dylan plans to pick up his Nobel prize for literature in Stockholm in December, according to an interview published on Friday in which he finally breaks his silence on the award, calling it “amazing, incredible”.

“It’s hard to believe,” the US singer-songwriter told Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper. “Whoever dreams about something like that?”

Asked if he would attend the Nobel prize winners’ banquet in Stockholm on December 10, which is hosted by Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf, Dylan said: “Absolutely. If it’s at all possible.”

The 75-year-old was named this year’s laureate on October 13, but a prominent member of the Swedish Academy that awards the prize complained a week later that he had not responded to repeated phone calls.

The academy member, Swedish writer Per Wastberg, accused Dylan of being “impolite and arrogant”, and said it was “unprecedented” that the academy did not know if Dylan intended to pick up his award.

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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