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Bob Dylan 'truly beyond words' over Nobel Prize for Literature win

Bob Dylan 'truly beyond words' over Nobel Prize for Literature win

Following his riveting win of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Bob Dylan didn't open his mouth on the subject for two weeks. It was punk. It was weird. It was Dylan.

However, at last night's acceptance ceremony in Stockholm, Dylan sent over both Patti Smith to perform 'Hard Rain's Gonna Fall' and a statement saying that he was "truly beyond words" over the announcement.

Azita Raji - the US's embassador in Sweden - read the statement outloud. It read that the prize “is something I never could have imagined or seen coming.” He continued: “If someone had ever told me that I had the slightest chance of winning the Nobel Prize, I would have to think that I’d have about the same odds as standing on the moon.”

“I was out on the road when I received this surprising news, and it took me more than a few minutes to properly process it,” he recalled.

The iconic songwriter invoked Shakespeare who he reckoned thought of himself as a dramatist. “The thought that he was writing literature couldn’t have entered his head. His words were written for the stage,” mused Dylan. He later added: “Not once have I ever had the time to ask myself, “are my songs literature?,” before ending with: “So, I do thank the Swedish Academy, both for taking the time to consider that very question, and, ultimately, for providing such a wonderful answer.”

Dylan is set to receive a cash prize for the win but, if he wants to receive his prize money of 8 million Swedish krona (about £690,000), he along with all Nobel Laureates are required to deliver a lecture on their subject within six months of the ceremony.


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