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The Swedish Academy has received Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture. The speech is extraordinary and, as one might expect, eloquent. Now that the Lecture has been delivered, the Dylan adventure is coming to a close.
The Swedish Academy has decided not to organize an alternative plan for the Nobel Lecture traditionally held on December 7.
Yesterday evening the Swedish Academy received a personal letter from Bob Dylan, in which he explained that due to pre-existing commitments, he is unable to travel to Stockholm in December and therefore will not attend the Nobel Prize Ceremony.
The traditional Nobel press conference with the Nobel laureate in literature in the Grand Hall of the Swedish Academy will not take place this year. This independently of whether the laureate will come to Stockholm in December or not.
“If I accept the Prize? Of course.”
An author awarded the Nobel Prize makes up his or her own mind regarding the ceremonies involved in the presentation of the prize.
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 is awarded to Bob Dylan
“for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.
The Permanent Secretary
The Swedish Academy will announce this year’s Nobel Laureate in literature at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 13 in the Grand Hall in the Exchange.
In February 1989, Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a death warrant for Salman Rushdie for having violated Islam through blasphemy with his novel The Satanic Verses. Rushdie was forced to go underground.