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Bob Dylan wins Nobel prize in literature

Singer-songwriter takes award for ‘having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition’

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Bob Dylan 2004

For almost six decades he has remained a mythical force in music, his gravelly voice and poetic lyrics musing over war, heartbreak, betrayal, death and moral faithlessness in songs that brought beauty to life’s greatest tragedies.

But Bob Dylan’s place as one of the world’s greatest artistic figures was elevated further on Thursday when he was named the surprise winner of the Nobel prize in literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.  

After the announcement, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, said it had “not been a difficult decision” and she hoped the academy would not be criticised for its choice.    [read more]

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  • guyaneseonline  On October 14, 2016 at 2:03 am

    ‘Disillusioned Words Like Bullets Bark’: Folk Great Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize for Literature

    ‘For having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,’ American lyricist and social icon receives prestigious award

    by Jon Queally, staff writer – October 13, 2016 by Common Dreams

    Bob Dylan, the folk music icon who first rose to fame amid the struggle for civil rights and against the Vietnam War in the 1960s, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for his transformative impact on culture and “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

    Though long on the list of possible winners, Dylan’s receipt of the prestigious award came as a shock to many. One reporter called it a “radical” choice that might “stir up a sensation” within the global literary community. Asked if he truly deserved the prize, Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, responded by saying, “Of course he does. He just got it.” Read more….

    http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/10/13/disillusioned-words-bullets-bark-folk-great-bob-dylan-awarded-nobel-prize-literature

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