The American singer Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".
Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Nobel Academy, speaking about Bob Dylan, noticed the musician’s talent:
"He is a great poet in the English-speaking tradition and he is a wonderful and very original sample. He embodies the tradition and for 54 years now he has been reinventing himself constantly, creating a new identity."
Answering the question of how should one explore Bob Dylan’s work, Danius said:
"I think if you want to start listening or reading you may start with "Blonde On Blonde" with the album from 1966. You got many classics and it’s extraordinary example of his brilliant way of rhyming, putting together refrains and his pictorial thinking."
Despite Dylan’s winning, this year’s favorites of the betting companies have been a popular Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, the Kenyan writer Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, the Norwegian playwright Yung Fosse, the American classic Philip Roth, as well as the Syrian poet Adonis and the American writer Don DeLillo.
The latest Nobel nomination in Literature announcement took place on Thursday, October 13, in Stockholm. The awarding ceremony of winners is to take place on December 10 in Oslo, in the bosom of the royal family.