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Bob Dylan: Nobel Prize winner called impolite and arrogant by academy member

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The drama surrounding Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize in Literature continues as Per Wastberg, a member of the Swedish Academy that bestowed the honor, called the singer “impolite and arrogant.” 

Dylan has maintained radio silence since the award was announced earlier this month. Even his official website took down an earlier mention, “winner of the Nobel prize in literature.” 

“One can say that it is impolite and arrogant. He is who he is,” Wastberg was quoted as saying by Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (via the Associated Press). He mentioned the academy still hopes to reach Dylan, but added, “We have agreed not to lift a finger. The ball lies entirely on his half. You can speculate as much as you want, but we don’t.”

This echoes previous comments from the Swedish Academy’s permanent secretary Sara Danius. Speaking to a Swedish state radio station SR, she said, “Right now we are doing nothing. I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough.”

Danius believes “he will show up” for the award ceremony in Stockholm on Dec. 10. 

A rep for Dylan did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment. 

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