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Like a Rolling Stone: Swedish Academy Quits Attempting to Reach Bob Dylan

US singer Bob Dylan (File) - Sputnik International
Days after controversially awarding the Nobel Prize in literature to Bob Dylan, the Swedish Academy has finally given up attempts to reach the American troubadour. At present, it is yet unclear whether or not 75-year-old Dylan will attend the Nobel Prize Ceremony.

US musician Bob Dylan performs during on day 2 of The Hop Festival in Paddock Wood, Kent on June 30th 2012. - Sputnik International
Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature - Swedish Academy
No further attempts to reach the legendary bard are being made at present, according to Swedish national broadcaster SVT. Having called and sent e-mails to Dylan's closes collaborators and received "friendly answers," the Swedish Academy has yet to find out whether Bob Dylan will attend the award ceremony or accept the prize money at all.

"Right now we are sitting quietly in the boat," the Swedish Academy's permanent secretary Sara Danius told Swedish national broadcaster SVT

So far, the only official response from Bob Dylan's camp has been a four-day old tweet notifying that Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. The American minstrel himself has so far responded with silence.

​"I have a feeling that Bob Dylan can manage it. It's a feeling that may prove wrong, and it will be sad of course if he does not. The award is his anyway, and we cannot be held responsible for what is happening now. If he does not come, he probably did not want to. It will be a big party anyway," Danius said, as quoted by SVT.

Nobel Prize medal - Sputnik International
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Every December 10, Nobel Prize winners are invited to Stockholm to receive their awards from King Carl XVI Gustaf and to give a speech during a banquet.

The long history of the Nobel Prize features a number of voluntary refusals. Most notably, French existentialist writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre declined the 1964 prize in literature, stating that a writer must refuse "being transformed into an institution, even if it happens in the most honorable form." Another instance involves Vietnamese revolutionary and politician Le Duc Tho, who was awarded the 1973 Peace Prize jointly with Henry Kissinger for their role in the Paris Peace Accords, which put an end to the Vietnam War. Le Duc Tho declined, claiming there was no actual peace in Vietnam.

​Dylan, whose lyrics have influenced generations of fans across the globe, is the first songwriter to win the Nobel Prize in literature for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." In 2008, Dylan was awarded a special citation by the Pulitzer Prize jury for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." In May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. Dylan was also included in the Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century, where he was called "master poet, caustic social critic and intrepid, guiding spirit of the counterculture generation."

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