Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature

"Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot fighting in the captain's tower While Calypso singers laugh at them and fishermen hold flowers" We can't be sure if Bob Dylan, recent victor of the Nobel Prize for Literature, is a calypso singer or a fisherman in those haunting and image-rich lines from his epic 1965 track "Desolation Row".

"The Academy has spoken to Dylan's agent and his tour manager", the Academy's chancellor Odd Zschiedrich told the AFP news agency. The fact that Dylan was in that most artificial of modern havens - Las Vegas - during the announcement is somewhat pertinent to the message for modernity.

Murakami, Thiong'o, and Roth are well-acclaimed, having produced great literary works, but the selection committee said "recorded a large number of albums revolving around topics like the social conditions of man, religion, politics and love.as an artist, he is strikingly versatile; he has been active as painter, actor, and scriptwriter".

William Faulkner, who also won a Nobel Prize, maintained that all literature is meant to be heard aloud, not examined on the page.

Seventy-five-year-old Dylan is the first musician in the 115-year history of the Nobel to win the prize in literature.

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Dylan's rasping voice tells of decade of rebellion, has enthralled the music and peace loving tribals of Meghalaya and the north east.

Each year, Nobel laureates are invited to Stockholm on December 10 to receive their award from the Swedish king and give a speech at a banquet. Dylan's victory also comes at the expense of top U.S. authors hoping for the prize.

Meanwhile, as of this writing Dylan himself has had nothing to say on the subject of winning the Nobel Prize for Literature.

She addressed the ceremony by video message.

He collected his prize at the 1974 ceremony, after he had been expelled from the Soviet Union.

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