The laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 Bob Dylan will not be present at the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm on November 10. This was reported by the Swedish Academy.
According to the message, yesterday evening the Swedish Academy received a personal letter from Bob Dylan, in which he explained that “due to pre-existing commitments”, he is unable to travel to Stockholm in December and therefore will not attend the Nobel Prize Ceremony. He underscored, once again, that he feels very honored indeed, wishing that he could receive the prize in person.
The fact that laureates deicide not to come in unusual, but it is not exceptional. It has already happened in the recent past, when laureates have been unable to come and get the prize in person, among them Doris Lessing, Harold Pinter, and Elfriede Jelinek. The prize still belongs to them, just as it belongs to Bob Dylan.
However, there will also be a Nobel Lecture, which Bob Dylan must give six months after the Ceremony, this is the only requirement.