How does it feel? Nobel judges can't reach Bob Dylan


Five days after Bob Dylan was named the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, no one knows how he feels about the prestigious award -- not even the Nobel judges.

The Swedish Academy, which bestows the annual honour, said it hasn't been able to reach Bob since the award was announced last Thursday.

Permanent secretary Sara Danius told Swedish Radio she's been in contact with a close associate of Bob, but not the laureate himself.

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan (Chris Pizzello/AP)

"I am not worried at all. I have a feeling that he will get in touch," she said.

Danius said the academy isn't making further efforts to reach him, but hopes he will accept the invitation to collect his award at the annual Nobel ceremony in Stockholm on December 10.

"If he doesn't want to come then he doesn't want to come," she said. "It will be a big and nice party anyway."

Only two people have declined a Nobel Prize in Literature.

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan (David Vincent/AP)

Boris Pasternak did so under pressure from Soviet authorities in 1958 and Jean-Paul Sartre, who declined all official honours, turned it down in 1964.

The singer, who is currently on tour in the US, hasn't mentioned the Nobel Prize during his concerts since the announcement.

As of Tuesday, his official webpage made no mention of the prize except in the "books" section, where a post dated October 17 about his lyrics collection, The Lyrics: 1961-2012, noted that he was a Nobel Prize winner.