Singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan, has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature. Dylan had been given an outsiders chance, with Japanese novelist, Haruki Murakami and Kenyan writer, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, the bookies’ favourites.
The announcement has, frankly, caught me by surprise. I’d rooted for the two frontrunners, particularly Murakami, who is one of my favourite authors. Dylan’s lyrics are extraordinary, poetic stories, but I’m not convinced that he’s made a significant contribution to literature.
The Nobel Committee praised Dylan for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
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