A Russian’s take on why Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel prize for literature
There’s no doubt that Bob Dylan is a great singer, his songs well known to millions of people in many countries. There’s also no doubt that the Nobel prize, for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” is more than strange. Dylan ranks below the level of Nobel Prize winners like Mikhail Sholokhov, Rudyard Kipling, or William Faulkner.
It’s no secret that the decisions of the Nobel Committee for Literature are very politicized. Last year the prize was awarded to the anti-Putin Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich, whose works fit the Russophobic atmosphere that reigns in the West.
But what policy is behind Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize?
Dylan is a symbol of the 1960’s peace movement, and his song “Blowin' in the Wind” became the anthem of the campaign against the war in Vietnam and American imperialism.
Today people of Bob Dylan’s generation, grown old but not having lost their sense of responsibility, are horror struck by what their country is doing to the world – in Ukraine, Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan.
Just the other day, Deena Stryker, a prominent American journalist and author of that generation told me: “No objective information about Russia is available to the general public. An unprecedented bullying of Russia and Putin is going on here. My friends are amazed at my pro-Russian position, and don’t believe that if Hillary wins, there will be war”.
This minority considers Hillary Clinton a devil incarnate. The famous video where, as Secretary of State, she exclaims “Wow!” at the sight of Gaddafi being torn to pieces, saying gaily: “We came, we saw, he died!” and laughing like a teen-ager, went viral. Clinical psychologists diagnose her as a sadist. Yet the new generation of Americans fail to see the impending danger.
Can it be that far from stupid people in the Nobel Committee for Literature have understood that just in a year the kidding (Alexievich) was over and the world has become very dangerous, awarding the prize to Dylan to remind Americans of their peace tradition?
By the way, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Barack Obama in advance, at the beginning of his first presidential term. Perhaps, by awarding Dylan the Nobel in the last months of his presidency, the Committee is calling on him to justify their credit of trust? If he could only restrain Clinton…..
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