Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for Literature. 'Booker to Baba Sehgal next'?

Oct 13, 2016, 17:43 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for Literature. 'Booker to Baba Sehgal next'?
US legendary songwriter Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature this year. Well, Twitterati are wondering if 'the Booker Prize will go to Baba Sehgal next'?

American music legend Bob Dylan on Thursday won the Nobel Literature Prize, the first songwriter to win the prestigious award and an announcement that stunned prize watchers.

Dylan, 75, was honoured "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition," the Swedish Academy said.

The choice was met by gasps and a long round of applause from journalists attending the prize announcement.

The folk singer has been mentioned in Nobel speculation in past years, but was never seen as a serious contender.

The Academy's permanent secretary Sara Danius said Dylan's songs were "poetry for the ears."

Well, the announcement wasn't 'poetry' to everyone's ears. Some Twitterati were shocked by the news. People were surprised that authors such as Haruki Murakami, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Philip Roth were overlooked. They were also wondering how a song lyricist was picked for Nobel Prize in Literature.


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