Published Oct 22, 2016Controversy continues to swirl over Bob Dylan's silence after winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, with a member of the Swedish Academy now calling him "impolite and arrogant."
While Dylan briefly acknowledged the honour (only to then not), he's yet to publicly saying anything about winning the prestigious award — something that seems to be getting under the skin of some of the Academy's members. This includes Per Wastberg, who was quoted as saying to Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter [via the BBC], "One can say that it is impolite and arrogant. He is who he is."
Wastberg added, "We were aware that he can be difficult and that he does not like appearances when he stands alone on the stage."
That said, Wastberg still hopes Dylan will attend the award ceremony.
"We have agreed not to lift a finger. The ball lies entirely on his half," Wastberg told the newspaper. "You can speculate as much as you want but we don't."
The literature prize, as well as five other Nobel prizes, will be officially awarded in Stockholm on December 10.