Bob dylan delivered his lecture for the nobel prize for literature as a sound recording this spring after much wrangling. Now it becomes a book.
The US publisher simon&schuster has published a 32-page special edition, which the swedish nobel institute pointed out via twitter on wednesday. According to the publisher, only 100 copies of the signed books will be sold – for the steep price of 2500 dollars (2150 euros) a piece.
However, there is also a non-signed edition for about 17 dollars. Dylan’s award speech, which lasted about half an hour, can also be read and listened to for free on the internet.
Dylan (76) was awarded the 2016 nobel prize for literature in recognition of his poetic reinterpretations of the american song tradition. For almost two weeks, the sanger was open about whether he would accept the award, and then failed to show up for the ceremony on 10. December. He picked up his medal and certificate when he was in stockholm during a tour anyway. He delivered the lecture as an audio recording shortly before the deadline after which he no longer received prize money.
"The speech is aubergewohnlich," wrote academy member sara danius at the time. In the lecture, which is accompanied by piano music in the background, the sanger describes which music and books have influenced him. Dylan calls his fellow musician buddy holly "an older brother," and also expresses his admiration for the book "moby dick" by herman melville and the "odyssey" by the greek poet homer.