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Bob Dylan’s Nobel silence ‘impolite and arrogant’

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan’s failure to acknowledge his Nobel Prize in literature is “impolite and arrogant”, according to a member of the body that awards it.

The 75-year-old singer was named the shock winner of the prize last week.

But all efforts by the Swedish Academy to contact him have failed, and he has not acknowledged the win in public.

Academy member Per Wastberg told Swedish television: “He is who he is,” adding that there was little surprise Dylan had ignored the news.

“We were aware that he can be difficult and that he does not like appearances when he stands alone on the stage,” he told Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter newspaper in a separate interview.

A reference to the prize was removed from Dylan’s website last week.

It is still not known if he will travel to Stockholm to receive the prize on 10 December. If he does not, a ceremony marking his career will go ahead as planned, Mr Wastberg said.

Mr Wastberg called the snub “unprecedented”, but one person has previously rejected the Nobel Prize in Literature – French author and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in 1964.

And one other recipient was distinctly underwhelmed by the honour conferred upon her by the Swedish Academy.

On learning she had won the prize in 2007, having returned from doing her shopping, the author Doris Lessing responded: “Oh Christ.”

However, she did attend the ceremony later that year.

Swedish London-based socialite Britt Tidelius faces racial abuse trial in December 2016

Britt Tidelius

Britt Tidelius

A New York socialite racially abused two women in an five-star London hotel where she lives, a court heard today.

Swedish art critic Britt Tidelius, 81, allegedly launched into a racist tirade at hotel guest Confus Nekea at the Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge in March.

Two months later in May it is claimed the socialite assaulted and spat at a member of staff, Jurgita Tiauteriene, in the same hotel and racially abused her.

At Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court today, Tidelius pleaded not guilty to one count of assault by beating and two counts of racially aggravated abuse.

Carly Loftus, prosecuting, said: ‘On March 12, another guest, Miss Nekea, was sitting by her table in the restaurant inside the hotel which the defendant resides.

‘She asked hotel staff if she could charge her phone. They gave her permission to do so. The defendant was nearby and got annoyed by this.

‘(She) said, “what are you doing, you are disturbing me?” The defendant then threatened to call security on her, which the complainant said she is free to do so.’

Miss Nakea left and went back to check on her phone 15 minutes later, and Tidelius started screaming at her again, the court heard.

According to Miss Loftus, Tidelius told her: ‘What are you doing here? You should go back to your country, you monkey. You belong on the trees.’

She was escorted away from the scene, the court heard.

Two months later, on May 18, three members of staff at the same hotel were working on the seventh floor by the laundry chute.

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“…the incest taboo in Strindberg is so powerful that it takes precedence…”

August Strindberg

August Strindberg

Vernon Young writes in “Strindberg’s ghosts”:

“Theodore Lidz found the provenance of Strindberg’s mania in latent homosexuality. Perhaps I have read Lagercrantz’s explanations unclearly but I am not satisfied by the demonstration. For me, the incest taboo in Strindberg is so powerful that it takes precedence over every other suggestion. That both suppressions can be harbored in the same personality is of course likely and Strindberg’s life-in-art and art-in-life is a tangled web. One thing is certain, whatever the ancestry: that Strindberg had an undying need to inflict and when he was provoked by an insult, real or fancied, to his sexual proclivities his reaction was volcanic and the fury of his language beyond his control to abate. While engaged to Frida Uhl (another liberated and personally ambitious woman whom he unwisely married) he had a brief affair with Dagny Juel, a notorious Norwegian beauty who had been Edvard Munch’s mistress. She rejected Strindberg in three weeks with the rumored explanation that he was too old—and too corpulent! In the ensuing months Strindberg, in a blind rage, described Dagny (whether in letters, tavern talk, or fiction Lagercrantz fails to make clear) as “a whore, a reptile, a rotten cadaver … a vampire, whose embrace killed, and a witch, who had to be burned at the stake.”

Hallan restos de ciudadano sueco desaparecido en Colombia

Jan Philip Braunisch

Jan Philip Braunisch

Los restos de un ciudadano sueco que había sido reportado como desaparecido dos años atrás en la frontera entre Colombia y Panamá fueron exhumados y traídos a Bogotá, se informó el jueves oficialmente.

“Puedo confirmar (el hallazgo de) los restos de un sueco… que estaba desaparecido en Colombia en 2013”, indicó por teléfono a The Associated Press un funcionario de la embajada de Suecia en Colombia que exigió el anonimato por no estar autorizado para hacer declaraciones públicas.

Se trata de Jan Philip Braunisch, de 26 años, quien habría sido asesinado en una zona de influencia de las rebeldes Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC).

“…we may assume with some degree of certainty that Strindberg was homosexual”: Axel Johan Uppvall

August Strindberg

August Strindberg

In August Strindberg: a Psychoanalytic Study with Special Reference to the Oedipus Complex (1920), Axel Johan Uppvall states with regard to August Strindberg, the Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter who died on this day in history, 14 May, 1912:

“…we may assume with some degree of certainty that Strindberg was homosexual.”