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…“Borges no le hizo falta el Nobel, al Nobel le hizo falta Borges”

Segun Garuyo en “10 cosas que se quisieran borrar de la historia del Nobel”:

Unas de las más grandes injusticias es la que se cometió en contra del poeta argentino Jorge Luis Borges, quien fue nominado durante prácticamente toda la década de los 70 pero jamás se lo otorgaron. Incluso, la ocasión que más cerca estuvo fue en 1977 pero el comité decidió no premiarlo porque había asistido a Chile a recibir un reconocimiento de manos del dictador Augusto Pinochet. Hay quienes afirman que a “Borges no le hizo falta el Nobel, al Nobel le hizo falta Borges”.

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“Those who won’t accept evil never get anything good”: August Strindberg

“Those who won’t accept evil never get anything good.”

August Strindberg

The Road to Damascus

“That is the thankless position of the father in the family – the provider for all, and the enemy of all”: August Strindberg

August Strindberg

“That is the thankless position of the father in the family – the provider for all, and the enemy of all.”

August Strindberg

The Son of a Servant 

Stockholm attack: Chris Bevington named as British victim

Chris Bevington was a “talented, compassionate and caring” man, his family said

A British man killed in the Stockholm lorry attack has been named as 41-year-old Chris Bevington.

Two Swedes and one Belgian also died in the attack on Friday, when a hijacked lorry was driven into a store.

His family said they were devastated by the “untimely and tragic death” of the “wonderful husband, son, father, brother and close friend to many”.

The suspect, a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan, had been facing deportation, Swedish police said.

Mr Bevington’s father John said: “We are all devastated by the untimely and tragic death of our talented, compassionate and caring son Chris.

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.