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Benito Taibo: With Nobel to Dylan, Swedish Academy opens a new door

Benito Taibo: With Nobel to Dylan, Swedish Academy opens a new door

Posted by PanamericanWorld on October 14, 2016

Mexican author Benito Taibo said Thursday that by awarding the Nobel Prize for Literature to songwriter Bob Dylan, the Swedish Academy is turning over a new leaf and sending a message in favor of quotidian poetry.

"With Dylan, the Swedish Academy took off its antiquated suit full of cultural atavisms and is wanting to show that literature comes from the inscrutable and makes us believe that we can delve into unknown territory," he told EFE.

A poet, storyteller and one of the main promoters of reading in Mexico, Taibo said that at 6 a.m. in Mexico, the time at which the award to Dylan was announced, he began to applaud and still hasn't stopped.

"Dylan described our time just like an entomologist opens up a small insect to know what it's made of by speaking of human passions, urban and rural, from the streets of New York to the depths of the American West," he said.

The author, who is in the process of releasing his new novel "Corazonadas," said he had heard Dylan's music for the first time at age seven or eight and confessed that he has the minstrel's song "Like a Rolling Stone" in his car, which he listens to a couple of times a day.

"There's also a political message in presenting the Nobel to this rebel at a time when there's a guy who wants to build a wall 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) long and 800 meters (about half a mile) high, when we should be building bridges and not walls," Taibo said, alluding to U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Taibo said that last year he had applauded the selection of Belarussian journalist Svetlana Alexievich for a Nobel.

"The stylish said that journalism was the bastard son of literature, but with Alexievich they said, excuse me, he's not a bastard but rather the handsome son, which we saw clearly with 'In Cold Blood,' by Truman Capote, with 'The Story of a Ship-wrecked Sailor" and the stories of (Gabriel) Garcia Marquez and the war writings of (Earnest) Hemingway," he added.

Taibo said that today another door had been opened and he mentioned poets who sing such as Spain's Luis Eduarto Aute, whom he described as a lay saint to whom he devotes his most pleasant moments.

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