Tomas Transtromer

Why Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize is the best thing that can happen to the book world

Why Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize is the best thing that can happen to the book world

When the Nobel Prize was given to Bob Dylan this week, it seemed to many in the book world like a lost opportunity.

Each year, the bright light of the Nobel falls across our cultural canvas and illuminates the work of a major writer — and in recent years that’s usually been a writer who is little-known to American audiences.

If that meant the Nobel had been feeling increasingly remote, it was expanding our conversation. Sure, we might be raising an eyebrow and asking one another who the heck Tomas Transtromer or Svetlana Alexievich might be,...

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