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    Bob Dylan's Nobel Award Not Entirely Merited - Rammstein Frontman

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    US folk singer-songwriter Bob Dylan's recent Nobel Prize in Literature may not have been entirely merited but did not come as a surprise, German singer, songwriter, poet and the frontman of Rammstein Till Lindemann told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Lindemann arrived in Moscow on Friday to attend the presentation of his collection of poems titled "On Quiet Nights." The Russian edition, published by Eksmo publisher, contains the rock star's poems both in German and Russian.

    "I have conflicting opinions on this. On one hand, it isn't surprising, the new US president is a broker who deals in real estate. There are weird things happening today… The Nobel Prize is indeed a high distinction. I cannot say that Bob Dylan doesn't deserve it but I think that there are people in the world who are possibly more worthy of this prize," Lindemann said.

    The prestigious award is based on an author's contribution to society, he mused, adding that he gravitated to awarding writers or singers posthumously, listing Italian novelist Umberto Eco and Canadian singer Leonard Cohen among those worthy of the Nobel Prize. Eco, who authored The Name of the Rose died early this year, while Cohen, who wrote both poetry and novels, died earlier this month.

    John Lennon could also be awarded the prize posthumously for the impact his poems had on society, Lindemann said.

    The Swedish Academy said on October 13 it awarded Dylan, 75, the literature prize "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." The singer accepted the award two weeks later after a prolonged silence. Apart from being a world-known musician, Dylan has written several books such as Tarantula, Writings and Drawings and Chronicles.

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