Guardian Unlimited | Arts news | ‘They said you’ve a call from the Nobel committee. I said, why?’: Pinter, it seems, is pretty surprised to be awarded the Nobel. And, as might have been expected, he too feels it may be as much to do with his politics as with his plays. He says: “But I suspected that they must have taken my political activities into consideration since my political engagement is very much part of my work. It’s interwoven into many of my plays. But I will find out more when I go to Stockholm in December. I’m told I am required to make a 45-minute speech which is the longest speech I will ever have made. Of course, I intend to say whatever it is I think. I may well address the state of the world. I’ll be interested myself to find out how I’m going to articulate the whole thing.”

CC BY-SA 4.0 Pinter’s surprise by Dr Rob Spence is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.