There is a deep poetic justice in the fact that the same day we lose Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. They are two atypical laureates, very different from the sometimes pompous tradition of the Nobel institution.
These two artists have changed our relationship with the word, by intertwining it with sound, voice, body, improvisation and performance. Because of this, they seem foreign in the literary establishment.
Furthermore, both Bob Dylan and Dario Fo sink the roots of their creativity in the world of popular culture: from Mistero Buffo to A Hard Rain’s-a Gonna Fall, they are the voices of the vagrants and the acrobats of the Italian countryside and the voices of black laborers in the Mississippi Delta and Depression vagabonds, from Blind Willie Johnson to Woody Guthrie. Through them, they occupy the center stage and become the new languages of modernity.