Telephone interview with Harold Pinter after the announcement of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature, October 13, 2005. Interviewer is Marika Griehsel, freelance journalist.
- Hello. Good morning.
- Good morning, good morning, Mr Pinter. Congratulations. I'm calling from the official website of the Nobel Foundation.
- Yes. Well, thank you very much.
- It's fantastic news for us here; and I would like to hear what your thoughts were when you received the news.
- Well, I've ... I've been absolutely speechless. I am ... I'm overwhelmed by the news, very deeply moved by the news. But I can't really articulate what I feel.
- You didn't have any idea it could come your way, did you?
- No idea whatsoever! No. So I'm just bowled over.
- There's so much to talk about. But I would like just to ask you what, in your career, you think has been the most important, what has the most ...
- I cannot answer ... I can't answer these questions.
- No, I understand.
- There's nothing more I can say, except that I am deeply moved; and, as I say, I have no words at the moment. I shall have words by the time I get to Stockholm.
- You will be coming to Stockholm?
- Oh, yes.
- Okay. Thank you, Sir.
- Thank you.
- Thank you very much.
- Thank you.
Photo: Martin Rosenbaum