Friday, October 07, 2011
Nobel Prize in literature to Tomas Tranströmer
This year's Nobel Prize in literature goes to Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer. A very well-deserved and perhaps well-overdue honour to a poet whose work is poignant, existential and has greatly influenced me (and certainly many others).
Tranströmer's work is often charactarised by "economy, concreteness and poignant metaphors". His first collection of poems was published in 1954, and his work has subsequently been translated into over 60 languages. Tranströmer periodically publised translations of his own poetry, which culminated in the 1999 collection 'Tolkningar' ('Interpretations').
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2011 was awarded to Tomas Tranströmer "because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality".
Read more here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here for example.
Source for quotes here.