Tomas Tranströmer Wins Nobel Prize

A young Tomas Tranströmer.

Congratulations to Tomas Tranströmer, who has received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature! Tranströmer’s work was introduced to American audiences by Robert Bly, whose Seventies Press published the first book-length translation of his work, Twenty Poems, in the United States in 1970 when Tranströmer was 39 years old. Our review of a much more recent volume of his work, The Sorrow Gondola, translated by Michael McGriff and Mikaela Grassl (Green Integer 2010), can be found here. As reviewer Monika Zobel points out, “what Tranströmer expresses so eloquently . . . is the idea that our lives are fleeting in relation to our history.”

 

See the official announcement at Nobelprize.org.
See a list of Tranströmer’s collections at The Swedish Wire.