October 6th, 2011
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Tomas Transtromer awarded Nobel Prize in literature

Tomas-TranstromerStockholm : The 2011 Nobel Prize in literature was awarded to Tomas Transtromer, a Swedish poet whose surrealistic works about the mysteries of the human mind won him acclaim as one of the most important Scandinavian writers since World War II. The 80-year-old poet was awarded with the Prize “because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality.”

Mr. Transtromer’s most famous works include the 1966 “Windows and Stones,” in which he depicts themes from his many travels and “Baltics” from 1974. His works have been translated into more than 50 languages and influenced poets around the globe, particularly in North America.

American poet Robert Bly and Transtromer have been close friends since the 1950’s. The former translated many of his works into English. In 2001, Transtromer’s Swedish publishing house Bonniers published the correspondence between the two writers in the book “Air Mail.”

Earlier this year, publishing house Bonniers released a collection of his works between 1954 and 2004 to celebrate the poet’s 80th birthday.

He started writing poetry while studying at the Sodra Latin school in Stockholm and debuted with the collection “Seventeen Poems” at age 23. He received a degree in psychology from Stockholm University and later divided his time between poetry and his work as a psychologist.



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