Nobel Prize For Literature
October 6, 2011 by staff
Transtroemer, 80, had the honor “because, through its condensed images, transparent, giving us access to the new reality,” said the jury of the Swedish Academy.
His poetry is full of imagination and emotion, but also full of the unexpected, which makes his work both times disorienting and refreshing.
Scandinavia’s most famous living poet, Transtroemer has been called a master of mystique that often has a consciousness of dream in which time stops to allow the dissection of the relationship between the inner and the surrounding world.
“Most Transtroemer poetry collections are characterized by the economy, moving concrete and metaphors. … In their latest collections Transtroemer has shifted to an even smaller format and a greater degree of concentration,” he said.
Transtroemer suffered a stroke in 1990 that affected his ability to speak. An amateur pianist, who plays the piano every day, using his left hand, right damaged by stroke, and spends his mornings listening to classical music.
He was listening to music when the call on Thursday took place in the Swedish Academy.
Academy Permanent Secretary, Peter Englund told Swedish television Transtroemer had been nominated for the award every year since 1993. His work is “about the death and history and memory, look at us, created us, and that makes us important because human beings are a kind of prison where all entities that meet these big,” said Englund website nobelprize.org.
“We find it important, can never feel small after reading the poetry of Transtroemer” he said.
“He has a fairly small production could actually fit in a pocket book is not very large, all of it. So you have a production very fast and very well contained. It is a prolific author,” said Englund.
Transtroemer reputation in the English-speaking world owes much to his friendship with the American poet Robert Bly, who has translated most of his work in English, one of 60 languages ??in which his poems have appeared.
His introspective style, described by Publishers Weekly as “mystical, versatile and sad”, is in contrast to the life Transtroemer, demonstrating an ongoing commitment and active work for a better world – not only for writing poems.
In his parallel career as a psychologist and poet, he also worked with the disabled, prisoners and drug addicts and at the same time, producing a large number of poetic works.
His wife Monica, told Swedish news agency TT her husband was surprised to win the prestigious award.
“I do not think he would get to experience this,” he said, adding that a swarm of journalists – who year after year, gathered outside the apartment building the couple waiting for an announcement of Nobel – was in its home.
“He also says he is comfortable with all these people who come to congratulate him and take pictures,” he said.
Transtroemer has sold thousands of volumes in his native country, and his work has been translated into over 60 languages. His books of poetry are the great enigma: New Collected Poems (New Directions, 2006), half-finished Heaven (2001), New Collected Poems (1997), for the living and the dead (1995), the Baltic countries (1975 ), Windows and Stones (1972), a selection of poetry and a runner-International Forum for the National Book Award for translation and half-finished heaven (2001).
Transtroemer, Swedish seventh to win the prestigious award, will receive 10 million Swedish kronor (U.S. and 1.48 million) prize at a gala ceremony in Stockholm, December 10, the anniversary of the death in 1896 creator of the award, the Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel.
Last year, the honor went to Spanish-Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa.
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