Sweden’s Tomas Transtromer wins 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature

By on Oct 7, 2011 in Announcement, Education, Europe, World Comments


Tomas Transtromer, at his Stockholm home
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Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer won the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday, October 06, 2011 in Stockholm as announced at the official website of the Nobel Prize.

According to the report, the Swedish Academy picked the 80-year-old poet “because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality.”

“I can’t do anything but cheer! Everyone here is just so happy,” Transtromer‘s spokeswoman Anna Tillgren was quoted as saying, adding that she have not yet talked to the poet about his award.

According to history, Transtromer began writing at the age of 13 and his first collection of poems, Seventeen Poems, was published in 1954. He was known for his 1966 Windows and Stones, wherein he showed themes from his many travels and Baltics from 1974.

Hence, Transtromer had suffered a stroke and became half-paralyzed in 1990. He was unable to speak but he pushed through his writings. He published his collection of poems entitled ‘The Great Enigma‘ in 2004.

He is also a trained psychologist in which his works have been described as “secular prayers”.



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