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Tomas Transtromer: A poet of natural metaphors

books Updated: Oct 06, 2011 12:44 IST
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Sweden's most famous living poet, Tomas Transtromer, won the Nobel prize for literature on Thursday, the first time in more than 30 years the award has gone to a native of the Nordic country.

The Swedish Academy, which awards the prize of 10 million crowns ($1.45 million), said the poet had won "because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality."

Tomas Tranströmer is a poet who, according to Peter Englund, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, writes about "death, history, memory and nature. A lot about nature."

His works are characterized by "economy, correctness and poignant metaphors," the Academy added.

A partial list of works by Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in literature:

Works in English, translated from Swedish:

"Twenty Poems" (1970)

"Night Vision" (1972)

"Windows & Stones" (1972)

"Elegy; Some October" (1973)

"Citoyens" (1974)

"Baltics" (1975)

"How the Late Autumn Night Novel Begins" (1980)

"Truth Barriers: Poems" (1980)

"Selected Poems" (1981)

"The Wild Marketplace" (1985)

"The Blue House (equals) Det bla huset" (1987)

"For the Living and the Dead" (1994)

"The Deleted World" (2006)

"The Great Enigma" (2006)

"The Sorrow Gondola (equals) Sorgegondolen" (2010)