Saturday, October 08, 2011

Tomas Tranströmer. Nobel Prize for Literature, 2011.

Nobel Prize in literature went to Tomas Tranströmer of Sweden.

He is considered by Swedes as the national poet. They compare him in importance to Strindberg and Bergman. Tranströmer suffered a stroke in 1990 and has been unable to speak since, but has continued to write. Internationally he is one of the most widely translated contemporary poets, his work has appeared in over 60 languages.

In this audio he gives a master class in English and reads one of his most famous poems Shubertiana.

This is how it sounds in Swedish:

Russian version of this article is here.

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