In Celebration of Tomas Tranströmer

featuring contributions from

Homero Aridjis | Kjell Espmark | Ulrika Funered | Monica Lauritzen | David Lister | Robin Robertson | Monica Tranströmer | Tomas Tranströmer | Per Wåstberg

Format: hardback
Pages: 84
Publisher: The Swedenborg Society
Dimensions: 225 x 135 mm
Language: English
Series: Swedenborg Archive
Series editor: Stephen McNeilly
Place of publication: London, UK
Date of publication: 2018

In Celebration of Tomas Tranströmer
(ISBN 978-0-85448-207-8)


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Tomas Tranströmer (1931-2015) was one of Sweden’s most universally respected literary exports, his poetry being translated into over 60 different languages and drawing the admiration of international contemporaries (many of whom would become close friends and translators of his work), such as Czesław Miłosz, Joseph Brodsky and Robert Bly. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature to great acclaim in 2011.

This book celebrates Tranströmer’s life and work, featuring a carefully considered selection of his poetry, in translations by the award-winning Scottish poet Robin Robertson, and an array of revealing and insightful tributes, appreciations and reminiscences from some of Tomas’s closest literary friends and colleagues, including the Swedish writer and literary historian, Kjell Espmark; the journalist and Chair of the Nobel Committee, Per Wåstberg; the literary critic and producer Monica Lauritzen; and the Mexican poet, environmental campaigner and former president of PEN International Homero Aridjis.

Tranströmer’s writing possessed a deceptive simplicity that often saw him considered a ‘poet’s poet’, simultaneously mineral and metaphysical in its concerns, Seamus Heaney described it as permitting us ‘to be happily certain of our own uncertainties’. It was somehow fitting that, in conjunction with the Swedish Embassy, a commemoration of Tomas should take place at Swedenborg House, an event out of which this book was born. That day’s proceedings were closed by Tomas’s widow, Monica, whose warm and moving words also close this volume, and should delight anyone with an interest in Tranströmer’s poetry.