Friday, October 07, 2011

Swedish Poet Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Tomas Tranströmer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature yesterday, recognition that former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove told the Washington Post was “long overdue” the 80-year-old Swede.

In a press release, the Swedish Academy, who awards the prize, said that Tranströmer, who is widely considered to be one of Sweden’s most important writers, was recognized “because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality”.

Tranströmer edged out betting favorite Bob Dylan, (Yes: that Bob Dylan.) the Syrian poet, Adonis, and Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami.

And if all of this has you wondering about other Nobel Prize winners, check out this interesting feature on the Prize’s official web site. Visitors are asked to comment on books by their favorite Prize-winning authors. The authors are listed in alphabetical order, with a list of important works and a link to reader’s comments. A great way to put together a reading list of contemporary classics.



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