Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer has won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature.
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2011 was awarded to Tomas Tranströmer “because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality”.
I’ve read some of his poetry in English and some in Chinese, and I have no question that he is a worthy winner. That said, I am surprised at the recent lack of surprise in the Nobel Prize announcements these couple of years. Certainly, Tranströmer has been one of the frontrunners for a good many years now. For a time, the Nobel seemed to be really interested in some really surprising names. Not anymore?
In any case, here is an interesting YouTube video about him that you should watch:
Monica Tranströmer and Griffin trustees Robert Hass and Robin Robertson join in paying tribute to Lifetime Recognition award recipient Tomas Tranströmer.