Tomas Transtromer: Poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner dies

The reclusive writer died at the age of 83 after a short illness

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
Friday 27 March 2015 18:08
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Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer, winner of the Nobel prize for literature, has died aged 83
Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer, winner of the Nobel prize for literature, has died aged 83

The Swedish poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer has died at the age of 83.

Transtromer died after a short illness, Anna Tillgren, a spokeswoman for his publisher Bonniers, said.

Known for his surreal and lyrical poerty, Transtromer’s work was translated into more than 50 languages and influenced poets across Europe, the Middle East and Americas.

He had been nominated for the Nobel Prize every year since 1993, and finally won in 2011. The Swedish Academy said in its citation that Transtromer had received the Nobel prize “because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality”.

Transtromer was left partly paralysed after suffering a stroke in 1990, which made it difficult for him to speak, though he continued to write.

Transtromer debuted at 23 with the collection Seventeen Poems, and later divided his time between poetry and his work as a psychologist.

In famous collections such as the 1966 Windows And Stones, Transtromer used imaginative metaphors to describe the mysteries of the human mind, while his other work addressed nature, history and death.

He is survived by his wife Monika and their two daughters Emma and Paula.

Additional reporting by agencies

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