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Tomas Tranströmer

Tomas Tranströmer 1931-2015

Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer passed away on 26 March at the age of 83. He was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature "because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality".

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"Dear Tomas ..."

Watch Tomas Tranströmer, one of the very few Swedish writers with an influence on world literature, receive his Nobel Prize at the Stockholm Concert Hall on 10 December 2011.


QuoteI play Haydn after a black day and feel a simple warmth in my hands.

The keys are willing. Soft hammers strike.
The resonance green, lively and calm.

The music says freedom exists
and someone doesn't pay the emperor tax.

I push down my hands in my Haydnpockets ...

Read Allegro and four other poems by Tomas Tranströmer

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