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  • Paperback: 97 pages
  • Publisher: GRAYWOLF PRESS (12 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555973515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555973513
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the Neustadt Prize for Literature, Tomas Transtromer has a prestigious worldwide reputation. His work has been translated into some 30 languages. Longtime friend and editor of Transtromer, Robert Bly, translates a carefully chosen selection of the poet's definitive works.


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The cover advises Tomas Transtromer as probably Sweden's best-known living writer. At the time of writing this review, and until his death in April 2015, this was probably true- outside the Swedish crime writers who have become well known like Henning Mankell and Steig Larsen.

Transtromer was nominated for the Nobel Prize several times, and it became an annual ritual at the time when names were announced for journalists in Sweden to wait outside his apartment in expectation of his winning until he finally won it in 2011. Some in the British press at the time greeted the news when it did come with a customary "who?" which often greets the names of writers outside the English language. But to many people in the British poetry scene this award was considered long overdue. For some time, he was considered as possibly the greatest living poet in any language. Transtromer has been translated into many languages outside his native Swedish by some distinguished poets with international reputations such as Jaan Kaplinski, Adonis and several English language poets such as Robin Fulton, May Swensen, John F Deane as well as Robert Bly whose translations are here.

The poems themselves are in free verse and show great economy in the use of words and often contain startling images. These often inhabit a landscape that lies on the edge between waking and dreaming. But then Transtromer was a psychologist as well as a poet who once said in an interview he sometimes felt he lived in two worlds at the same time. So, perhaps, this soaked into his vision. It is a modern landscape of countryside with pieces of used machinery left in it. A landscape inhabiting many turns of mind: from bewilderment and loss to great happiness. He is a poet of both joy and sorrow.
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I could relax and enjoy 'the trip', framework by framework. And, at the same time, I felt that intertextual references had been activated activated and all the senses were alive. Cold light, bright words. Worth the time, every second of it!
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I met a relative of the poet on a Swedish island. Read a poem every night. Not keen on his writing per se, but this is very personal. The subject matter is often compelling however.
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HASH(0x916973f0) out of 5 stars Great intro to major poet 28 Dec. 2007
By E. D. Hensley - Published on Amazon.com
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I knew little of Transtromer's work and nothing about him. Bly's translations are the best way to enter Mr. T's world, I think. I now have other translations. In some cases, 2 others of a poem for comparison. I do not know Swedish at all, although I would like to look at it sometime--but none of the books I have is bilingual. I don't miss it here. I can tell that Bly translates as he has elsewhere: he reads and receives the original poem and then writes a poem-to-poem translation, rather than word-for-word. I've found other parts that I prefer or find a bit more interesting in other translations, but for overall poem-ness and poetic satisfaction, I don't think Bly's can be beat. You know you're reading poetry, not simply translation. For those who'd like to compare and don't mind some overlap, I'd recommend Robin Fulton's collected poems The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems and Robert Hass's selected poems Tomas Transtromer: Selected Poems, 1954-1986. In some cases, you'll get 3 translations for triangulation. For me, I'm seeking out more of Bly's translations, many of which are out of print.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91697648) out of 5 stars Thanks to the Nobel Prize committee 5 Nov. 2011
By SUCCISA VIRESCIT - Published on Amazon.com
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Like most aging ex-English majors/literati caught up in just trying to stay afloat in this crazy economy, its hard enough to find the time to read much less stay abreast with the world of great literature. I heard about this Swedish poet who recently won the Nobel on NPR's "All Things Considered." Curious, I did an online search. The first poem (happened to be the one this collection is named for) and I was hooked. I have two volumes now, this one being my favorite. In these frantic, digitized, vampiric times, Transtromer's poems are an oasis of green pastures and still waters. And even though they are, in the words of English translator Robert Bly's excellent introduction to this volume, "mysterious because the images have traveled a long way to get here" they remain, at least I found them, curiously accessible. If you aren't into poetry (we should all make ourselves dabble at least as a intellectual and spiritual discipline) this book is worth giving a try. Put it by your bedside and, after prayers or even along with them, read one every night before turning off the light. (BTW, I am a Christian who takes Jesus, the Bible, the Church and my faith very seriously. I am not precisely sure where Transtromer is coming from in relation to spiritual matters, but his is at least, to paraphrase O'Connor, a very Christ and Holy Spirit-haunted world.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this collection of poems recently after Transtromer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Beautiful poems! The characters in his poems are so realistic and at the same time it feels like you are entering a dream.
As Transtromer says himself:"So much that can neither be written nor kept inside!"
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91697900) out of 5 stars A sampler of poems from a supremely attentive human being 29 Feb. 2012
By Douglas Bass - Published on Amazon.com
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What are you going to see as you read Robert Bly's translations of Tomas Transtrommer? You'll see the nature that was here a long time before your people (family, clan, nation) were here, and that will still be here a long time after your people have gone somewhere else. You'll see head-on what you usually see out of the corner of your eye. You'll see the mysterious, invading the everyday in a passionate tango, as if the mysterious and the everyday were mirror images of each other (are they?). Transtrommer's poems are the music of that tango. If you read one of these Transtrommer poems, and read it again sometime later, I believe you'll remember the first time you read the poem, as if the image lodged itself somewhere in the mind as something that needed to be remembered. This is not poetry you read to get a clever turn of phrase: this is poetry you read to open yourself as wide as the sky to the mystery of your life.
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HASH(0x91697e04) out of 5 stars Great Poet 27 Dec. 2011
By sarak - Published on Amazon.com
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Tomas Transtromer is an amazing poet - I'm so glad I bought this collection of poetry! I'd read about him in a few articles and couldn't find a good edition/translation for the longest time until I stumbled across this one. I'm so glad I picked it up!
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