Half-Finished Heaven, The: The Best Poems of Tomas Transtromer Paperback – 12 Aug 2010
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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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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.Read more ›
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As Transtromer says himself:"So much that can neither be written nor kept inside!"