The Great Enigma

New Collected Poems

By Tomas Transtromer; Robin Fulton (Translator)
(New Directions Publishing Corporation, Paperback, 9780811216722, 262pp.)

Publication Date: October 2006

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In day's first hours consciousness can grasp the world as the hand grips a sun-warmed stone Translated into fifty languages, the poetry of Tomas Transtromer has had a profound influence around the world, an influence that has steadily grown and has now attained a prominence comparable to that of Pablo Neruda's during his lifetime. But if Neruda is blazing fire, Transtromer is expanding ice.The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems gathers all the poems Tomas Transtromer has published, from his distinctive first collection in 1954, 17 Poems, through his epic poem Baltics ("my most consistent attempt to write music"), and The Sad Gondola, published six years after he suffered a debilitating stroke in 1990 ("I am carried in my shadow / like a violin / in its black case."), to his most recent slim book, The Great Enigma, published in Sweden in 2004. Also included is his prose-memoir Memories Look at Me, containing keys into his intensely spiritual, metaphysical poetry (like the brief passage of insect collecting on Runmaro Island when he was a teenager). Firmly rooted in the natural world, his work falls between dream and dream; it probes "the great unsolved love" with the opening up, through subtle modulations, of "concrete words.



About the Author
Robin Fulton, a Scottish poet and longtime resident of Norway, has been translating Transtromer for over thirty-five years.

Robin Fulton, a Scottish poet and longtime resident of Norway, has been translating Transtromer for over thirty-five years.


NPR
Thursday, Oct 6, 2011

Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer is this year's winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. Transtromer has been mentioned as a candidate for the award for years. His work often walks a line between concrete reality and dreams � he's worked as a psychologist and social worker in addition to his writing. More at NPR.org

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