The Deleted World
Written by Tomas Transtromer
Publication Date December 09, 2011
Tomas Tranströmer -- the recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature -- can be clearly recognized not just as Sweden's most important poet, but as a writer of international stature whose work speaks to us now with undiminished clarity and resonance. Long celebrated as a master of the arresting, suggestive image, Tranströmer is a poet of the liminal: his verse is drawn again and again to thresholds of light and of water, the boundaries between man and nature, wakefulness and dream. A deeply spiritual but secular writer, his skepticism about humanity is continually challenged by the implacable renewing power of the natural world. His poems are epiphanies rooted in experience: spare, luminous meditations that his extraordinary images split open -- exposing something sudden, mysterious, and unforgettable.
Brilliantly translated by renowned Scottish poet Robin Robertson, the work collected in The Deleted World span the breadth of Tranströmer’s career and provide a perfect introduction to the work of one of the world’s greatest living poets.
Tomas Tranströmer was born in Stockholm in 1931. He has written eleven books of poetry and has received numerous international honors, including the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the Bonnier Award for Poetry, Germany’s Petrarch Prize, the Bellman Prize, the Swedish Academy’s Nordic Prize, and, in 2007, the Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award. In October 2011 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He lives with his wife in Stockholm.
"... Robertson’s alterations do a fine job of conveying a poem’s spirit ... The Deleted World is pleasurable ..." New York Times
"[Transtromer] displays a masterful sense of cinematic imagery ... the selected poems are spare, powerful, and image-driven." Winnipeg Free Press
"[Robin] Robertson has done justice to the greatest qualities of Transtromer’s poems: their evocative, striking imagery and uncanny metaphorical resonance ... a collection that sparks with an exquisite, awakened awareness of the world." Toronto Star