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Swedish Poet Wins Nobel Prize

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Tomas Transtromer, the 80-year-old poet, became the first Swedish laureate since 1974. The Nobel committee gave Transtromer the award "because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality." He is the first poet to take the $1.5 million prize since Polish poet Wisława Szymborska in 1996. The Associated Press called Transtromer a "perennial favorite," and indeed he has ranked high in the betting odds in each of the last several years. The AP also noted that Transtromer suffered a stroke in 1990 that left him half-paralyzed but that he has continued to write. A number of collections of his poetry have been published in translation. Here are a few: The Half-Finished Heaven: The Best Poems of Tomas Tranströmer The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems For The Living And The Dead Truth Barriers The Deleted World Bonus Link: Solitude (I) by Tomas Tranströmer, translated by Robin Robertson