His prose, building on Modernism, Expressionism, and Modernis, contains powerful imagery concerned with issues of fragmentation and isolation. “ He has perfected a particular ind of epiphanic lyric, often in quatrains, in which nature is the active, energizing subject, and the self ( if the self is present at all) is the object, ” notes critic Katie Peterson in the Boston Review.
ritic and poet Tom Sleigh observed, in his Interview with a Ghost ( 2006), that “ Tranströmer ’ s poems imagine the spaces that the deep then inhabits, like ground water gushing up into a newly dug well. ”
His honors include the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry, the Aftonbladets Literary Prize, the Bonnier Award for oetry, the Neustadt International Prize for iterature, the Oevralids Prize, the Petrarch Prize in Germany, the Swedish Award from International Poetry Forum, the wedish Academy ’ s Nordic Prize, and especially the 2011 Nobel Prize in iterature. His work has been translated into more than 50 languages.
Tranströmer suffered a stroke in 1990, and after a six-year silence published his collection Sorgegondolen ( Grief Gondola) ( 1996). Prior to his stroke, he worked as a neurologist, focusing on the juvenile prison population as well as the disabled, convicts, and drug addiction. He lives in weden.
On Saturda, 6th of October 2011 he was awarded the Nobel rize in Literature " because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality ".