Transfer Fat (Forsla fett) was nominated for Sweden’s prestigious Augustpriset for Best Poetry Book in 2002. The poems are a haunting amalgamation of language and science: of pregnancy, of whales, of electron microscopes – of the naturally and unnaturally grotesque, of things unforeseen. Johannes Göransson’s translation captures the seething instability of Berg’s bizarre compound nouns and linguistic contortions.
“Her language flails in little packets, objects that might seem tiny or translucent in how they sit surrounded with white space on the paper, though over time feeding in viral, connective ways.”
Aase Berg was born in Stockholm. The author of eight books in Swedish, she was recently awarded the prestigious Aftonbladets Litteratur Pris.
Johannes Göransson is the co-editor of Action Books; in 2005, Action Books published Remainland: Selected Poems of Aase Berg, which he translated from Swedish. His other translations include Ideals Clearance by Henry Parland (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2007).