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Tomas Tranströmer was born in 1931 in Stockholm. He is Scandinavia’s best-known and most influential contemporary poet. His books sell thousands of copies in Sweden, and his work has been translated into 50 languages, with substantial or complete editions of his work published in 19 languages. Tranströmer has also translated other poets into Swedish, including Robert Bly and Hungary’s János Pilinszky.

In 1990 he received the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. His other awards include the Bonner Award for Poetry, Germany’s Petrarch Prize, the Bellman Prize, the Swedish Academy’s Nordic Prize, and the August Prize. In 1997 the city of Västerås established a special Tranströmer Prize. In 2011, after several years as a favourite, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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