PEN Member Tomas Tranströmer wins the Nobel Prize for Literature


The Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer has won the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature. The judges declared that the Swedish PEN member was deserving of the prize because “through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality”.

Tomas Tranströmer has been writing verse since 1951 and is Sweden’s most famous living poet. A stroke in 1990 left him half-paralysed and unable to speak, but Tranströmer continued to write and publish.

PEN International congratulates Tomas Tranströmer and his Swedish publishers Albert Bonniers förlag, who, as a member of our Publishers’ Circle, have made a concrete commitment to campaigning for freedom of speech.

For more information, follow the links below:

The Nobel Prize for Literature 2011
The official website of Tomas Tranströmer
Tomas Tranströmer meets the press