The Blue House: Collected Works of Tomas Tranströmer

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6.69 X 9.13 X 1.81 inches | 2.8 pounds

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About the Author

About the AuthorNobel Laureate Tomas Tranströmer was born in Stockholm in 1931, and studied literature and psychology at the University of Stockholm. A poet and psychologist who worked with disadvantaged youth, Tranströmer authored numerous full length poetry collections translated into more than fifty languages. He died in Stockholm in 2015.About the Translator
Patty Crane is a translator and poet from Cape Cod. Her translations of Tomas Tranströmer have appeared in The New York Times, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Her first book-length Tranströmer translation, Bright Scythe, was published by Sarabande Books (2015). Crane spent three years living in Sweden to work with Tranströmer and his wife, Monica, to translate and study his work, and, in 2019 received a MacDowell fellowship to continue translating Tranströmer's poetry. She currently splits her time between Massachusetts and Vermont.


Praise for The Blue House"Incandescent. Crane's translations feel as close to the original Swedish as one is likely to get. . . . This new gathering will draw readers into the poet's grounded realm of both the familiar and the magical. . . . The Blue House will long be considered the definitive tome of Tranströmer's work in English and should be on every poetry shelf."--Raúl Niño, Booklist, STARRED review

Praise for Patty Crane's Translations of Tomas Tranströmer"[In Bright Scythe, Crane] render[s] the poems, often with masterly care, into syllables sharper, more brittle, more urgent, than some prior translators chose. Her Tranströmer wants to be heard... Readers who know earlier versions, or who know Swedish, will want to contrast these versions with what they know; readers new to Tranströmer should bundle up and dive in." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
Praise for Tomas Tranströmer"[Tranströmer's] work is very much a poetry centered on specific moments: the short minute that brings sudden relief, the sense of turning the back to everyday life and opening the window for a brief flash just to listen to the birds and the wind." --The New York Times"Tranströmer's world is deeply northern, with scenes of snow, islands in chill waters, clouds and mists. But always, he is really speaking about innerscapes of the human soul." --Philadelphia Inquirer"In its scope, Baltics remains calmly ambitious and unafraid." --The Rumpus"The Half-Finished Heaven provides a wonderful respite for world-weary readers."--The Washington Post