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Henry Chu, LATimes: Sweden poet Tomas Transtromer awarded Nobel Prize in literature

Sweden poet Tomas Transtromer awarded Nobel Prize in literature
by Henry Chu, October 06, 2011

Reporting from London — With the prize announcement moments away and the phone resolutely silent, Tomas Transtromer figured that his chance for Nobel glory had slipped by once again.

As Sweden’s most lauded poet and a perennial favorite for the literature prize, Transtromer was used to the feeling. But just a few minutes before the rest of the world heard it, the Stockholm native received the unexpected news Thursday that he had won after all. Word came in a slightly tardy (local) call from the Swedish Academy, which bestows the coveted award.


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