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ტომას ტრანსტრომერი, კლასიკოსად აღიარებული შვედი პოეტი, მსოფლიოს თანამედროვე ლირიკოსებს შორის ერთ-ერთ ყველაზე ცნობილ პოეტად ითვლება. მისი ლექსები დაახლოებით 60 ენაზეა ნათარგმნი. 2011 წლის დეკემბერში მას ნობელის პრემია მიენიჭა.

ამ წიგნში შესულია საუკეთესო ლექსები ტომას ტრანსტრომერის კრებულებიდან: 17 ლექსი, გზათა საიდუმლონი, სანახევრო სამოთხე, ხმები და ნაკვალევები, ხედვ
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s.penkevich
This collection of poetry, from the whole of Transtromer's career, more than justifies the stamp of "Nobel Prize Winner" that is printed on the cover. Shamefully, I had never heard of this Swedish born poet until the week before he won the prize. I had read an article that highlighted him as a frontrunner for the prize this year and I began to seek out his poetry. It took a bit of patience, and I urge anyone to first flip around in the book for awhile until they find the right poem that speaks t ...more
Jenna
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tomas Transtromer is the kind of poet I ought to love. For one thing, he has a gift for coming up with extended metaphors that ring entirely true and yet are so deliciously fresh that you can almost smell them:

“At road’s end I see power
and it’s like an onion
with overlapping faces
coming loose one by one..."


Transtromer's gift for conjuring outlandish-yet-precise metaphors reminded me of Yehuda Amichai, long one of my favorite poets. It also reminded me of Aristotle, who,/>“At
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Roger Brunyate
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Comet's Tail

How can you write about a poet without quoting? And if he has already achieved such extreme compression of ideas as 2011 Nobelist Tomas Tranströmer has, what can more words add? So I will try to use his own words as much as possible, starting with a complete poem, "Eagle Rock," from his last published collection (The Great Enigma, 2004):
Behind the vivarium glass
the reptiles
unmoving.

A woman hangs up washing
in the silence.
Death is becalmed.

In the depth
/>
(The
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Steven Godin
So many poems to pick from here, I just went for these three. Difficult to get into this collection at first, but on reading some of the poems again, they did slowly work their way into me on a deeper level.

THE HALF-FINISHED HEAVEN

Despondency breaks off its course.
Anguish breaks off its course.
The vulture breaks off its flight.

The eager light streams out,
even the ghosts take a draught.

And our paintings see daylight,
our red beasts of the ice-age s
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PGR Nair
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TOMAS TRANSTROMER TASTES TRIUMPH WITH NOBEL PRIZE

PGR Nair

The poet Tomas Transtromer has finally tasted triumph by winning the Nobel Prize for literature for 2011. The Swedish Academy praised Mr. Tranströmer, saying that “through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality.” This is absolutely true of his serene poetry.

The 80-year-old Tomas Transtromer is one of the greatest Scandinavian poets and has had a profound influence in the literary
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Petya Kokudeva
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Чела съм части от тази книга на английски, сега, за радост, поживях в нея и на български. По какво долових, че ме е доближила съвсем и съм я заобичала дори повече, отколкото предполагам.

Първо. Не мога да чета, без да подчертавам. Не знам защо, все едно не чета органично и нямам контакт, ако не пиша, подчертавам и рисувам на места. НО ТАЗИ КНИГА аз направо я илюстрирах - сега гледам, какво ли няма - човечета с щръкнали коси (тях ги ползвам като NB), детелини, вълни, пр. Явно толкова ме е придърп
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Fergus
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
STANZA TO THOREAU

Yet one more abandoned the heavy city's
ring of greedy stones. And the water, salt and crystal
closes over the heads of all who truly seek refuge.

- Transtromer says so much with so little, in a direct gaze of savage intensity!

Annie
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
My only regret after finishing this fascinating book of poetry is that I would have read the very last chapter, a prose memoir piece called "Memories of Me," prior to reading any of the poetry. I encourage new readers of this book to read the last chapter first. Transtromer's poetry is beautiful but abstruse, his images powerful but multi-layered. At times, I felt as if I were reading a poetic form of stream-of-consciousness, or a transcription from a hypnotic state of mind. In his memoir, Trans ...more
Ajay P.
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


One of the wonderful books of poems I have read recently.

Not for speed reading. Wait for lonely nights. Patience will be answered.

It s complicated, dense with unmeasured depths. It s for wandering souls

Antonomasia
Many times, looking for some wild nature poetry that would say what I felt better than I could, plus something extra, I read bits of Ted Hughes. I was nearly always disappointed. What I was looking for, it turns out nearly four years after I first noted this book on Goodreads, was Tranströmer.
[BTW, I too find the name difficult to say on its own without inwardly singing the notes of the Transformers theme. But at least we've got that out of the way now.]
This Swedish Nobel Prize winner's poems,
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Jeff Jackson
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
"Baltics" is amazing, one of the best long poems I've read.
For me, the rest are hit and miss.
Harman
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seeing as this is poetry, I don't read straight through it as I would prose, so to be honest I haven't completely finished this book, but I've read enough of it in my opinion to have "read" it.
Tomas Transtroemer is phenomenal. Rarely have I found language so powerful and intimate that resonates as deeply within me as Transtroemer's work does. The Blue House on page 169 is probably my favorite poem, at least currently. I'm crazy about the line "I am grateful for this life! But still I miss
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Deniss
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nature
The forest is full of abandoned monsters which I love.

Creo que leí algo de Tranströmer cuando ganó el Nobel porque entonces trabajaba en una librería, pero no me acuerdo de casi nada de esa primera colección que se tradujo al español. En todo caso, qué bueno que volví a él y esta vez puse atención, hubiera sido muy triste perderme de estos poemas. Regularmente leo poesía tomándome mi tiempo, alternando con otros libros, pero con esta colección fue imposible parar, sentía que leía un diario y en otr
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Laura
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, i-own
i must go out - the greenery is dense
with memories

super mooie bundel
Peter
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel blessed to work next to a magnificent and cheap used book store that has treasures like this book available.

Fave book was probably The Sad Gondola.

Will have to read this collection again.
Sorina Negrilă
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"It is always so early in here, it is before the crossroads, before the irrevocable choices. I am grateful for this life! And yet I miss the alternatives. All sketches wish to be real."
Peycho Kanev
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Голямата загадка Тумас Транстрьомер

Още в началото на XX век големият норвежки писател Кнут Хамсун възкликва: „Научих толкова много от шведската поезия и най-вече от поетите й от новото поколение.” Тук е мястото да призная, че не съм задълбочен изследовател и познавач на шведската поезия, но мога да твърдя, че също съм научил много от поетите на тази държава, които съм чел в превод на английски. Такива като Хари Едмунд Мартинсон, Гунар Екельоф, Дан Андершон и Ялмар Гулберг.
Но има еди
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Mariam
Feb 07, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I can not comprehend how Is it possible not to get lost and how to find truth?
As you mentioned "truth is when outer and inner truth are getting closer to each other and when they cross each other you find the truth tou find yourself."
Is it possible? We still are searching for truth but when we reach our gates, find out that in front of this beautiful and grotesque gate we are standing alone.
Where are they?
They are standing in front of their gates of truth. it is an unfinished short stor
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J.M. Hushour
I was surprised at how little I liked these works. A prize-winning poet, with a nice, modernist pedigree to boot, and a Swede to boot! What wouldn't there be to love? Quite a bit, sadly. I came to Transtromer by random, having found a few nice poems online that were impressive and engaging. Writ large, though, I don't find his corpus as likeable. A lot of his imagery is banal and punctuated. The entire volume felt like something incredible was trying to struggle, punch its way to the surface, bu ...more
Alexis
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Really loved Transtromer's work. He's a Swedish poet whose work has been translated into over 50 languages. He's won the Nobel prize. His work is amazing- he's a plain language poet, who writes both about nature and the urban cityscape. His images were dark and haunting, but easy to understand.

Really loved this. I'm glad that I decided to explore Swedish writers as part of my research for my upcoming trip.
Nick
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poems should be experienced, not talked about. But I will say that these austere, quiet poems from the Nobel Prize winner bring a vision of a lonely soul communing with nature and trying to understand the vagaries of his fellow human beings. A haiku from the "Sad Gondola" series seems to sum up his world view:

Oak trees and the moon.
Light. Silent constellations.
And the cold ocean.
Carrie
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Tranströmer has managed to capture all of my most private, profound thoughts, wrap them up in loving words, and send them back to me. The Blue House in particular has great significance for me: "It’s always so early in here, before the crossroads, before the irrevocable choices. Thank you for this life! Still I miss the alternatives. The sketches, all of them, want to become real."
S.
Dec 04, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to S. by: Michi G.
Shelves: poetry, read-in-2008
I haven't actually "read" the whole book, but finished most of it and found it rather slow going. Although I appreciate Tranströmer, I find it often hard to connect. I'm sure the failure is all mine...
Ricardo
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Amazing collection. A brilliant poet. Luminous and powerful, attentive to those moments when the world unravels itself for us...
metaphor
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out on doorstep. Morning is beating, beats on
ocean’s granite gateways and sun is sparkling
near the world. Half-smothered, the gods of summer
fumble in sea mist.
Tatyana
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"In the middle of life it happens that death comes
to take man’s measurements. The visit
is forgotten and life goes on. But the suit
is sewn on the quiet."
- from “Black Postcards”

"And the emptiness turns its face to us
and whispers,
“I am not empty, I am open.”"
- from “Vermeer”

"Sometimes my life opened its eyes in the dark.
A feeling as if crowds drew through the streets
in blindness and anxiety on the way toward a miracle, ...more
Peter B
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I have no doubt that I’ve lost a lot of the formal significance in translation but the fresh arrangement of ideas and references is very pleasing, pure at their best. Is the “unusual” lack of punctuation an
innovative in Swedish or the norm? The title is Collected not Selected - can this really be all the man published? The anthologies seem very short...or is this the Swedish tradition?

However, for all my fussing, the collection pleased me greatly. A book to go back to.
Imen Benyoub
3,75 stars..

Memories look at me

A June morning, too soon to wake
Too late to fall asleep again.

I must go out_the greenery is dense
With memories, they follow me with their gaze.

They can't be seen, they merge into
The background, true chameleons.

They are so close that I can hear them breathe
though the birdsong is deafening.
Valerie
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel-laureates
I liked the first 1/3 best. Although none of these poems were *bad* the middle ones did not shine much. I feel like the was starting to come back around towards the end, though. Maybe all poets should take a sabbatical between the ages of 30 and 50.
Hasan Makhzoum
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To me, reading Tranströmer's poetry is like taking a long solo ride in my car, on a rainy cold winter day, while listening to Jazz music (say, the sensual voices of Karen Souza and Diana Kroll).. In Transtromer's verses, accessible images cope with vague subconscious impressions, like rain drops and steam spots on the window's glass blurring the view of a road, of mountains and trees in the countryside, of buildings and crowds in the city.. the poet's' self interchangeably bathed in the light an ...more
Scott Cox
Perhaps it is not fair to compare poets and poetry - - especially poetry that has been translated into English from another language. However I cannot help but compare the poetry of Tomas Tranströmer with that of the recently deceased Wislawa Szymborska. Similarities? Yes. Differences? Many. This is one of the few collections I've read where I wish I had read the book's epilogue first, which in this translation contains the author's memoirs. I would have learned about Tranströmer's love for natu ...more
James F
Tomas Transtr��mer is surely the least prolific Nobel laureate of all time; this brief (257 page) book contains translations of all his published poetry collections, as well as a memoir of his childhood and high school years.

have to admit that I have several disadvantages in reading this: firstly, my familiarity with poetry ends about the time modern poetry begins, at the time of Mallarme; secondly, I do not know Swedish, and poetry inevitably loses much of its impact when the ideas
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Pete
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
A great collection through which to see Transtromer's mastery evolve while core humane interests remain, expanding outward as they do to greater issues of ethics and responsibility, of what separates or stands in the way. Always present is the question of one person's place in the whole, whether the scene, the surroundings or the society, which becomes, in subject at least, more personal as his output grows and years pass. A few are quite oblique and perhaps lost in translation, but many of thes ...more
Angel
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I picked this up mostly because it was convenient (my local public library had it) and because it is the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature. So, given I had not really heard of this author before, I was curious. I gave it a low rating because, for me, the book was just ok. I think other people may have a higher opinion, and that is ok. This book has some positives and some negatives. On the positive, when the author is good, he is good. There are some very rich images, very evocative of dreams and i ...more
David Murphy
I'm not much of a poetry buff (and the poetry I do like emphasizes meter and rhyme), but a Swedish friend gave this slim volume to me as a Christmas present and so I dutifully plowed through it. I suppose I'm glad I did. I read it back to front (in reverse chronological order), as the foreword recommended, and I'm glad I did since his later work appealed to me more.

I think Transtromer's strength is in creating these vivid images that reach up and grab you, even through translation. I would be r
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Patti K
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This collection features poems from his earliest work in 1954 to work in 2004. It also
includes a brief prose memoir written in 1993. There are many good and great poems
to be read here. Transtromer looks at the void and the shifting sense of self trying
to understand its place in the world. Some of them are deep image poems. Some are
dreamlike, others simple and forthright. Always there is a certain solemn tone that
surrounds his words. I very much enjoyed this work. There a
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Gini
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ginib
I'd recommend reading the forward and his memories at the end of this collection before the rest. Helps to place him in geography , history, and his general reactions to specific points in his life. Overall this collection reveals a very personal sort of poet. By that I mean he seems to write from his own recollections and impressions just to express the experience in words. He doesn't seem to attempt any commentary about politics or such like.
All the technical stuff related to poetry like mete
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Getty Hesse
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These poems are enigmatic. They are beautiful. At times they almost feel as if they come from someone who, impossibly, can love everything within the world, who sees its beauty and looks upon even the horrible with a sad, wistful longing for what is lost. They read like the thoughts of a god without judgement.

I think I'll have to return to these poems in order to make more sense of them.
Mia Tryst
Sigh. I am having major difficulties liking this book. Maybe the translations are bad. The writing did not engage me. Maybe after a pot of coffee, some donuts (for their sugar content) and a few more years, I'll be wedded to Tranströmer's poetry. It's not happening now. It's like waiting for the light to come on and I'm just really stumbling around in the dark trying to get my bearings.
Tyler Malone
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The shorter poems are much more engaging than the longer poems. Mr. Tranströmer does well with sparse lines, but the longer they are, I can see than a few more edits would have unpacked what he wanted to say, or make the reader feel, in the longer poems. But this is the collection for fans of contemporary poetry to begin with, in my opinion.
Beka Sukhitashvili
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: swedish
არ მოველოდი ესეთი კარგი თუ იქნებოდა. ნუ, ზოგადად, პოეზიას სულ ასეთი "არ მოველოდებით" ვიწყებ ხოლმე. რამდენიმე ისეთი კარგი იყო.
განსაკუთრებით მომეწონა ის ფაქტი, როგორ ჩვეულებრივად ყვება მისი სახლის და სამსახურიდან სახლისკენ ან პირიქით გატარებულ/განცდილ ამბებსა და დროს. ხო, ერთი შეხედვით რუტინული ყოფიერება პოეტი ადამიანის კალამში სრულად განჯადოვდება. ასე ცხოვრება მხოლოდ პოეტებს ძალუძთ.
Roger DeBlanck
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Transtromer’s vision employs beautiful imagery and remarkable metaphors to capture his native Sweden. He is a poet enamored with both the natural world and the imaginary one, as it appears in our consciousness and beyond. His verse can be subtle and elusive, but nearly every poem boasts a line or phrase that gives you pause. For example, in “Allegro” he praises the importance of Hayden by telling us, “The music says freedom exists.” And in “The Half-Finished Heaven” he delivers lines that beg to ...more
Antonio Delgado
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tranströmer’s poems perceive with a particular awareness beyond the common conscious mind. They perceive as if in a constant epiphany from the most trivial moments and objects to the most horrific and sordid moments of war.
Kecia
How do you translate poetry? Poetry relies so heavily on the sounds of words and subtle meanings.

It's hard to get a sense of Transtromer. I think it's only because he gets lost in translation. Everyone once in awhile I would read a line and think...ah! there it is!...only to be let down two lines on. But those few glimmers of Transtromer, they were brilliant!
Sarah
Dec 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember loving Transtromer a few years back, but this book wasn't as riveting as I remembered. Still good, though. I love his images. I am more a fan of his shorter poems than his longer poems. The memoir in the back was kind of dry and unnecessary. I can't wait to go through all the poems again!
Megan Rich
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tranströmer is one of my favorite poets to teach, especially when I was living in Sweden. His poems are truly dazzling, though they are somehow minimalistic. Highly recommended!
Christy
"A place called Jacob's Marsh
Is the summer day's cellar
where the light sours to a drink
tasting of old age and slums

The feeble giants stand entangled
closely -- so nothing can fall
the cracked birch molders there
in an upright position like a dogma.

From the bottom of the wood I rise
It grows light between the trunks.
It is raining over my roofs.
I am a waterspout for impressions.

At the edge of the wood the air is warm.
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Patrick Mcgee
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is only word that I can think of that adequately describes the awesomeness that is Transtromer. WHOA!! Highly recommended. Note that this is the best translation of his work that I have read. Robin Fulton does an excellent job with these translations.
William
I liked the earlier poems more that were simpler and said simpler things. I think I'd have to ruminate on the later stuff. I always like my poetry in smaller digestible doses. Such as haiku. I thought the memoir at the end would be dull, but it wasn't that half bad. Read much like the poetry. Shouldn't have been much a surprise, but that was. I sped through this and may have to give it another chance someday. Poetry takes time, and probably isn't meant to be read in an authorial works collection ...more
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His poetry, building on Modernism, Expressionism, and Surrealism, contains powerful imagery concerned with issues of fragmentation and isolation. “He has perfected a particular kind of epiphanic lyric, often in quatrains, in which nature is the active, energizing subject, and the self (if the self is present at all) is the object,” notes critic Katie Peterson in the Boston Review.

Critic and poet
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“I wrote so meagerly to you. But what I couldn't write
swelled and swelled like an old-fashioned airship
and drifted away at last through the night sky.”
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“Every abstract picture of the world is as impossible as a blueprint of a storm,” 10 likes
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