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Please post here anything you want to say about the 2011 Laureate


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Cl. | 43 comments I would like to suggest we discuss Transtromer as one of our next group reads. It may actually be an interesting situation to have some of the members able to read this author in his orginal language, while many of the rest of us are reading him in translation.

I've checked, and my local library doesn't have him, so I will have to order in; consequently, this will take time. Would it be possible for us to concentrate on one author for a period of time--as opposed to just one book--and read about that person, their life and works? Perhaps have several discussion threads running under the heading of one author?


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Bjorn | 29 comments Tranströmer passed away yesterday, 83 years old.

Allegro (Tomas Tranströmer - transl. Robin Fulton)

I play Haydn after a black day
and feel a simple warmth in my hands.

The keys are willing. Soft hammers strike.
The resonance green, lively, and calm.

The music says freedom exists
and someone doesn't pay the emperor tax.

I push down my hands in my Haydnpockets
and imitate a person looking on the world calmly.

I hoist the Haydnflag––it signifies:
"We don't give in. But want peace."

The music is a glass-house on the slope
where the stones fly, the stones roll.

And the stones roll right through
but each pane stays whole.



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