On the merit of what the Swedish Academy describes as "his condensed, translucent images, [which] gives us fresh access to reality," Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer has been awarded this year's Nobel Prize for Literature. The announcement was made Thursday.
Transtromer, 80, is the seventh Swedish writer to win the prestigious Prize, which will be awarded on Dec. 10. It is worth approximately US$1.5 million.
The writer, whose work has been published in 60 languages, worked for a period as a counselor to incarcerated Swedish juveniles. He published his first book at age 23, and although he continues to write, he cannot speak because of a stroke in 1990.
Born in Stockholm, he is considered one of Scandinavia's most important poets.