Tomas Tranströmer, called "Sweden's most famous poet," has won the 104th Nobel Prize for Literature. Tranströmer, born in Stockholm in 1931, has been translated into over 50 languages. A number of his books have been released in the U.S. and reviewed by PW: The Sorrow Gondola, The Half-Finished Heaven: The Best Poems of Tomas Tranströmer, and The Great Enigma: New and Collected Poems, which received a starred review.
The Great Enigma, published by New Directions in 2006 contains all of his poetry. Jeffrey Yang, Tranströmer's editor at New Directions, told to PW that they have just gone back to print with the book. "He came here a few years ago and we were able to meet him. He did a few readings," Yang said.
The offices at New Directions were buzzing following the annoucement. Said Yang: "It's amazing. He's been mentioned so many years. We were all so happy that he won it."
Half-Finished Heaven is published by Graywolf, and Thursday morming the Minneapolis press was making plans to go back to press with 10,000 copies, then working on a second print run, and considering adding an announcement to the cover. The Sorrow Gondola is published by Green Integer and will have a 5,000 copy reprint.