Memories Look at Me: A Memoir (Paperback)
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Written a few years after Transtromer suffered a stroke that left him unable to speak, Memories Look at Me is Tomas Transtromer's lyrical autobiography about growing up in Sweden. His story opens with a streak of light, a comet that becomes a brilliant metaphor for my life as he tries to penetrate the earliest, formative memories of his past. This childhood life unfolds itself slowly in eight glistening chapters that gradually reveal the most secret of treasures: how Transtromer discovered poetry.
About the Author
Tomas Transtromer (1933-2015) received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2011. His books of poetry, which have been translated into sixty languages, include "The Deleted World" and "The Half-Finished Heaven", and he received numerous international honors during his lifetime. Transtromer, a trained Swedish psychologist, worked for years in state institutions with juveniles and the disabled, and his work was often praised for the inventive ways in which it examined the mind. When he was awarded the Nobel Prize, the Swedish Academy stated that "through his condensed, translucent images, he gave us fresh access to reality."
Robin Fulton, a Scottish poet and longtime resident of Norway, has been translating Transtromer for over thirty-five years.