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29 January, 2012

Evening dedicated to 2011 Nobel Laureate for Literature, Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer
Hosted by the Faculty of Humanities with Sweden's Ambassador to Israel

Swedish Poet, Nobel Laureate Tomas Tranströmer
Swedish Poet, Nobel Laureate Tomas Tranströmer

On Tuesday, January 31 the Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will hold an evening in honor of the 2011 Nobel Laureate for Literature, Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer.

A writer, poet and translator whose poetry has been translated into over 60 languages, Tranströmer is considered one of the most important Scandinavian writers since the Second World War.

The evening will take place under the auspices of Sweden's Ambassador to Israel Ms. Elinor Hammarskjöld, and with the participation of the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Professor Reuven Amitai, Head of the Department of Hebrew Literature, Dr. Ariel Hirschfeld. Chair of the Department for General and Comparative Literature, Professor Ilana Pardes, will serve as Chair of the event.

During the evening, to be held in the Rabin Building on the Mount Scopus campus, Professor Ariel Hirschfeld will present the unique metaphoric language of Tranströmer's poems, and Prof. Galit Hassan-Rokem will discuss her translations of Tranströmer's poems and read his poems in Swedish and Hebrew.

Hassan-Rokem is the Max and Margarethe Grunwald Professor of Folklore at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she teaches at the Department of Hebrew Literature and the Folklore Research center. A poet and translator who spent her childhood in Finland speaking Swedish, Hassan-Rokem met Tranströmer in the early 2000s and began translating his poems with the active encouragement of the poet and translator Rafi Weichert, who predicted Tranströmer would win the Nobel Prize.

Born in Stockholm in 1931, Tranströmer studied psychology and poetry at the University of Stockholm, published his first volume of poems in 1954 and has since published another 12 collections of poetry and a book of autobiographical essays. He is a respected psychologist and has worked at a juvenile prison and with the disabled, convicts, and drug addicts. He lives with his wife Monica in Vasteras, west of Stockholm.

''I am the place / where creation is working itself out''
— Tomas Tranströmer, The Outpost


 

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