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Watch Tomas Transtromer Receive the Nobel Prize for Literature

Tomorrow you can watch Tomas Transtromer receive the Nobel Prize live through live stream video. You can watch the Stockholm ceremony in the video player embedded above at 5:30 p.m. CET (or 11:30 a.m. EST) on November 7th.

Transtromer has lost the power to speak, and reports say the great poet will play the piano at ceremony instead of a speech. Today New Directions published his memoir, Memories Look at Me

Check it out: “Written a few years after Transtromer suffered a stroke that left him unable to speak, Memories Look at Me is Tomas Tranströmer’s lyrical autobiography about growing up in Sweden. His story opens with a streak of light, a comet that becomes abrilliant 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 Tranströmer discovered poetry.”

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Tomas Transtromer Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer has won the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature. The committee gave a short explanation: “”because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality.”

His poem, “After a Death,” is appropriate today, as the world remembers the life of Steve Jobs. It opens: “Once there was a shock / that left behind a long, shimmering comet tail.

Follow these links to the Poetry Foundation and Poets.org to read his work online. A number UK gambling site had given Transtromer (pictured, via) 10/1 odds of winning the prize. The Complete Review has great coverage of the award.

Thomas Pynchon Has 10/1 Odds of Winning Nobel Prize

award.jpgAs the 2011 Nobel Prize announcement nears, the U.K. betting site Ladbrokes has posted odds for the prize–putting Thomas Pynchon at 10/1 odds to win the prize for literature.

According to Ladbrokes, the Syrian poet Adonis has the best odds (4/1) to win the award. Swedish author Tomas Transtromer has 9/2 odds and Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami trails at 16/1.

Here is a brief excerpt from “The Edge of the World” by Adonis: “I release the earth and I imprison the skies. I fall down in order to stay faithful to the light, in order to make the world ambiguous, fascinating, changeable, dangerous, in order to announce the steps beyond.” (Via Guardian Books)

Orhan Pamuk Seeks to Build Museum

Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk (pictured) seeks to build his fictional  Museum Of Innocence as an actual museum. The museum will be located in Pamuk’s hometown Istanbul, Turkey, and he hopes to open before the end of 2010.

Turk Net Haber reports: “Pamuk has been carrying out the preliminary activities for the establishment of the museum in Istanbul’s Cukurcuma district for a long time. The museum is expected to make a poetic and documentary representation of the culture of Istanbul from 1950s until the present day, through various objects used in daily life, photographs, paintings and movies.”

In 2008, Pamuk published The Museum Of Innocence in Turkey. Maureen Freely handled the English translation and that came out in 2009 from Random House’s Alfred A. Knopf imprint. Freely has worked alongside Pamuk as the translator for five of his novels including The Black Book, Snow, Other Colors, Istanbul, and The Museum Of Innocence.

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