Swedish poet wins Nobel prize in literature for lifetime work

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STOCKHOLM — Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer won Nobel literature prize on Thursday.

According to the 2011 Nobel Prize in literature citation, he was awarded “because, through his condensed, transluscent images, he gives us fresh access to reality.”

After publishing poems in a number of journals, Transtromer published “17 dikter” (17 poems) in 1954, “one of the most acclaimed literary debuts of the decade."

Compiled from Associated Press reports