John Freeman en Nobel Literature Winner Tomas Transtromer: The Beauty of Stillness Like a glass-blower by a wintry sea, Tomas Transtromer has been slowly and painstakingly making poems in his native Stockholm since the early 1950s. In his debut work, the modestly titled <em>Seventeen Poems</em>, published when Transtromer was just 23, the Swedish poet imagined Thoreau in the woods, "disappearing deep in his inner greenness/artful and hopeful."<p>A private man in his work and life, Transtromer has been following Thoreau's example for 50 years. Thu, 06 Oct 2011 14:52:00 +0000 John Freeman 13806 at Nobel Literature Winner Tomas Transtromer: The Beauty of Stillness What's A Judge To Do?: A Dissenter Protests Philip Roth's Latest Award Philip Roth has won so many literary prizes, new ones need to be invented for him. Today, he added one such newish laurel to his chest of awards: the Man Booker International Prize. (Launched in 2005, the International Prize is awarded only every other year — making Roth the fourth winner.)<p>But as is often the case with British-based prizes, the gossip one normally hears at awards dinners in America is already in the newspaper there. Carmen Callil, a judge of the prize and also a notable publisher and historian, withdrew from the panel in protest. Wed, 18 May 2011 21:21:00 +0000 John Freeman 4155 at