Airmail: the Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer

Airmail: the Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer

Tomas Tranströmer, Robert Bly


The illuminating letters of the nationwide ebook Award successful poet Robert Bly and the Nobel Prize profitable poet Tomas Tranströmer

One day in spring 1964, the younger American poet Robert Bly left his rural farmhouse and drove a hundred and fifty miles to the college of Minnesota library in Minneapolis to procure the most recent e-book by way of the younger Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer. while Bly lower back domestic that night with a replica of Tranströmer's The Half-Finished Heaven, he chanced on a letter awaiting him from its author.

With this awesome twist of fate as its starting, what used to be a colourful correspondence among poets who could develop into crucial participants to international literature. Airmail collects greater than 290 letters, written from 1964 until eventually 1990, while Tranströmer suffered a stroke that has left him in part paralyzed and lowered his skill to write.

Across their correspondence, the 2 poets are profoundly engaged with one another and with the bigger global: the Vietnam battle, ecu and American elections, and the struggles of affording a lifestyles as a author. Airmail additionally illuminates the paintings of translation as Bly started to render Tranströmer's poetry into English and Tranströmer started to translate Bly's poetry into Swedish. Their collaboration fast changed into a friendship that has lasted fifty years.

Insightful, impressive, and infrequently humorous, Airmail offers a unprecedented portrait of 2 artists who've develop into imperative to every other's specific genius. This book marks the 1st time letters via Bly and Tranströmer were made to be had within the usa.

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