Stockholm, Oct 6: Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer has won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature, it was announced Thursday.
‘The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2011 is awarded to the Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer ‘because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality’,’ said Peter Englund, permanent secretary of Swedish Academy in Stockholm.
Last year’s literature prize went to Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, reported Xinhua.
Alfred Nobel, a Swedish industrialist who invented dynamite, established the Nobel Prizes in his will in 1895. The first awards were handed out six years later.
This year’s Nobel Prize amounts to 10 million Swedish kronor ($1.46 million).