Patty Crane & Teju Cole on Tranströmer

Monday, January 25, 7:30 PM
An Evening with Tomas Tranströmer’s Bright Scythe
Featuring translator Patty Crane
In conversation with Teju Cole
Wine reception to follow


Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer is regarded as one of the most important European and Scandinavian writers since World War II, and was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature; he died in March 2015. Bright Scythe is a new bilingual collection of Tranströmer’s poetry from 1954 through 2004; these poems reveal the ordinary world as extraordinary and ineffable. Patty Crane’s English translations of the poems are remarkable not only for their plainspoken immediacy and elegant concision but for their collaborative nature: Crane went through her translations line by line with the poet and his wife to ensure that her work hewed as closely as possible to the musicality of language, imagery, and intention of the originals. Crane talks at Greenlight with award-winning Brooklyn writer, art historian and photographer Teju Cole (Open City, Every Day Is For The Thief) about Tranströmer's life and work, Crane’s relationship with the Tranströmers, and her translation process.Join us for an evening celebrating a great poet with two tremendous literary talents, followed by a wine reception.

Event date: 

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 7:30pm

Event address: 

686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Bright Scythe: Selected Poems by Tomas Tranströmer Cover Image
By Tomas Transtromer, David Wojahn (Introduction by), Patty Crane (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781941411216
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Published: Sarabande Books - November 17th, 2015