Yes, the prize has gone to a well deserving poet, Sweden’s own Tomas Tranströmer. The citation is:
“because, through his condensed, transluscent images, he gives us fresh access to reality”
The only Nobel Literature citation that I understand! Read the full announcement here. He was on my list but, frankly, I thought the Committee would overlook him. Again. This year’s “race” was quite exciting with so much at stake and a number of regions that have not been awarded for decades now.
It’s going to be even more exciting in the years to come, say 5-10 years. There are lots of excellent middle-career novelists and poets across the world now. Generally, more translations are getting published so we (in the English-speaking world) are hearing about amazing writers from Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. All’s good. More reading ahead :).