By Tomas Tranströmer, Robert Bly
The illuminating letters of the nationwide e-book Award successful poet Robert Bly and the Nobel Prize successful 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 collage of Minnesota library in Minneapolis to acquire the most recent publication via the younger Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer. whilst Bly lower back domestic that night with a replica of Tranströmer's The Half-Finished Heaven, he stumbled on a letter looking forward to him from its author.
With this awesome twist of fate as its starting, what was once a colourful correspondence among poets who might turn into crucial individuals to international literature. Airmail collects greater than 290 letters, written from 1964 till 1990, whilst Tranströmer suffered a stroke that has left him in part paralyzed and lowered his capability to write.
Across their correspondence, the 2 poets are profoundly engaged with one another and with the bigger global: the Vietnam warfare, eu and American elections, and the struggles of affording a existence 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 speedy changed into a friendship that has lasted fifty years.
Insightful, tremendous, and infrequently humorous, Airmail offers a unprecedented portrait of 2 artists who've develop into quintessential to every other's specific genius. This ebook marks the 1st time letters via Bly and Tranströmer were made on hand within the usa.