- - Thursday, October 6, 2011


Swedish poet wins Nobel in literature

STOCKHOLM | The 2011 Nobel Prize in literature was awarded on Thursday to Tomas Transtromer of Sweden, whose surrealistic works about the mysteries of the human mind won him wide recognition as the most influential Scandinavian poet of recent decades.

Characterized by powerful imagery, Mr. Transtromer’s poems are often built around his own experiences and infused with his love of music and nature. His later poems are darker, probing existential questions of life, death and disease.

Mr. Transtomer is considered a master of metaphor, weaving powerful images into his poems without much embellishment. The award citation noted that his collections “are characterized by economy.”

A psychologist and avid amateur pianist, Mr. Transtromer, 80, suffered a stroke in 1990 that left him half-paralyzed and largely unable to speak. But he continued to write, publishing “The Sorrow Gondola” in 1996 and the “The Great Enigma.” He has since retired from writing.

Mr. Transtromer has been a perennial favorite for the Nobel and in recent years Swedish journalists have waited outside his apartment in Stockholm on the day the $1.5 million award is announced.


Bomber who killed 100 opposed education

MOGADISHU | The Somali suicide bomber who killed more than 100 people in an attack near the Education Ministry was a school dropout who had declared that young people should forget about secular education and instead wage jihad.

Bashar Abdullahi Nur, who detonated a massive blast Tuesday that covered the capital in dust more than a half-mile away, had given an interview before the attack that was later aired on a militant-run radio station.

“Now those who live abroad are taken to a college and never think about the hereafter. They never think about the harassed Muslims,” he said. “He wakes up in the morning, goes to college and studies and accepts what the infidels tell him, while infidels are massacring Muslims.”

The United Nations said Thursday that more than 100 people had died in the explosion in Mogadishu. Dozens were wounded, including Somalia’s deputy health minister.

Tuesday’s attack killed some of Somalia’s brightest young minds, including students gathered around a notice board to learn about the results of scholarships from the Turkish government.


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