By Tomas Tranströmer, Robert BlyThe illuminating letters of the nationwide ebook Award successful poet Robert Bly and the Nobel Prize profitable poet Tomas Tranströmer
One day in spring 1964, the younger American poet Robert Bly left his rural farmhouse and drove one hundred fifty miles to the collage of Minnesota library in Minneapolis to procure the newest e-book by way of the younger Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer. whilst Bly back domestic that night with a duplicate of Tranströmer's The Half-Finished Heaven, he came upon a letter anticipating him from its author.
With this striking accident as its starting, what used to be a colourful correspondence among poets who may turn into crucial members to worldwide literature. Airmail collects greater than 290 letters, written from 1964 till 1990, whilst Tranströmer suffered a stroke that has left him partly paralyzed and reduced his capability to write.
Across their correspondence, the 2 poets are profoundly engaged with one another and with the bigger international: the Vietnam battle, 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 quick changed into a friendship that has lasted fifty years.
Insightful, extraordinary, and infrequently humorous, Airmail offers a unprecedented portrait of 2 artists who've turn into vital to every other's specific genius. This book marks the 1st time letters through Bly and Tranströmer were made to be had within the usa.