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Memories Look at Me: A Memoir by Tomas Tranströmer

Memories Look at Me: A Memoir - Tomas Transtromer, Robin Fulton
bookshelves: autobiography-memoir, nobel-laureate, spring-2015, handbag-read, paper-read, sweden, translation
Read from March 27 to April 08, 2015



Description: Written a few years after Transtromer suffered a stroke that left him unable to speak, Memories Look at Me is Tomas Tranströmer’s lyrical autobiography about growing up in Sweden. His story opens with a streak of light, a comet that becomes a brilliant metaphor for “my life” as he tries to penetrate the earliest, formative memories of his past. This childhood life unfolds itself slowly in eight glistening chapters that gradually reveal the most secret of treasures: how Tranströmer discovered poetry.

A sweet little book without any trumpet-blowing, morbid bellybutton mining, or cheap sentimentality. Measuring just 4" x 6", and harbouring sixty pages, this is a gem.