Robin Fulton

Robin Fulton

Robin Fulton was born in Arran in 1937. He attained an MA in 1959 and PhD in 1972 from Edinburgh University. Fulton, Scottish poet, editor and translator, has lived in Norway since 1973. He is a notable translator of Scandinavian poetry whose versions of Swedish poets, including Tomas Tranströmer, received the Artur Lundkvist Award in 1977 and Swedish Academy Awards in 1978 and 1998.

Memories Look at Me

Nonfiction by Tomas Tranströmer

Translated from the Swedish by Robin Fulton

Published 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.…
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The Great Enigma

Poetry by Tomas Tranströmer

Translated from the Swedish by Robin Fulton

Translated into fifty languages, the poetry of Tomas Tranströmer has had a profound influence around the world, an influence that has steadily grown and has now attained a prominence comparable to that of Pablo Neruda’s during his lifetime. But if Neruda is blazing fire, Tranströmer is expanding ice. The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems gathers all the poems Tomas Tranströmer has published, from his distinctive first collection in 1954, 17 Poems, through his epic poem Baltics (“my most consistent attempt to write music”), and The Sad Gondola, published six years after he suffered a debilitating stroke in 1990 (“I am carried in my shadow / like a violin / in its black case.…
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