Memories Look at Me: A Memoir

By Tomas Tranströmer

Written many years after Transtromer suffered a stroke that left him not able to talk, Memories examine Me is Tomas Tranströmer’s lyrical autobiography approximately turning out to be up in Sweden. His tale opens with a streak of sunshine, a comet that turns into an excellent metaphor for “my life” as he attempts to penetrate the earliest, formative stories of his previous. This early life existence unfolds itself slowly in 8 glistening chapters that delicately demonstrate the main mystery of treasures: how Tranströmer came across poetry.

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EXORCISM throughout the wintry weather while i used to be fifteen i used to be by way of a serious type of anxiousness. i used to be trapped through a searchlight that radiated no longer gentle yet darkness. i used to be stuck every one afternoon as twilight fell and never published from its negative grip till the next day to come dawned. I slept little or no; I sat up in mattress, often with a thick booklet sooner than me. I learn a number of thick books in this time yet I can’t say i actually learn them, for they left no hint in my reminiscence. The books have been a pretext for leaving the sunshine on.

I used to be rarely overdue, for every little thing among the hours of 8 and 9 within the morning was once well-timed. The spring was determined and demanding because the college day started. the tip of the day in class used to be, after all, extra cozy, much less regulated. occasionally I went domestic with Palle. He was once my closest buddy in the course of my first yr at Södra Latin. We had quite a bit in universal: his father, a sailor, was once absent for lengthy classes, and he used to be the one baby of a good-natured mom who appeared happy to determine me. Palle had built the various features of a unmarried baby, as I had, and he lived for his pursuits.

I accumulated bugs, particularly beetles, from the age of 11 till I grew to become fifteen. Then different competing pursuits, often creative, compelled their attentions on me. How depression it felt that entomology needs to cave in! I confident myself that this was once just a transitority adjustment. In fifty years or so i might resume my gathering. My gathering might commence within the spring after which flourished after all in the summertime, out at the island of Runmarö. within the summerhouse, the place we had little enough room to maneuver round, I saved jam jars with lifeless bugs and a show board for butterflies.

I needed to get used to the routine outbursts of aggression. leave out R. had laid an outstanding starting place — she have been strict and heavy-handed. but probably not theatrical. At domestic there has been not anything like this for me to benefit — no scenes, no rows, no bellowing father determine. mom used to be spontaneous yet undramatic. Giving vent to anger used to be infantile. I had frequently been livid as a toddler yet now i used to be a pretty balanced child. My beliefs have been English — a stiff higher lip etc. Outbursts of rage belonged to the Axis Powers.

The sunshine burned and attempted to carry again the bad faces yet occasionally i'd go to sleep, my eyelids could shut, and the poor faces could abruptly shut in on me. all of it occurred in silence, but in the silence voices have been forever busy. The wallpaper trend made faces. every now and then the silence will be damaged via a ticking within the partitions. Produced by way of what? through whom? by means of me? The partitions crackled simply because my unwell concepts sought after them to. rather a lot the more severe . . . was once I insane? nearly. i used to be terrified of drifting into insanity yet generally i didn't believe threatened through any form of sickness — it used to be scarcely a case of hypochondria — however it used to be really the entire strength of ailment that aroused terror.

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