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Views from a Tuft of Grass
Green Integer Series No.: 127
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Author winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
Winner of the 1974 Nobel Prize for Literature (with fellow
Swedish writer Eyvind Johnson), Harry Martinson
(1904-1978) was noted for his innovative use of language
combined with his keen observations of nature. He wrote
various books of poetry, including Nomad (1931), Natur
(1934), Passad (1945), Cikada (1953), Gräsen I Thule
(1958), Vagnen (1960), and Tuvor (1973). Martinson also
wrote fiction, travel booksthe most famous of which is
the renowned Kap Farväl (Cape Farewell)and volumes of
nature essays, three of which were written in the 1930s,
long before such interest in environmental issues became
Views from a Tuft of Grass, written
later in his life, in 1963, continues his observations on
nature, but the essays of this volume reflect a maturer
and cleaner style and are less philosophically dense than
the earlier worksa book translator Lars Nordström
describes is a kind of coda that focuses not just on
nature but explores the importance of childhood folktales,
our way of viewing the world from a history of maps, and a
thoughtful meditation on the way a poet ought to write his
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