Transtromer poem on Wallander

Transtromer poem on Wallander

Wallander, BBC 2, Sunday 5 June 2016, 9pm (now available on DVD)

The last of the three episodes of the final series of the English version of Wallander featured the poem ‘The Half-Finished Heaven’ from 2011 Nobel Prize-winning Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer’s New Collected Poems, translated by Robin Fulton.  Kurt Wallander, played by Kenneth Branagh, read the poem very movingly at a funeral.

This final series is now available as a BBC DVD.

Programme information is below (no longer available to watch online).  The poem is read in full near the end of the episode (1.22).

The poem can be seen here:


Bilingual e-book with audio now available

The bilingual e-book with audio edition of New Collected Poems includes archive recordings of Tomas Tranströmer reading the Swedish texts from some of his poems.  Tomas Tranströmer died in 2015, but spent the last 15 years of his life unable to speak following a stroke in 1990.


[25 July 2016]

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