As you probably know by now, the winner is Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer.
I don't follow contemporary poetry, so I would be the last one to say he doesn't deserve it. Apparently the basis for the award is literary merit, as I've seen no mention of his being politically active.
Even the British news reports emphasize that he is the 8th European to win the award in the last 10 years, so the debate over the Academy's perceived biases will no doubt continue.
It's interesting that the American news websites all drop the umlaut from the "o" and spell his name "Transtromer." British web sites either keep the umlaut or convert it to "oe." Linguistic insularity or laziness?
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