The great Swedish writer Harry Martinson published his masterpiece, Aniara, during the height of the Cold War – right after the Soviet Union. Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem [Harry Martinson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is the paperback edition translated from the. When Swedish poet and writer Harry Martinson was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in “for writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos”.

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As the narrator admits to himself: Taken canto by canto, it often impresses, but it doesn’t quite have the narrative flow of conventional novels; certainly readers can’t approach it with the usual expectations they might have for fiction. Martnson spaceship hurtles towards a distant constellation, going faster than anything in human history but essentially standing still from a relative point of view.

Although it wasn’t exactly the kind of science fiction I was used to reading, it was interesting enough, with its theme and its inventive, playful language.

The space “ferry” Aniara, carrying refugees from a war-torn, ecologically destroyed far-future Earth to Mars, suffers from disaster, and ends drifting towards the constellation of Lyra.

A malfunction knocks the craft off course, taking these would-be Mars colonists martinsn an irreversible journey into deep space. We listen daily to the sonic coins provided every one of us and played through the Finger-singer worn on the left hand. His lyric poetry is love d by the Swedish people.

In English

If you do need it, a space can be included in preformatted text with ampersand-n-b-s-p-semicolon. Conditions and situations shift — both suddenly and over extended periods of time.

The whole story is told mainly by the voice of a narrator to the bitter end. A female clerk says: Some parts are excellent, but at other times the text feels confusing and contrived.

A science fiction epic, consisting of cantos broken into four sections and utilising a variety of rhyming schemes, it is a grand, fatalistic vision of the future of mankind, recounting the story of Aniara, an ark carrying some passengers to Mars from a dying Earth.


As a member of the Swedish Academy he had awarded himself with the Literature Prize, and for this he was violently critizised by both the newspapers and fellow authors. Jun 13, Todor rated it really liked it Shelves: The hall of mirrors which for four years running prolonged our illusion lay smashed and shattered and fragments in the hundred thousands covered in heaping drifts the floor that we had danced on. Aniara was turned into an opera in Nov 25, Greg Fanoe rated it it was amazing Shelves: It sounds like a potentially cheap sci-fi movie, it is actually a pretty fucking great sci-fi story except told in verse.

With the loss of mima the mirror-world she created is lost as well, and thus the passengers turn to religion, whether the old ones of Earth, or factions worshipping the lost mima, or sex cults. Her steering gets knocked out, her SOSs A spaceship hurtles towards a distant constellation, going faster than anything in human history but essentially standing still from a relative point of view. A central role is played by the ship’s computer, the Mima, which is not just intellectually superior to any human – it also harbors deep emotions and dies from grief when it witnesses the Earth’s destruction.

How terror blasts inward, how horror blasts outward. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: They remind me that, from the start, the “science” in science-fiction refers not so barry to spaceships and hovercrafts as it does social science. Great talent can be found even in a small population. Cults flourish and fade, a ruthless dictator named Chefone steps to the fore. Of all the Nobel Prizes in Literature, the one awarded to Martinson and Johnson in is probably the most disputed.

Review: Aniara by Harry Martinson

Jan 16, Matilda added it. Even though it is hard to understand and paradoxal and slightly odd at times, I really got a feeling for it. I will probably give it another shot in a year or so, however, as I got the feeling it will improve on a second reading.


Books and Writers kirjasto. Notify me of new comments via email. To view it, click here. It’s always a mighty experience. It’s a real shame that this should be his legacy, because it overshadows a rags-to-riches talent that in its best moments bordered on rare genius. This volume is the first complete English language version and received the prestigious American Scandinavian Foundation Award.

International Planetarium Society, Inc. Sep 10, Jesse rated it it was amazing. In a narrative that is often not straightforward either, the story zooming tightly in and then far, far out — Aniara is not an easy read, and unlike most traditional science-fiction fare.

In English – Harry Martinson-sällskapet

It was inspired by the events of WW II and by news of the hydrogen bomb in When Swedish poet and writer Harry Martinson was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in “for writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos”the decision was controversial, to say the least.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. His ability to portray life in miniature at eye level with the tufts of grass is unique in Swedish poetry. Martinson, who was a very sensitive person, was deeply offended at insinuations that he had been awarded the prize for reasons other than merit.

I don’t know where to start with this review, so I’ll just leave that quote up there and say my goal is to learn Swedish so I can get a copy in the original language and read it again. In anguish sent by us in Aniara our call-sigh faded till it failed: It’s lost absolutely none of its power. Kommentera Avbryt svar E-postadressen publiceras inte.

Nothing new under the sun regarding the Swedish Academy, eh.

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