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Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem [Harry Martinson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is the paperback edition translated from the. The great Swedish writer Harry Martinson published his masterpiece, Aniara, during the height of the Cold War – right after the Soviet Union. 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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Hzrry book is 50 years old this year. It has been translated into seven languages and adapted into a popular avant-garde opera. Eventually the ship breaks down too severely to be repaired and death comes for all who remain. Any Nobel prize to a Swedish recipient is of course automatically suspect. The ship is destined to travel for another 15, years before reaching the vicinity of another star.

English online version here the songs start on p The Swedish Harrry strives to strike a hafry that reflects the quantity and quality of literary achievements in different regions of the world, and within each region. On a Space Epic and its Author”. Pero este poema opta por la oscuridad. The whole story is told mainly by the voice of a narrator to the bitter end.

Por ejemplo, la serie Ascension y la novela Aurora, de Kim Stanley Robinson, van de lo mismo, pero con enfoques muy diferentes.

Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem

I found the first third or so, as well as the finale, to be the most powerful, while the middle part failed to hold my interest in the same way. It’s an odd, thoroughly unique classic though sadly, it is currently out of print and very expensive. I ranged the universe, but passed it by – for captive on Aniara here was I. What really matters seems to be the level of cultural activity in a country rather than gross numbers. Furthermore, he created two works that fairly rapidly liberated themselves from their author, indeed from between the covers of the books in which he had written them.


How terror blasts inward, how horror blasts outward. At age sixteen he became a sailor, roaming the seas for the next seven years. 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. Theodore Sturgeonreviewing a American edition for a genre audience, declared that “Martinson’s achievement here is an inexpressible, immeasurable sadness.

There are enormous insights and playfulness and poetry. More than anything else, though, ‘Aniara’, in posing big eternal questions about God, human nature, and our place in the scheme of thingscaptures the immensity of the universe and the brevity and inconsequentiality of our own existence.

The Aniara flies onwards, into harrg great unknown.

How martijson a small group of part-time readers ever hope to cover all of world literature? It is, overall, a very grim work — a huge tragedy, set against the backdrop of an enormous one. However angry he may have been about the way in which technology was raping nature, he retained his conviction that nature, the source of life, would nevertheless win the duel in the end.

Overwhelmed by the perpetual enigmas of star-strewn galaxies without an end.

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His ability to portray life in miniature at eye level with the tufts of grass is unique in Swedish poetry. Built by human hands, it quickly evolves to possess thousands of times the intellect of its maker and achieves godlike status. The co-win in of Harry Martinson and Eyvind Johnson was considered controversial at the time, because both were members of the selection committee and both were pretty much unknown writers.


Orthofer13 October My reactions to it were uneven. Politics aside, having read quite a lot by both Johnson and Martinson, and at least two or three works by all other laureates worldwide as well, I belong to the party claiming they deserved the honour DESPITE being in the academy.

The Swedish progressive metal band Seventh Wonder ‘s album The Great Escape contains a minute track of the same name which is based on the Aniara saga. The song “On aika soittaa sinfonia” “It’s time to play a symphony” on the Finnish rock musician Tuomari Nurmio ‘s critically acclaimed album Punainen Planeetta “The Red Planet” is inspired by the poem.

May 15, Winterdragon rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is very familiar to every educated Swede, and to non-Swedes it is out of reach due to the language barrier. Martinson, who was a very sensitive person, was deeply offended at insinuations that he had been awarded the prize for reasons other than merit.

But a meteor shower drives the ship off course and sets them on a helpless drift towards the furthest reaches of the solar system.

How grim it always is, one’s detonation. The world is still developing in a direction where power to destroy is given to people with no sense of love and responsibility for the beautiful nature of our shared planet and our common cultural heritage.

Of all Nobels on my shelves, Harry Martinson’s Aniara is the one I have reflected on the most, unable to put it into comprehensible context, and to give it an honest and fair evaluation.

As aniaraa narrator admits to himself: