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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It’s a beautiful, though bleak, book filled with great lines and fine observations. Only ajiara years earlier he had received the Nobel Prize for literature. Men oooo som jag gillade denna!

He really was no optimist, Harry Martinson. Views Read Edit View history. For other uses, see Aniara disambiguation. InMartinson published a collection of poetry: If the idea of an science fiction poem that confronts atomic age era fears appeals to you, this is about as good as it can be.

Review: Aniara by Harry Martinson

Last edited or checked June 6, View all 4 comments. He has been called “the great reformer of 20th century Swedish poetry, the most original of the writers called ‘proletarian’. It’s always a mighty experience.

As a result, he fell into a depression. But Aniara is something very special, and very beautiful. People are evacuated to Venus and Mars.

His father died when he was six, and his mother deserted him the following year. Best of all, these virtues exist to actually explore ideas worth exploring and to say something worth saying, which you would expect to be commonplace in science fiction but which, sadly, is not.

Notify me of new posts via email. 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. American Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize. Preview — Aniara by Harry Martinson. This was not too difficult when it came to the Swedish classics from the 19th and early 20th centuries, but contemporary Swedish writers did not excite me.


It has shaped my relation to Swedish literature more than anything else. As the narrator admits to himself: That the Mima had invented half herself.

What really matters seems to be the level of cultural activity in a country rather than gross numbers. Dec 26, John rated it liked it.

Aniara – Harry Martinson

Hard to explain but I definitely recommend it. This site uses cookies. 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.

Hats off to the translators – I can imagine the amount of research and foreign language skills needed to achieve a decent version of this for international readers. The song hharry 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.

I am martlnson Mima. Most beautiful among beautiful glimpses is seen the glimmer of Karelia, as a waterglint among the trees, as a lightened summer water, in the June-light time when an evening hardly has time to get dark before the wooden-flute-clear cuckoo shouts to sweet Aino.

There’s a lot here: These days, Harry Martinson tends to be summarily dismissed mainly by those who haven’t read him as one of the martinaon Nobel laureates, a man who, alongside his compatriot, and fellow Academy member, Eyvind Johnson, scooped the prize inpurely out of cronyism jarry supposedly ahead of Nabokov, Graham Green and Saul Bellow. That a story follows its own path in this way is a privilege granted only to truly great authors.

The Andromeda Galaxy was one of the sources that inspired the poem.

Swedish musician Kleerup released an album based on Aniara in Pero este poema opta por la oscuridad. Aniara speaks for itself. 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. An immense spaceship drifts deeper into space, away from an Earth ravaged by nuclear holocaust. Here Martinson chooses as his topic how mankind comes to terms with hopeless, pointlessness, and the inevitability of death.


Please reorganize this content to explain the subject’s impact on popular culture, using martinwon to reliable sourcesrather than simply listing appearances. They became independent tales, living lives of their own, legends in their own right, myths people are familiar with without necessarily knowing who created them or having read the books in which they were first told. In the beginning of our twenty-fourth year thought broke down and fantasy died out.

I ranged the universe, but passed it by – for captive on Aniara here was I. There also are the sorts of failure-to-convince of early science fiction — the Aniara’s disaster does not seem to harrh physical sense —, confusing construct words these would perhaps make more sense to the Swedish readerand dated social commentary. He had a difficult childhood and youth. He was at the time admitted to a hospital in Stockholm had been suffering from severe depression for quite a while.

Some details that I particularly enjoyed are the description of the superhuman computer Mima this was inremember! The rooms of Mima, according to Martinson, represent different kinds of life styles or forms of matinson. 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.

On the contrary, both the verse and the distance in time and space are of utter importance to refine the thoughts. His spiritual testament is this:

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