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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Escape turns out only to have been an illusion, the vessel: It has shaped my hzrry to Swedish literature more than anything else. Current expectations of man’s self-destruction perhaps focus more on climate-change than nuclear destruction, but many of the fundamentals remain depressingly the same.

But time and again his poems, which go right to the heart of the hopefulness in our souls, come back to the powers of nature that have shaped our lives through the centuries.

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. To be fair though, my expectations may have been unreasonably high. The Aniara flies onwards, into the great unknown. View all 22 comments. To view it, click here.

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Along the way and until that time, people make do in a variety of ways. Notify me of new comments via email. There is a supercomputor for entertainment, a sex cult also for entertainmentreligious cults, and of course an evil commander.

Views Read Edit View history. As a result, he fell into a depression. Oh, how I wish I could understand the original Swedish version! Hard, but so bloody worth it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Martinson was widely acclaimed in the s and s, a “golden boy” in the new generation of authors, thanks to his novels and poetry, enriched with his gift for metaphor, which captured the Swedish infatuation with Nature.


Both were members of Svenska Akademien at the time, qniara they had to endure harsh hargy for receiving the prize from their own colleagues. After being thrown off course its 8, souls are left to live what remains of their lives in a vast spaceship hurtling into the unknown emptiness of space, with no hope of ever returning to Earth. For lack of other words we call it sunsmoke, do you see.

The mental stress is great on the humans as well: Catching the Dewdrop, Reflecting the Cosmos”. The Swedish hsrry metal band Seventh Wonder ‘s album The Great Escape contains a minute track of the same name which is based on the Aniara saga. March Learn how and when to remove this template message. View all 6 comments. Apr 21, Santiago L. Thanks for including links to English translations. He has been called “the great reformer of 20th century Swedish poetry, the most original of the writers called ‘proletarian’.

The poems tell the stories of its passengers and crew.

Review: Aniara by Harry Martinson

Refresh and try again. He was awarded a joint Nobel Prize in Literature in”for writings that catch haery dewdrop and reflect the cosmos.

It’s an odd, thoroughly unique classic though sadly, it is currently out of print and very expensive.

Taken on its own unusual terms, however, much of it is quite rewarding. Martinson even suggested the world might possibly be heading to its doom. Oct 13, Manu Castellanos anizra it really liked it.

Aniara is a cautionary hharry, holding up the mirror of regret when it is too late: I couldn’t really describe the content which is kind of a plot written in a poetic way kind of just connected poems or something along those lines if I was asked to but it made me feel. Nothing new under the sun regarding the Swedish Academy, eh. Aniara by Harry Martinson. It provides information, entertainment, and distraction — but it all ends up being too much for this higher intelligence, and she self-destructs in machine-suicide and, in the process, “many emigrants were stomped to bits” hatry her final message has her note: This epic poem is everything a work of science fiction should be, providing a fantastic situation that nevertheless resonates with us, and using that situation to explore mankind.


He was at the prime of his career. Juicy scandals then, juicy scandals today. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Thus given over to the shock-stiff void we spread the call-sign Aniara wide in glass-clear boundlessness, but picked up nothing.

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Some parts are excellent, but at other times the text feels confusing and contrived. As Earth is the only main connection between the huge mass of people in the spacecraft, the machine is thought have mystic powers and its rooms in the ship come to serve as a church of some sort.

Here, the difficulty is compounded by the lack of experience of most foreigners of the Nordic summer, and of all the emotions and nostalgia that the short summer nights evoke in Nordic people. Built by human hands, it quickly evolves to possess thousands of times the intellect of its maker and achieves godlike status.

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What really matters seems to be the level of cultural activity in a country rather than gross numbers. James Blish, a critic of music and poetry as anisra as an SF writer, reviewed the opera and commented that it was “a thoroughly eclectic work, with twelve-tone and electronic parts, all of it, well integrated.

These schemes fail, as the humans are too aware of the tricks and only feel more definitely detached from the earth they left behind. He had a difficult childhood and youth.

Books by Harry Martinson.