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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Harley Schubert [6] in It’s always a mighty experience. Story Line Press Harry Martinson Society, 1 March 80, Links: The richest of the languages we know, Xinombric, has some three million words, but the galaxy you are watching now contains far more than ninety billion suns.

Overwhelmed by the perpetual enigmas of star-strewn galaxies without an end. At age sixteen he became a sailor, roaming the seas for the next seven years. Without the succour of the Mima, the erstwhile colonists seek distraction in sensual orgies, memories of their own and earlier lives, low comedy, religious cults, observations of strange astronomical phenomena, empty entertainments, science, routine tasks, brutal totalitarianism, and in all harrt of human endeavour, but ultimately cannot face the emptiness outside and inside.

It was relatable in an existential way and I was left with a feeling of wonder.

Wonderfully melancholic and at times painfully tragic, reading Harry Martinson’s sci-fi poem here in the original Swedish is a great but uneven experience. He switches style from martimson to canto, examining different characters, different aspects, different ways of trying to cope with the uncopeable.

Did I mention Swedish? I do not intend to describe the book in detail.

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Aniara is intended as a warning to mankind, urging us to accept responsibility and guilt for our anira sins. To ask other readers questions about Aniaraplease sign up. Except for the Aniara which gets hit by a meteor shower. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Thus given over to the shock-stiff void we spread the call-sign Aniara wide in glass-clear boundlessness, but picked up nothing.


Being a poem, a science fiction post- Of all Nobels zniara 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.

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

It has been translated into seven languages and adapted into a popular avant-garde opera. Aniara by Harry Martinsson is an excellent example of this. And a long loud raspberry to the Goodreads developers, who never thought that one might have a need to control indentation.

How grim it always is, one’s detonation. A malfunction knocks the craft off cour The great Swedish writer Harry Martinson published his masterpiece, Aniara, during the height of the Cold War – right after the Soviet Union announced that it had exploded the martinosn bomb.

As the journey gets longer and the ship strikes further into the emptiness of space the religion gets more extreme as the hopelessness becomes harder to bear: Subsequent attacks by Swedish left-wing authors accused him of aniwra out of touch with a new generation of political activists less prone to “sweet resignation”.

But Aniara is something very special, and very beautiful. You have to wonder how many unsung geniuses around the world are being lost or overlooked even today, due to a lack of education, challenges, and opportunities.

He had a gift for improvisation similar to that of a good jazz musician. ISBN correction 3 15 Apr 22, This year, it has been 40 years since the Swedish Author Harry Martinson died. Swedish poems Science fiction books poems Swedish science fiction Swedish speculative fiction works Works by Harry Martinson Poems adapted into films.

Review: Aniara by Harry Martinson

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. Archived from the original on 9 April Oct 28, Randolph rated it it was amazing. Orthofer13 October For lack of other words we call it sunsmoke, do you see. James Blish, a critic of music and poetry as well 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.


Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem by Harry Martinson

The events of the poem are hopeless, yes, but the warning rings through clear: Well, in this case harrry Prize was the problem. Swedish online version here: I love these old science-fiction classics.

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 anizra, I belong to the party claiming they deserved the honour DESPITE being in the academy. There are no children.

This book is 50 years old this year. To be fair though, my expectations may have been unreasonably high. I assume the fact that Harry Martinson has the most BS Nobel citation of all time didn’t hurt either “for writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the anniara.

Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem

You are commenting using your WordPress. I loved loved this book. This is a lyrical account of a group of people fleeing the destruction of Earth who are hurtled into the marrinson outer space and are forced to confront the insignificance of mankind in the grand scheme of the cosmos.

Such journeys have often been the subjects aniaa poetry, and Martinson’s leap into the endlessness of the universe is, ultimately, no more radical of fantastical than, say, poetic journeys to heaven or hell. Refresh and try again. Only four years earlier he had received the Nobel Prize for literature.

Overall, I wanted to like “Aniara” more than I actually did; for me, the premise is better than the execution.