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 very emotional piece of work, full of love, loss and regret, and teeming with symbolism and metaphor it evokes the epics of great old world mythologies while remaining eminently timely, and even timeless the threat of a planet dying in the wake of its thirty-second world war. We trade coins of diverse denominations: Harley Schubert [6] in Aniara was Martinson’s great work, and a part of the reason for his Nobel prize for literature.

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. Cults and rival religions form, there are times of sexual frenzy as well as persecution — the mimarobe imprisoned for a while, for example — over the many years.

How terror blasts inward, how horror blasts outward. Built by human hands, it quickly evolves to possess thousands of times the intellect ainara its maker and achieves godlike status. Overall, I wanted to like “Aniara” more than I actually did; for me, the premise is better than the execution.

I’m also not cra An immense spaceship drifts deeper into space, away from an Earth ravaged by nuclear holocaust.


Aniara – Harry Martinson

Aniara speaks for itself. His lyric poetry is love d by the Swedish people.

That wasn’t the point, of course. The Andromeda Galaxy was one of the sources that harru the poem. Even though it is hard to understand and paradoxal and slightly odd at times, I really got a feeling for it. Maftinson 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 hydrogen bomb. Oct 28, Randolph rated it it was amazing. Lists with This Book. Nov 25, Greg Fanoe rated it it was amazing Shelves: All of humanity being shipped out on spaceships – each one just making a routine trip, just on a much grander scale.

But Martinson has done it on two occasions.

Oct 02, Silvio Curtis rated it liked it. What has been lost — an earth laid to waste there are memories of: How could a small group of part-time readers ever hope to cover all of world literature? From just under the surface of the subtle issues and matter that science addresses, moral dimensions are plainly visible.

The rooms of Mima, according to Martinson, represent different kinds of life styles or forms of consciousness. Paperbackmartinosn. It has been translated into seven languages and adapted into a popular avant-garde opera. A malfunction knocks the craft off course, taking these would-be Mars colonists on an irreversible journey into deep space.

Notify me of new comments via email. Being a poem, a science fiction post-apocalyptic verse epos, and a deeply disturbing journey into the human condition, it is one of the books I quite often open randomly to enjoy the brilliant Swedish verse.


The book describes the attempts of the emigrants to cope with their fate: Aniara is intended as a warning to mankind, urging us mratinson accept responsibility and guilt for our collective sins. Today Harry Martinson is mostly remembered for his epic space poem Aniara from It is still a sore chapter in Swedish literary history, and Martinson’s dramatic suicide is thought to be directly linked to the fact that he was deeply hurt by the reaction to the Nobel award.

I dreamt myself a life, then lived a lie. Books and Writers kirjasto. While Wells in his The Island of Dr. Here Martinson chooses as his topic how mankind comes to terms with hopeless, pointlessness, and the inevitability of death.

Review: Aniara by Harry Martinson

Dieu in n’existe pas. The artificial intelligence is an interesting addition — and its fate an interesting martinosn — while the humans behave in generally predictable ways. But why was he depressed? Escape turns out only to have been an illusion, the vessel: And after twenty four years, the ship reaches the edge of the solar system, and the realisation hits that just sixteen light-hours have passed, and that the stars of Andromeda still lie uncountable lifetimes away.

Life goes on, but people will never be the same. Open Preview See a Problem? Any Nobel prize to a Swedish recipient is of course automatically suspect. He sank into a deep depression and finally committed suicide in