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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Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem

What a grand idea, a science fiction poem! Las descripciones del viaje al principio del libro, o el canto 77 donde se describe una estrella muerta son puro sentido de la maravilla. As a result, he fell into a depression. Aniara is the harr of a luxurious space ship, loaded with 8, evacuees, fleeing an Earth made uninhabitable by Man’s technological arrogance.

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Email required Address never made public. It’s always a mighty experience. He was awarded a joint Nobel Prize in Literature in”for writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. At that time there was no place for pessimism and scepticism towards the possibility of changing society to the best of all worlds.

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. Swedish online version here: We now suspect that what we claim is space and glassy clarity around Aniara’s hull is spirit, everlasting and impalpable, that we have strayed in spiritual seas.


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. Harry Martinson Society, 1 March 80, Links: But why was he depressed? Aniara show the human need to control fate as well as the horrors born from conflicts between different groups. Did I mention Swedish?

Sep 15, Billy O’Callaghan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Myself I questioned, but gave no reply. What has been lost — an earth laid to waste there are memories of: Martinson tells it through the eyes of the AI operator whose job it is to keep the systems running as the years pass, the systems fail, and all the distractions – virtual reality and social media yes, inreligion, sex, music, science, even suicide – lose their allure and only the impossible vastness of space remains.

The choice was very controversial, as both Martinson and Johnson were members of the academy and had partaken in endorsing themselves as laureates. That wasn’t the point, of course.

It sounds like a potentially cheap sci-fi movie, it is actually a pretty fucking great sci-fi story except told in verse. It’s an odd, Nobel Prize Project Year: Critic of civilisation Early in his career, Martinson became a voice warning of the course modern civilisation anizra taking.

Aniara – Harry Martinson

Aniara is intended as a warning to mankind, urging us to accept responsibility and guilt for our collective sins. He switches style from canto to canto, examining different characters, different aspects, different ways of trying to cope with the uncopeable. All of humanity being shipped out on spaceships – each one just making a routine trip, just on a much grander scale.


The Andromeda Galaxy was one of the sources that inspired the poem. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. Nothing new under the sun regarding the Swedish Academy, eh. It’s an odd, thoroughly unique classic though sadly, it is currently out of print and very expensive. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

I don’t claim to be able to do it now either, but I can’t mqrtinson the idea of this favourite being left to travel in a void, straight ahead into space without any recognition from me, the grateful reader. Theodore Sturgeonreviewing a American edition for a genre audience, declared that “Martinson’s achievement here is an inexpressible, immeasurable sadness.

Notify me of new posts via email. They were just supposed to be temporarily evacuated to Mars and Venus while Earth “recovers”. 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 hydrogen bomb.

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