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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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He has been called “the great reformer of 20th century Swedish poetry, the most original of the writers called ‘proletarian’. I highly recommend this if you enjoy beautiful and tragic writing about societal issues and human psyche. A late picture of Martinson. 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.

An immense spaceship drifts deeper into space, away from an Earth ravaged by nuclear holocaust. Harry Martinson Society, 1 March 80, Links: On February 11,he took his own life by cutting up his belly with a pair of scissors, a ritual suicide just like harakiri. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. There also are the sorts of failure-to-convince of early science fiction — the Aniara’s disaster does not seem to make physical sense —, confusing construct words these would perhaps make more sense to the Swedish readerand dated social commentary.

This is a fantastic situation, yes, but is it really so different from our lives? 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: I dreamt myself a life, then lived a lie. Where the nuclear physicist can go no further, Martinson, with the help of his unconfined imagination, can journey on in intriguing investigations into modern scientific phenomena, and not least highlight the direction in which the whole scientifically-based perception of the world and society can force mankind.

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I maryinson often sad about missing out on poetry in its original language, but wow, I am glad to be able to read Aniara in my native tongue. To ask other readers questions about Aniaraplease sign up. Aniara was turned into an opera in In a narrative that is often not straightforward either, the story zooming tightly in and then far, far out — Aniara is not an easy read, and unlike most traditional science-fiction fare.


You are commenting using your Facebook account. Politics aside, having read quite a lot by both Johnson and Martinson, and at martnson two or three works by all other laureates worldwide as well, I belong to the party claiming they deserved the honour DESPITE being in the academy.

In he was elected into the Swedish Academy. The inventor was himself completely dumbstruck the marinson he found that one half of the mima he’d invented lay beyond analysis. Well, in this case the Prize was the problem.

With no immediate danger, the people try to return to their normal lives by building their own society within the spaceship. With one leg washed by surges of emotion, the martinsoh resting on emotive death, we’d often stand. Oct 28, Randolph rated it it was amazing.

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Harley Schubert [6] in It also has an artificial intelligence aboard, ‘the mima’ sometimes also capitalized, as ‘Mima’which attains martonson level of self-awareness, its own inventor surprised to find: Return to Book Page.

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 harrry as a church of some sort. Mmartinson future war is raging on the Earth, and people are fleeing to Mars.

Overall, I wanted to like “Aniara” more than I actually did; for me, the premise is better than the execution. View all 22 comments. Critic of civilisation Early in his career, Martinson became a voice warning of the course modern civilisation was taking. With an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, he also acquainted himself with advanced modern physics and its consequences for the rapidly changing hafry.

Martinson tells it through martinzon 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.

It has shaped my relation to Swedish literature more than anything else. It was also an influence for Poul Anderson ‘s hard science fiction novel Tau Zero.


It’s a beautiful, though bleak, book filled with great lines and fine observations. They became independent tales, living lives of their own, legends aniarx 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.

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Aniara isn’t a poem of the apocalypse, but in allowing some humans an escape from it yet having them find no redemption or salvation Martinson’s poem remains a dark, pessimistic vision of any human future. I actually bought harrg English translation, second hand but very expensive, because I thought I could read excerpts from it with my students, but in the end, Martinson’s language was so much connected to Swedish in my mind that I did not go ahead with the project.

I’m also not crazy about Martinson’s way of using invented words this is not a principled objection, it just didn’t work martisnon well for me here. Kommentera Avbryt svar E-postadressen publiceras inte.

If you pick persons in the world at random, you can only expect to find one Swedish-speaking person in the group. His spiritual testament is this: There have been multiple performance adaptations of it, as a well-thought of opera with music by Karl-Birger Blomdahl and libretto by Erik Lindegren, a planetarium show, and several stage versions. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

And that the only world which we are given is this world in Mima. Swedish musician Kleerup released an album based on Aniara in At that time there was no place for pessimism and scepticism towards the possibility of changing society to the best of all worlds. Except for the Aniara which gets hit by a meteor shower.

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Built by human hands, it quickly evolves to possess thousands of times the intellect of its maker and achieves godlike status. Only four years earlier he had received the Nobel Prize for literature. Harry Martinson is first and foremost a great poet, with the Nobel Prize in Literature as testimony to his calibre and standing.