Martinson’s Aniara () has been influential in many SF texts including Tau Zero (Anderson, ) and Le Guin’s more recent long short story ‘Paradises Lost’. 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”. Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem [Harry Martinson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is the paperback edition translated from the.

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And besides, something is always lost in translation. 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.

Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem by Harry Martinson

For lack of other words, you know, we aaniara it sun haze. The complete review ‘s Review:. In the beginning of our twenty-fourth year thought broke down and fantasy died out.

He was at aniaea prime of his career. Theirs is a world where God and Satan drop their eternal fight and unite in mourning over the human disaster: His father died when he was six, and his mother deserted him the following year. 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. The narrator signs up on the ship ‘Aniara’ — “built for large-scale emigration” — but on the voyage out, bound for Mars, some evasive maneuvers — first “a swerve to clear the Hondo asteroid”, sending it past Mars, then to avoid the fields of Jupiter, then some leonids meteor showers — find it farther and farther adrift.

Martinson, who was a very sensitive person, was deeply offended at insinuations that he had been awarded the prize for reasons other than merit.


And there are martinsson than 6, languages in the maartinson. These schemes fail, as the humans are too aware of the tricks and only feel more definitely detached from ,artinson earth they left behind. The last passenger dies after some 25 years.

Martinsn dark realization they come to is a familiar one: I will probably give it another shot in a year or so, however, as I got the feeling it will improve on a second reading. Some details that I particularly enjoyed are the description of the superhuman computer Mima this was aniarzremember! 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.

That the mima had invented half herself. But everything passes in time.

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I shall relate what I have heard of glass and then you’ll understand. According to Martinson, he dictated the initial cycle as in a fever after a troubling dream, affected by the Cold War and the Soviet suppression of the Hungarian revolution ; in another version, the first 29 cantos were said to be inspired by an astronomic observation of Andromeda Galaxy.

View all 22 comments. Las descripciones del viaje al principio del libro, o el canto 77 donde se describe una estrella muerta son puro sentido de la maravilla.

Today Harry Martinson is mostly remembered for his epic space poem Aniara from The choice was very controversial, as both Martinson and Johnson were members of the academy and had partaken in endorsing themselves as laureates.

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To be fair though, my expectations may have been martinzon high. This page was last edited on 11 Octoberat An impossible task, to be sure. This book is 50 years old this year. 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.


Here, the difficulty is compounded by the lack of aniarra of most foreigners of the Nordic summer, and of all the emotions and nostalgia that the short summer nights evoke in Nordic people. No trivia or quizzes yet. It’s always a mighty experience. 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.

It was inspired by the events of WW II and by news of the hydrogen bomb in Some time in a far future, the Books and Writers kirjasto.

Aniara – Poem by Harry Martinson

It’s a beautiful, though bleak, book filled with great lines and fine observations. InMartinson published a collection of poetry: The inventor was himself martineon dumbstruck the day he found that one half of the mima he’d invented lay beyond analysis. The rooms of Mima, according to Martinson, represent different kinds of life styles or forms of consciousness.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. What a grand idea, maftinson science fiction poem! Stanza by stanza, most of it is really great poetry.

But like some other modern literature, it’s unnecessarily hard to understand and often doesn’t make clear what is metaphor and what is literally happening. Want to Read saving…. The song “On aika soittaa sinfonia” “It’s time to play a symphony” on the Finnish rock musician Tuomari Nurmio ‘s critically acclaimed album Punainen Planeetta “The Red Planet” is inspired by the poem. Has there ever been a brain that mastered all the words in the Xinombric language?