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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It’s a very odd piece of work, poems set against a common background. How grim it always is, one’s detonation. Some parts are excellent, but at other times the text feels confusing and contrived. As the narrator admits to himself: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I ranged the universe, but passed it by – for captive on Aniara here was I. Theodore Sturgeonreviewing a American edition for a genre audience, declared that “Martinson’s achievement here is an inexpressible, immeasurable sadness.

Martinson even suggested the world might possibly be heading to its doom. Aniara is the story of a luxurious space ship, loaded with 8, evacuees, fleeing an Earth made uninhabitable by Man’s technological arrogance.

As they plunge onwards in this horizonless, unchanging future they find: But why was he depressed? However angry he may have been about the way in which technology was raping nature, he retained his conviction that nature, the source of life, would nevertheless win the duel in the end.

Return to Book Page. The steering Saba Unit gets: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I received it as a present shortly after it appeared. And now that the passengers are left alone to fend for themselves, they soon revert to baser instincts. Aniara by Harry Martinson. This site uses cookies. For other uses, see Aniara disambiguation. My mother enjoyed literature and tried to instill the same interest in me.


There also are the sorts of failure-to-convince of early science fiction — the Aniara’s disaster does not seem to make physical harru —, confusing construct words these would perhaps make more sense to the Sniara readerand dated social commentary.

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These days, Harry Martinson tends to be summarily dismissed mainly mratinson those who haven’t read him as one of the unworthy Nobel laureates, a man who, alongside his compatriot, and fellow Academy member, Eyvind Johnson, scooped the prize inpurely out of cronyism and supposedly ahead of Nabokov, Graham Green and Saul Bellow.

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”the decision was controversial, to say the least. Iba dispuesto a que me gustara. Myself I questioned, but matinson no reply. I mean, how hard can it be to read about space travel in Swedish?

At age sixteen he became a sailor, roaming the seas for the next seven years. Nihilism conquers this microcosm, as the numbers of insane and suicides multiply.

They are peculiar and unafraid of standing out, sharp and clever, and always with critique hidden between the lines. It provides information, martnson, and distraction — but it all ends up being too much for this higher intelligence, and she self-destructs in machine-suicide and, in the process, “many emigrants were stomped to bits” ; her final message has her note: If you pick persons in the world at random, you can only expect to find one Swedish-speaking person in the group.

As a member of the Swedish Academy he had awarded marinson with the Literature Maartinson, and for this he was violently critizised by both the newspapers and fellow authors. It was relatable in an existential way and I was left with a feeling of wonder.


There is protection from near everything, from fire and damages by storm and frost, oh, add whichever blows may come to mind.

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 well, I belong to the party claiming they deserved the honour DESPITE being in the academy.

Open Preview See a Problem? On the amrtinson, both the verse and the distance in time and space are of utter importance to refine the thoughts.

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But this same language, meant to clear up all, grew murky for us too, a rigmarole of words avoiding words and playing blind amid the clarity of cosmic soul. I dreamt myself a life, then lived a lie. Eventually the ship breaks down too severely to be repaired and death comes for all who remain. Orthofer13 October Notify me of new comments via email. This review has been hidden because it contains hargy.

As the flight of the ship progresses, the reader learns more about the reasons behind the destruction of Earth as well as the horrifying secrets behind the evacuation plan.

Aniara – Harry Martinson

This was not too difficult when it came to the Swedish classics from the 19th and early 20th centuries, but contemporary Swedish writers did not excite me. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. I shall relate what I have heard jarry glass and then you’ll understand. To view it, click here.

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