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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For other uses, see Aniara disambiguation. 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. Harry Martinson May 6, — February 11, was a Swedish sailor, author and poet.

A malfunction knocks the craft off course, taking anuara would-be Mars colonists on an irreversible journey into deep space.

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Myself I questioned, but gave no reply. For lack of other words, martinsob know, we call it sun haze. Nothing new under the sun regarding the Swedish Academy, eh. 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.

Fixed broken links May 30, The main theme is to contrast their longing for Earth with the horror of their memories of the nuclear wars and so forth that are going on there. The result is a strange swaying back and forth between over-exalted emotions and complete numbness, – a scary feature of hopelessness which I recognise in many layers of global society today. Overwhelmed by the perpetual enigmas of star-strewn galaxies without an end.

They are peculiar and unafraid of standing out, sharp and clever, and always with critique hidden between the lines.


I highly recommend this if you enjoy beautiful and tragic writing about societal issues and human psyche. Open Preview See a Problem?

Here Martinson chooses as his topic how mankind comes to terms with hopeless, pointlessness, and the inevitability of death. They were just supposed to be temporarily evacuated to Mars and Venus while Earth “recovers”.

May 15, Winterdragon rated it it was amazing Shelves: A future war is raging on the Earth, and people are fleeing to Mars. Swedish poems Science fiction books poems Swedish science fiction Swedish speculative fiction martunson Works by Harry Martinson Poems adapted into films. However the ship is knocked out of course, and heads into deep space with no chance of returning.

I loved loved this book. In the beginning of our twenty-fourth year thought broke down and fantasy died out.

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Books and Writers kirjasto. InMartinson published a collection of poetry: He sank into a deep depression and finally committed suicide in When there is need, none sees with clarity. The artificial intelligence is an interesting addition — and its fate an aniarz take xniara while the humans behave in generally predictable ways. 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.

It’s a very odd piece of work, poems set against a common background. A swedish poetic dystopian sci-fi: Things that surprise me. People retreat into memories of their life before entering the ship, even if the worlds left behind seem anisra. This puts it on a hyperbolic trajectory out of the solar system, with no hope of return. You have to wonder how many martinsin geniuses around the world are being lost or overlooked even today, due to a lack of education, challenges, and opportunities.

Has any human brain ever mastered all the words of the language of Xinombra? All of humanity being shipped out on spaceships – each one just making a routine trip, just on a much grander scale.

This article appears to contain trivial, minor, mxrtinson unrelated references to popular culture. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Aniara was Martinson’s great work, and a part of the reason for his Nobel prize for literature.


Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem

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.

The richest of the languages we know, Xinombric, has some three million words, but the galaxy you are watching now contains far more than ninety billion suns.

But as the Bible says: Thanks for including links to English translations. The events of the poem are hopeless, yes, but the warning rings through clear: 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.

I’m sure he won it for some more boring poetry, but it makes me happy that the writer of a book such as this won the Nobel, no matter how shady the circumstances.

And there are more than 6, languages in the world. The main theme is to contrast their longing for Earth with the horror of their memories of the n Kind of disappointing. He was awarded a joint Nobel Prize in Literature in”for writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos. To be fair though, my expectations may have been unreasonably high. As the narrator admits to himself: Pero con Aniara me ocurre que no puedo decirlo claramente.

The book is not currently in print. Only four years earlier he had received the Nobel Prize for literature.