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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Theodore Sturgeonreviewing a American edition for a genre audience, declared that “Martinson’s achievement here is an inexpressible, immeasurable sadness.

Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem

There is protection from near everything, from fire and damages by storm and frost, oh, add whichever blows may come to mind. It is very peculiar and haunting, with sharp critique against weapons of mass destruction, and the environmental changes humans are inflicting on the earth. I am often sad about missing out on poetry hadry its original language, but wow, I am glad to be able to read Aniara anlara my native tongue.

Harry Martinson Society, 1 March 80, Links: They hope — but from early on: 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. Pero con Aniara me ocurre que no puedo decirlo claramente.

Still they try do the same things as before. Jun 13, Todor rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

With no immediate danger, the people try to return to their normal lives by building their own society within the spaceship. Swedish musician Kleerup released an album based on Aniara in But why was he depressed? How grim it always is, one’s detonation.


Aniara – Harry Martinson

Stanza by stanza, most of it is really great poetry. No trivia or quizzes yet.

The ship encounters an asteroid and magtinson to make an evasive manoeuvre. We listen daily to the sonic coins provided every one of us and played through the Finger-singer worn on the left hand. At that time there was no place for pessimism and scepticism towards the possibility of changing society to the best of all worlds.

That a story follows its own path in this way is a privilege granted only to truly great authors. And here is poem number He had a difficult childhood and youth. Not a single one! Martiinson attacks by Swedish left-wing authors accused him of being out of martjnson with a new generation of political activists less prone to “sweet resignation”.

The hall of mirrors which for four years running prolonged our illusion lay smashed and shattered and fragments in the hundred thousands covered in heaping drifts the floor that we had danced on.

While the poem is narrated by the Mimarobe, the one closest to the mima, defined by his role “I have no name. As a member of the Swedish Academy he had awarded himself with the Literature Prize, and for this he was violently critizised by both the newspapers and fellow authors. He had a gift for improvisation similar to that of a good jazz musician.

The space “ferry” Aniara, carrying refugees from a war-torn, ecologically destroyed far-future Earth to Mars, suffers from disaster, and ends drifting towards the constellation of Lyra. This work essentially won Martinson his Nobel Prize in literature, and despite the controversy the win was well deserved. Aniara is harryy a product of its times, but even as aspects may no longer seems as current, it holds up well in its bleak vision.

Aniara by Harry Martinson. Iba dispuesto a que me gustara. Any Nobel prize to a Swedish recipient is of course automatically suspect. Well, in this case marfinson Prize was aniarw problem. I ranged the universe but passed it by — for captive on Aniara here was I. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Both were members of Svenska Akademien at the time, and they had to endure harsh criticism for receiving the prize martinwon their own colleagues.

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Harry Martinson Martijson 6, — February 11, was a Swedish sailor, author and poet.

It’s a very odd piece of work, poems set against a common background. Best of all, these virtues exist to actually explore ideas worth exploring and to say something worth saying, which you would expect to be commonplace in science fiction but which, sadly, is not. It’s unbelievable this gem is out of print and I was lucky to find a second hand copy from some obscure internet seller.

There are no children. Taken canto by canto, it often impresses, but it doesn’t quite have the narrative flow of conventional novels; certainly readers can’t approach it with the usual expectations they might have for fiction. May 26, Rebecka is hilarious, shut up rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s lost absolutely none of its power. I dreamt myself a life, then lived a lie. 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.

Notify me of new posts via email. James Blish, a critic of music and poetry as well as an SF writer, reviewed the opera and commented that it was “a thoroughly eclectic work, with twelve-tone and electronic parts, all of it, well integrated.

It was inspired by the events of WW II and by news of the hydrogen bomb in The poems tell the stories of its passengers and crew. 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.