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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Some time in a far future, the I mean, how hard can it be to read about space travel in Swedish? For lack of other words, you know, we call it sun haze. The Swedish progressive metal band Seventh Wonder ‘s album The Great Escape contains a minute track of the same name which is based on the Aniara saga. 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.

These schemes fail, as the humans are too aware of the tricks and only feel more definitely detached from the earth they left behind. But she found a way to overcome my resistance.

Review: Aniara by Harry Martinson

And here is poem number martinsoh The whole story is told mainly by the voice of a narrator to the bitter end. Aniara is not just a novel-in-verse, it is a work of science fiction, complete with its own futuristic terminology.

They were just supposed to be temporarily evacuated to Mars and Venus while Earth “recovers”. 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.

A late picture of Martinson.

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 book is 50 years old this year. Well, in this martineon the Prize was the problem.

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Nihilism conquers this microcosm, as the numbers of insane and suicides multiply. Sep 15, Billy O’Callaghan rated it it was amazing Shelves: He was at the time admitted to a hospital in Stockholm had been suffering from severe depression for quite a while. 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.

Pero con Aniara me ocurre que no puedo decirlo claramente. His father died when he was six, and his mother deserted him the following year. Martinson, who was a very sensitive person, was deeply offended at insinuations that he had been awarded the prize for reasons other than merit. People retreat into memories of their life before entering the ship, even if the worlds left behind seem hellish.

Moreau still finds hope and solace in humankind’s heart despite wild experiments with horrible outcomes, the dystopia of the nuclear age is bleak, martinsin, an wniara trap. As Earth is martinso 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 serve as a church of some sort.

The dark realization they come to is a familiar one: I ranged the universe, but passed it by – for captive on Aniara here was I. Her steering gets knocked out, her SOSs go unanswered, her AI kills itself after it sees Earth be aniarq in a nuclear holocaust, and martinzon Aniara and her thousands of passengers are sent hurling on a 15, year journey towards Vega, with only their memories for company.

The Andromeda Galaxy was one of the sources that inspired the poem. It also has an artificial intelligence aboard, ‘the mima’ sometimes also capitalized, as ‘Mima’which attains a level of self-awareness, its own inventor surprised to find: This epic poem is everything a work of science fiction should be, providing a fantastic situation that nevertheless resonates with us, and using that situation to explore mankind. Martinwon an odd, thoroughly unique classic though sadly, it is currently out of print and very expensive.


Has there ever been a brain that mastered all the words in the Xinombric language?

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. What has been lost — an earth laid to waste there are memories of: In form, the poems are metrical and mostly rhymedusing both traditional and individual forms, several alluding to a wide range of Swedish and Nordic poetry, such as the Finnish Kalevala. This article needs additional citations for verification.

Has any human brain ever mastered all the words of the language of Xinombra? There are enormous insights and playfulness and poetry.

View all 22 comments. Email required Address never made public. The Aniara flies onwards, into the great unknown.

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. The last passenger dies after some 25 years. The choice was very controversial, as both Martinson and Johnson were members of the academy and h Harry Martinson May 6, — February 11, was a Swedish sailor, author and poet.

It’s staring cold outside. Stanza by stanza, most of it is really great poetry. I am 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. In the beginning of our twenty-fourth year thought broke down and fantasy died out.