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Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem by Harry Martinson

There was something absolutely special about it. By now, I was a little older and more mature and could appreciate it better. El autor se esfuerza sobremanera por resultar incomprensible. This volume is the first complete English language version and received the prestigious American Scandinavian Foundation Award.

To be fair though, my expectations may have been unreasonably high. Martinson memorably compares the spaceship to “a bubble in the glass of God’s spirit”referring to the glacial movement of bubbles in glass, understood as a liquid with very high viscosity.

For lack of other words, you know, we call it sun haze. Hats off to the translators – I can imagine the amount of research and foreign language skills needed to achieve a decent version of this for international readers.

Originally bound for Mars, the craft is instead launched out of the Solar System, and into an existential struggle that lends itself more to Teilhard de Chardin or Taoism than pulp science fiction. American Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize.

Catching the Dewdrop, Reflecting the Cosmos”. Aniara is an effort to “[mediate] between science and poetry, between the wish to understand and the difficulty to comprehend. Pero con Aniara me ocurre que no puedo decirlo claramente.

I found the first third or so, as well as the finale, to be the most powerful, while the middle part failed to hold my interest in the same way. And after twenty four years, the ship reaches the edge of the solar system, and the realisation hits that just sixteen light-hours have passed, and that the stars of Andromeda still lie uncountable lifetimes away.


We trade coins of diverse denominations: It sounds like a potentially cheap sci-fi movie, it is actually a pretty fucking great sci-fi story except told in verse. It was relatable in an existential way and I was left with a feeling of wonder.

The walls of grievous rage are closing on the fate we engineered. Oct 02, Silvio Curtis rated it liked it. At age sixteen he became a sailor, roaming the seas for the next seven years. All that remains for him is to come to terms with his ultimate fate. And England’s population was just million in the age of Shakespeare and Newton. The cast of characters is large, and in the cantos the reader is presented with a bewildering array of sensory detail: If a poet as fine and thoughtful as Harry Martinson deserves to be read, and re-read.

Books by Harry Martinson.

Most beautiful among beautiful glimpses is seen the glimmer of Karelia, as a waterglint among the trees, as a lightened summer water, in the June-light time when an evening hardly has time to get dark before the wooden-flute-clear cuckoo shouts to sweet Aino. The strangest omens would be seen in space but, since they were unsuited to the program of our day, they were promptly forgotten.

With one leg washed by surges of emotion, the other resting on emotive death, we’d often stand. Any Nobel prize to a Swedish recipient is of course automatically suspect.

ANIARA: An Epic Science Fiction Poem

Not a single one! I dreamed a life up, but I lived a lie. I ranged the universe, but passed it by – for captive on Aniara here was I.

I received it as a present shortly after it appeared. It’s an odd, Nobel Prize Project Year: His father died when he was six, and his mother deserted him aniiara following year. Though the poems usually fall into an a-b-a-b rhyme scheme, the translators are savvy enough not to use formalism as an ironclad rule and are content enough to move to a looser rhythm when the poem calls for it.


The book describes the attempts of the emigrants to cope with their fate: He really was no optimist, Harry Martinson. 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 sniara by aiara reaction to the Nobel award.

Initially, Mima, a Hal-like supercomputer, calls the shots. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Aniara is a cautionary tale, holding up the mirror of regret when it is too late: Swedish online version here: A malfunction knocks the qniara off course, taking these would-be Mars colonists on an irreversible journey into deep space. How could a small group of part-time readers ever hope to cover all of world literature?

Las descripciones del viaje al principio del libro, o el canto 77 donde se describe una estrella muerta son puro sentido de la maravilla. As the journey gets longer and the ship strikes further into the emptiness of space the religion gets more extreme as the hopelessness becomes harder to bear: Aniara is a spaceship or “gondoler” as it is called in the poem gone awry.

The inventor was himself completely dumbstruck the pom he found that one half of the mima he’d invented lay beyond analysis. True, it has been translated into many porm, but in my anira no translation can do justice to Martinson’s wonderfully creative use of the Swedish language. In anguish sent by us in Aniara our call-sigh faded till it failed: It’s a real shame that this should be his legacy, because it overshadows a rags-to-riches talent that ooem its best moments bordered on rare genius.

The choice was very controversial, as both Martinson and Johnson were members of the academy and had partaken in endorsing themselves as laureates.