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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Vamos, que Aniara es el claro ejemplo de literatura con la que uno debe dejarse llevar y punto. The Swedish Academy strives to strike a balance that reflects the quantity and quality of literary achievements in different regions of the world, and within each region. Dec 26, John rated it liked it. As the flight of the ship progresses, the reader learns more about the reasons behind the destruction of Earth martnson well as the horrifying secrets behind the evacuation plan. While Wells in his The Island of Dr.

Aniara – Wikipedia

Well, in this case the Prize was the problem. As Earth is the 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.

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

For lack of other words we call it sunsmoke, do you see. In any glass that stands untouched for a sufficient martinxon gradually a bubble in the glass will move infinitely slowly to a different point in the body of glass, and in a thousand years the bubble makes a journey in its glass.


But many were the changes in the life we led in the world that had become our own. But everything passes in time. Taken on its own unusual terms, however, much of it is quite rewarding.

View all 22 comments. 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. You have to wonder how many unsung geniuses around the world are being lost or overlooked even today, due to a lack of education, challenges, and opportunities.

I highly recommend this if you enjoy beautiful and tragic writing about societal issues and human psyche. It’s unbelievable this gem is out of print and I was lucky to find a second hand copy from some obscure internet seller.

The Aniara flies onwards, into the great unknown. I dreamt myself a life, then lived a lie.

Review: Aniara by Harry Martinson

An immense spaceship drifts deeper into space, away from an Earth ravaged by nuclear holocaust. Nothing new under the sun regarding the Swedish Academy, eh. He had a difficult childhood and youth. A malfunction knocks the craft off cour The martinzon 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.

A malfunction knocks the craft off course, taking these would-be Mars colonists on an irreversible journey into deep space. Fixed broken links May 30, He switches style from canto to canto, examining different characters, different aspects, different ways of trying to cope with the uncopeable. Especially in the few stanzas that make heavy use of the slang of old Earth I found it just too much. Catching maritnson Dewdrop, Reflecting the Cosmos”. On February 11,he took his own aiara by cutting up his belly with a pair of scissors, a ritual suicide just like harakiri.


How could abiara small group of part-time readers ever hope to cover all of world literature? This may have contributed to his need for approval and acknowledgement, and explain his deep depression later in life, culminating in suicide, when he faced rejection from “cultural workers” and reduced popularity among the general public, due to the zeitgeist.

It is very peculiar and haunting, with sharp critique against weapons of mass destruction, and the environmental changes humans are inflicting on the earth. But a meteor shower drives the ship off course and sets them on a helpless drift towards the furthest reaches of the solar system. Theirs is a world where God and Satan drop their eternal fight and unite in mourning over the human disaster: Last edited or checked June 6, InMartinson published a complete volume of poems, Aniarawhich was an expanded version of the Doris and Mima cycle.

It’s always a mighty experience.

Ashore, he was something of a drifter, doing part-time work and augmenting his meagre income with earnings from selling poems. Did I mention Swedish?