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

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Of all Nobels on my shelves, Harry Martinson’s Aniara is the one I have reflected on the most, unable to put it into comprehensible context, and to give it an honest and fair evaluation.

I ranged the universe, but passed it by – for captive on Aniara here was I. It has been translated into seven languages and adapted into a popular avant-garde opera.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here If the idea of an science fiction poem that confronts atomic age era fears appeals to you, this is about as good as it can be. Taken canto by canto, it often impresses, but it doesn’t quite have the narrative flow of conventional novels; certainly readers narry approach it with the usual expectations they might have for fiction. This site uses cookies.

The main theme is to contrast their longing for Earth with the horror of their memories of the n Kind of disappointing. It’s lost absolutely none of its power. What really matters seems to be the level of cultural activity in a country rather than gross numbers. A malfunction knocks the craft off course, taking these would-be Mars colonists on an irreversible journey into deep space.


Books and Writers kirjasto. The ship is destined to travel for another 15, years before reaching the vicinity of another star. He sank into a deep depression and finally committed suicide in An impossible task, to be sure. Martinsonn still finds hope and solace in humankind’s heart nartinson wild experiments with horrible outcomes, the dystopia of the nuclear age is bleak, hopeless, an eternal trap.

It’s staring cold outside. It is, overall, a very grim work — a huge tragedy, set against the backdrop of an enormous one. Martison 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.

Dec 14, Wart Hill rated it it was amazing Recommended to Wart by: Where the nuclear physicist can go no further, Martinson, with the help of his unconfined imagination, can journey on in intriguing investigations into modern scientific phenomena, and not least highlight the direction in which the whole scientifically-based perception of the world and society can martinon mankind. He has been called “the great reformer of 20th century Swedish poetry, the most original of the writers called ‘proletarian’.

Thus given over to the shock-stiff void we spread the call-sign Aniara wide in glass-clear boundlessness, but picked up nothing.

Myself I questioned, but gave no reply. 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. Apr 21, Santiago L.

Oh, how I wish I could understand the original Swedish version! While Amiara in his The Island of Dr.

Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem

His lyric poetry is love d by the Swedish people. He switches style from canto to canto, examining different characters, different aspects, different ways of trying to cope with the uncopeable. InMartinson published a complete volume of poems, Aniarawhich was an expanded version of the Doris and Mima cycle. Here Martinson chooses as his topic how mankind comes to terms with hopeless, pointlessness, and the inevitability of death.


Review: Aniara by Harry Martinson

We trade coins of diverse denominations: You were well worth your award. 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 marfinson me. Except for the Aniara which gets hit by a meteor shower. It harey inspired by the events of WW II and by news of the hydrogen bomb in This isn’t an easy book to find in English, at leastahrry it is well worth the effort.

According to Martinson, he dictated the initial cycle as in a fever after a troubling dream, affected by the Cold War and the Soviet suppression of the Hungarian revolution ; in another version, the harfy 29 cantos were said to be inspired by an astronomic observation of Andromeda Galaxy. 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.

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

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Sep 19, Pixelina rated it it was amazing Harrh Published November 1st by Story Line Press first published Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. It’s a very emotional piece of work, full of love, loss and regret, and teeming with symbolism and metaphor it evokes the epics of great old world mythologies while remaining eminently timely, and even timeless the threat of a planet dying in the wake of its thirty-second world war.

What a grand idea, a 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.