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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Pero este poema opta por la oscuridad. 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. This volume is the first complete English language version and received the prestigious American Scandinavian Foundation Award.

The last passenger dies after some 25 years.

Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Oct 28, Randolph rated it it was amazing. That the Mima had invented half herself.

Retrieved from ” https: A science fiction epic, consisting of cantos broken into four sections and utilising a variety of rhyming schemes, it is a grand, fatalistic vision of the future of mankind, recounting the story of Aniara, an ark carrying some passengers to Mars from a dying Earth. Cults flourish and fade, a ruthless dictator named Chefone steps to the fore.

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

Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

Current expectations of man’s self-destruction perhaps focus more on climate-change than nuclear destruction, but many of the fundamentals remain depressingly the same. Oct 13, Manu Castellanos rated it really liked it.

Archived from the original on 9 April By now, I was a little older and more mature and could appreciate it better. There’s a lot here: This is a lyrical account of a group of people fleeing the destruction of Earth who are hurtled into the reaches outer space and are forced to confront the insignificance of mankind in the grand scheme of the cosmos.


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 excite me. Lists with This Book. The result is a strange swaying back and forth between over-exalted emotions and complete numbness, – a scary feature of hopelessness which I recognise in many layers of global society today.

These days, Harry Martinson tends to be summarily dismissed mainly by those who haven’t read him as one of the unworthy Nobel laureates, a man who, alongside his compatriot, and fellow Academy member, Eyvind Johnson, scooped the prize inpurely out of cronyism and supposedly ahead of Nabokov, Graham Green and Saul Bellow.

Here Martinson chooses as his topic how mankind comes to terms with hopeless, pointlessness, and the inevitability of death. Dec 14, Wart Hill rated it it was amazing Recommended to Wart by: It provides information, entertainment, and distraction — but it all ends up being too much for this higher intelligence, and she self-destructs in machine-suicide and, in the process, “many emigrants were stomped to bits” ; her final message has her note: These schemes fail, as the humans are too aware of the tricks and only feel more definitely detached from the earth they left behind.

It is very familiar to every educated Swede, and to non-Swedes it is out of reach due to the language barrier. A spaceship hurtles towards a distant constellation, going faster than anything in human history but essentially standing still from a relative point of view.

It’s unbelievable this gem is out of print and I was lucky to find a second hand copy from some ob Oh, how I wish I could understand the original Swedish version!

A malfunction knocks the craft off course, taking these would-be Mars colonists on an irreversible journey into deep space. And do not see. It’s a real shame that this should be his legacy, because it overshadows a rags-to-riches talent that in its best moments bordered on rare genius.


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Notify me of new comments via email. Sep 15, Billy O’Callaghan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Martinson explores how people deal with these challenges by presenting us with the microcosm of the ship.

It’s always a mighty experience. Aniara show the human need to control fate as well as the horrors born from conflicts between different groups. A late picture of Martinson. I assume the fact that Harry Martinson has the most BS Nobel citation of all time didn’t hurt either “for writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos”. Aniara is not just a novel-in-verse, it is a work of science fiction, complete with its own futuristic terminology.

Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem by Harry Martinson

The Aniara, a craft that is sixteen thousand feet long martinsoon three thousand wide, carries some eight thousand people when it begins its journey.

They were just supposed to be temporarily evacuated to Mars and Venus while Earth “recovers”. He had a difficult childhood and youth. It has shaped my relation to Swedish literature more than anything else.

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. International Planetarium Society, Inc.

Aniara – Poem by Harry Martinson

The ship is destined to travel for another 15, years before reaching the vicinity of another star. Some parts are excellent, but at other times the text feels confusing and contrived. What a grand idea, a science fiction poem! View all 22 comments. He switches style from canto to canto, examining different characters, different aspects, different ways of trying to cope with the uncopeable.

The Andromeda Galaxy was one of the sources aniiara inspired the poem. Taken on its own unusual terms, however, much of it is quite rewarding.