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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Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem

This volume is the first complete English language version and received the prestigious American Scandinavian Foundation Award. Swedish online version here: The inventor was himself completely dumbstruck the day he found that one half of the mima he’d invented lay beyond analysis. Thank you for your kind comment! However the ship is knocked out of course, and heads into deep space with no chance of returning.

Aniara Poem by Harry Martinson – Poem Hunter

Martinson was widely acclaimed in the s and s, a “golden boy” in the new generation of authors, thanks to his novels and poetry, enriched with his gift for metaphor, which captured the Swedish infatuation with Nature.

After being thrown off course its 8, souls are left to live what remains of their lives in a vast spaceship hurtling into the unknown emptiness of space, with no hope of ever returning to Earth. Except for the Aniara which gets hit by a meteor shower. They were just supposed to be temporarily evacuated to Mars and Venus while Earth “recovers”. The song “On aika soittaa sinfonia” “It’s time to play a symphony” on the Finnish rock musician Tuomari Nurmio ‘s critically acclaimed album Punainen Planeetta “The Red Planet” is inspired by the poem.


This poem is amazing. Politics aside, having read quite a lot by both Johnson and Martinson, and at least two or three works by all other laureates worldwide as well, I belong to the party claiming they deserved the honour DESPITE being in the academy. Here, the difficulty is compounded by the lack of experience of most foreigners of the Nordic summer, and of all the emotions and nostalgia that the short summer nights evoke in Nordic people.

He was, on the other hand, one hell of a poet.

msrtinson In he was elected into the Swedish Academy. Pero este poema opta por la oscuridad. For lack of other words, you know, we call it sun haze.

Martinson memorably compares the spaceship to “a bubble in the glass of God’s spirit”referring to the glacial movement of bubbles in glass, amiara as a liquid with very high viscosity. But there is no protection from mankind.

As a result, he fell into a depression.

I highly recommend this if you enjoy beautiful and tragic writing about societal issues and human psyche. Nobel Prize Project Year: One of the space ships, Aniara, carries 8, emigrants.


It’s staring cold outside.

Review: Aniara by Harry Martinson | Dawn of books

One of my favorite books ever. His father died when he was six, and his mother deserted him the following year. This article needs additional citations for verification. View all 22 comments. By now, I was a little older and more mature and could appreciate it better. This puts it on a hyperbolic trajectory out of the solar system, with no hope of return.

Things that surprise me. March Learn how and when to remove this template message. 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.

To be fair though, my expectations may have been unreasonably high. Martinson explores how people deal with these challenges by presenting us with the microcosm of the ship. This year, it has been 40 years since the Swedish Author Harry Martinson died.

There was an additional maartinson for criticism, however. It’s a very odd piece of work, poems set against a common background. InMartinson published a collection of poetry: