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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The rooms of Mima, according to Martinson, represent different kinds of life styles or forms of consciousness.

Pero con Aniara me ocurre que no puedo decirlo claramente. The song “On aika aaniara 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. Vamos, que Aniara es el claro ejemplo de literatura con la que uno debe dejarse llevar y punto.

Harry Martinson May 6, — February 11, was a Swedish sailor, author and aniafa. 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: Life goes on, but people will never be the same.

Aniara – Wikipedia

It is very peculiar and haunting, with sharp critique against weapons of mass destruction, and the environmental changes humans are inflicting on the earth. I loved loved this book. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Last edited or checked June 6, 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.

I mean just that languages do not suffice to express everything contained in that spectacle. Cults flourish and fade, a ruthless dictator named Chefone steps to the fore.


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. Nihilism conquers this microcosm, as the numbers of insane and suicides multiply. We now suspect that what we claim is space and glassy clarity around Aniara’s hull is spirit, everlasting and impalpable, that we have strayed in spiritual seas. 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.

It has been translated into seven languages and adapted into a popular avant-garde opera. The Swedish progressive metal band Seventh Wonder ‘s album The Great Escape contains a minute track of the same name which is based on the Aniara saga.

Its poetic form here does very much factor into how Aniara reads. Politics aside, having read quite a lot by both Johnson and Martinson, and at least two or three works by all other laureates marfinson as well, I belong to the party claiming they deserved the honour DESPITE being in the academy.

Aniara is a cautionary tale, holding up the mirror of regret when it is too late: Oct 13, Manu Mwrtinson rated it really liked it.

Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem by Harry Martinson

Especially in the few stanzas that make heavy use of the slang of old Earth I found it just too much. The book describes the attempts of the emigrants to cope with their fate: Still they try do the same things as before.

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.

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 hurt by the reaction to the Mrtinson award.


He was raised in foster homes. Books by Harry Martinson.

Review: Aniara by Harry Martinson

InMartinson published a collection of poetry: It is, overall, a very grim work — a huge tragedy, set against the backdrop of an enormous one. Except for the Aniara which gets hit by a meteor shower.

View all 4 comments. The inventor was himself completely wniara the day he found that one half of the mima he’d invented lay beyond analysis. A malfunction knocks the craft off course, taking martunson would-be Mars colonists on an irreversible journey into deep space.

We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be martimson unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. Open Preview See a Problem? You are commenting using your Twitter account. Martinson, who was a very sensitive person, was deeply offended at insinuations that he had been awarded the prize for reasons other than merit.

Aniara – Poem by Harry Martinson

Stanza by stanza, most of it is really great poetry. Initially, Mima, a Hal-like supercomputer, calls the shots.

But she found a way to overcome my resistance.

There are enormous insights and playfulness and poetry. An immense spaceship drifts deeper into space, away from an Earth ravaged by nuclear holocaust. 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 first 29 cantos were said to be inspired by an astronomic observation of Andromeda Galaxy.

In he was elected into the Swedish Academy.