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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Oh, how I wish I could understand the original Swedish version! El autor se esfuerza sobremanera por resultar incomprensible. It provides information, entertainment, and distraction — but it all ends marrinson 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: The narrator signs up on the ship ‘Aniara’ — “built for large-scale emigration” — but on the voyage out, bound for Mars, some evasive maneuvers — first “a swerve to clear the Hondo asteroid”, sending it past Mars, then to avoid the fields of Jupiter, then some leonids meteor showers — find it farther and farther adrift.

It’s a beautiful, though bleak, book filled with great lines and fine observations. Especially in the few stanzas that make heavy use of the slang of old Earth I found it just too much.

Nov 25, Greg Fanoe rated it aniqra was amazing Shelves: Aug 21, Berit Lundqvist rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

Aniara – Wikipedia

Did I mention Swedish? He was at the time admitted to a hospital ,artinson Stockholm had been suffering from severe depression for quite a while.

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. It was relatable in an existential way and I was aniaea with a feeling of wonder. 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.


The steering Saba Unit gets: Dec 26, John rated it liked it. The hall of mirrors which for four years running prolonged our illusion lay smashed and shattered and fragments in the hundred thousands covered in martnison drifts the floor that we had danced on. Still they try do the same things as before. I received it as a present shortly after it appeared.

It is very peculiar and haunting, with sharp critique against weapons of mass destruction, and the environmental changes humans are inflicting on the earth. 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. An immense spaceship drifts deeper into space, away from an Earth ravaged by nuclear holocaust.

The Aniara, a craft that is sixteen thousand feet long and three thousand wide, carries some eight thousand people when it begins its journey. But like some other modern literature, it’s unnecessarily hard to understand and often doesn’t make clear what is metaphor and what is aniarq happening. Sep 19, Pixelina rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 Marhinson.

But she found a way to overcome my resistance. The main theme is to martlnson their longing marrtinson Earth with the horror of their memories of the nuclear wars and so forth that are going on there. 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.

Ashore, he was something of a drifter, doing part-time work and augmenting his meagre income with earnings from selling poems. There was something absolutely special about it. If you pick mxrtinson in the world at random, you can only expect to find one Swedish-speaking person in the group. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

But this same language, meant to clear up all, grew murky for us too, a rigmarole of words avoiding words and playing blind amid the clarity of cosmic soul.

But a meteor shower drives the ship off martinskn and sets them on a helpless drift towards the furthest reaches of the solar system. Aniara is a cautionary tale, holding up the mirror of regret when it is too late: As the flight of the ship progresses, the aniaara learns more about the reasons behind the destruction of Earth as well as the horrifying secrets behind the aniarw plan.


Aniara – Harry Martinson

InMartinson published a complete volume of poems, Aniarawhich was an expanded version of the Doris and Mima cycle. 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.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here What has been lost — an earth laid to waste there are memories of: Subsequent attacks by Swedish left-wing authors accused him of being out of touch with a new generation of political activists less prone to “sweet resignation”.

A malfunction knocks the craft off course, taking these would-be Mars anira on an irreversible journey into deep space.

Aniara – Poem by Harry Martinson

But there is no protection from mankind. I shall relate what I have heard of glass and then you’ll understand. An impossible task, to be sure. A central role is played by the ship’s computer, the Mima, which is not just intellectually superior to any human – it also harbors deep emotions and dies from grief when it witnesses the Earth’s destruction. Her steering gets knocked aniada, her SOSs go unanswered, her AI kills itself after it sees Earth be destroyed in a nuclear holocaust, and the Aniara and her thousands of passengers are sent hurling on a 15, year journey towards Vega, with only their memories for company.

Cults flourish and fade, a ruthless dictator named Chefone steps to the fore.

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