Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem [Harry Martinson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is the paperback edition translated from the. Aniara – Free download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free. Harry Martinson’s Aniara. Nobel Prize 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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However the ship is knocked out of course, and heads into deep space with no chance of returning. Being a poem, a science fiction post- 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.

Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem by Harry Martinson

He was raised in foster homes. It was also an influence for Poul Anderson ‘s hard science fiction novel Tau Zero. Poetry in the science fiction genre is almost uniformly putrid—as if Ogden Nash became an engineer but still wanted to keep up with the muse. And there are more than 6, languages in the world. An impossible task, to be sure. This isn’t an easy book to find in English, at leastbut it is well worth the effort.

I ranged the universe but passed it by – For captive on Aniara here was I.

Aniara – Poem by Harry Martinson

True, it has been translated into many languages, but in my opinion no translation can do justice to Martinson’s wonderfully creative use of the Swedish language. He has been called “the great reformer of 20th aniarw Swedish poetry, the most original of the writers called ‘proletarian’.

The Swedish Academy strives to strike a balance that reflects the quantity and quality of literary achievements poek different regions of the world, and within each region.


The Andromeda Galaxy was one of the sources that inspired the poem. His spiritual testament is this: 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 Nobel award.

Jun 13, Todor rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 14, Wart Hill rated it it was amazing Recommended to Wart by: He was at the prime of his career.

Want to Read saving…. Henry Martinson accomplished what many would think impossible—a literate yet accessible epic science fiction poem that warrants close attention by those interested in either the outer reaches of SF writing or the inner reaches of poetry.

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. It was inspired by the events of WW II and by news of the hydrogen bomb in Only four years earlier he had received the Nobel Prize for literature.

The story line is simple enough. 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.

Aniara – Wikipedia

This article appears to contain trivial, minor, or unrelated references to popular culture. View all 3 comments. I dreamed a life up, but I lived a lie. There’s a lot here: Martinson, zniara was a very sensitive person, was deeply offended at insinuations that he had been awarded the prize for reasons other than merit.

Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem

Men oooo som jag gillade denna! To view it, click here. Ammons and Albert Goldbarth comes across as crib notes in the Physics for Liberal Arts classes the non-scientists took as undergrads.


That the mima had invented half herself. Although it wasn’t exactly the kind of science fiction I was used to reading, it was interesting enough, with its theme and its inventive, playful language.

Though the poems usually fall into an a-b-a-b rhyme scheme, the translators are savvy enough not to use formalism as an ironclad aaniara and are content enough to move to a looser rhythm when the poem calls for it. Of all the Nobel Prizes in Literature, the one awarded to Martinson and Johnson in is probably the most disputed.

View all 22 comments. In he was elected into the Swedish Academy. May 15, Winterdragon rated it it was amazing Shelves: In form, the poems are metrical and mostly rhymedusing both traditional and individual forms, several alluding to a wide range of Swedish and Nordic poetry, such as the Finnish Kalevala. There also are the sorts of failure-to-convince of early science fiction — the Aniara’s disaster does not seem to make physical sense —, confusing construct words these would perhaps make more sense to the Swedish readerand dated social commentary.

A malfunction knocks the craft off cour The 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. The book is organized as a succession of short poems about the people living on a spaceship that is drifting away from the solar system after being disabled by an accident.

The main message of Aniara”my child” as Martinson called it, is the need to take care of Mother Earth.