The great Swedish writer Harry Martinson published his masterpiece, Aniara, during the height of the Cold War – right after the Soviet Union. Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem [Harry Martinson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is the paperback edition translated from the. 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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It has been translated into seven languages and adapted into a popular avant-garde opera. The book is not currently in print. A bit of science-terminology — mostly invented — gives it a slightly different feel, but ultimately this is spiritual poetry, the voyage of the individual and of humanity, and what has been left behind, a world ruined by mankind, leaving the survivors adrift in space “where no god heard us in the endless void”.
And after twenty four years, the ship reaches the edge of the solar system, and the realisation hits that just sixteen light-hours have passed, and that the stars of Andromeda still lie uncountable lifetimes away. True, it has been translated into many languages, but in my opinion no translation can do justice to Martinson’s wonderfully creative use aaniara the Swedish language. El autor se esfuerza sobremanera por resultar incomprensible.
Aniara – Harry Martinson
Jun 13, Todor rated it really liked it Shelves: These schemes fail, as the humans are too aware of the tricks and only feel more definitely detached from the earth they left behind. I dreamt myself a life, then lived a lie. And while we voyage on toward certain death in spaces without land and without coasts, the mima gains the power to soothe all souls and settle them to quiet and composure before the final hour that man must always meet at last, wherever it be lodged.
Paperbackpages. Dec 14, Wart Hill rated it it was amazing Recommended to Wart by: Life goes on, but people will never be the same. This year, it has been 40 years since the Swedish Author Harry Martinson died.
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A malfunction knocks the craft off course, taking these would-be Mars colonists on an irreversible journey into deep space. 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.
Review: Aniara by Harry Martinson
I actually bought uarry English translation, second hand but very expensive, because I thought I could read excerpts from it with my students, but in aniarra end, Martinson’s language was so much connected to Swedish in my mind that I did not go ahead with the project. Thank you for your kind comment! Even though it is hard to understand and paradoxal and slightly odd at times, I really got a feeling for it.
They remind me that, from the start, the “science” in science-fiction refers not so much to spaceships and hovercrafts as it does social science. Aniara was Martinson’s great work, and a part of the reason for his Nobel prize for literature.
But a meteor shower drives the ship off course and sets them on a helpless drift towards the furthest reaches of the solar system. 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.
Aniara show the human need to control fate as well as the horrors born from conflicts between different groups. Notify me of new comments via email. Presented in cantos, the poem covers a journey that extends for years and then decades and then, ultimately, what amounts to an eternity.
While the poem is narrated by the Mimarobe, the one closest to the mima, defined by his role “I have no name. This work essentially won Martinson his Nobel Prize in literature, and despite the controversy the win was well deserved. It is still aniarx 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.
The main theme is to contrast their longing for Earth with the horror of their memories of the n Kind of disappointing.
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. Juicy scandals then, juicy scandals today.
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. 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.