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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Dieu in n’existe pas. Only four years earlier he had received the Nobel Prize for literature. This article needs additional citations for verification. Poek 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.

My questions of myself got naiara reply. Some details that I particularly enjoyed are the description of the superhuman computer Mima this was inremember! And there are more than 6, languages in the world. The co-win in of Harry Martinson and Eyvind Johnson was considered controversial at the time, because both were members of the selection committee and both were pretty much unknown writers.

Aniara – Poem by Harry Martinson

May 15, Winterdragon rated it it was amazing Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.


An immense spaceship drifts deeper into space, away from an Earth ravaged by nuclear holocaust. With the loss of mima the mirror-world she created is lost as well, and thus the passengers turn to religion, whether the old ones of Earth, or factions worshipping the lost mima, or sex cults. Theodore Sturgeonreviewing a American edition for a genre audience, declared that “Martinson’s achievement here is an inexpressible, immeasurable sadness. 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.

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They were just supposed to be temporarily evacuated to Mars and Venus while Earth “recovers”. You were well worth your award. Oct 28, Randolph rated it it was amazing. Aniara is a book of prophecy, a panoramic view of humanity’s possible fate. Did I mention Swedish? Hence the title he gives the human species in the verse above: This isn’t an easy book to find in English, at leastbut it is well worth the effort.

And do not see. Martinson memorably compares the spaceship to “a bubble in the glass of God’s spirit”referring to the glacial movement of bubbles poeem glass, understood as a liquid with very high viscosity.

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Swedish poems Science fiction books poems Swedish science opem Swedish speculative fiction works Works by Harry Martinson Poems adapted into films. Refresh and try again. Nihilism conquers this microcosm, as the numbers of insane and suicides multiply.

However the ship is knocked out of course, and heads into deep space with no chance of returning. An impossible task, to be sure.

Sep 15, Billy O’Callaghan rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s an odd, thoroughly unique classic though sadly, it is currently out of print and very expensive. There’s a lot here: InSniara published a collection of poetry: He had a gift for improvisation similar to that of a good jazz musician. People retreat into memories of their life before entering the ship, even if the worlds left behind seem hellish.

Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem by Harry Martinson

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. It was inspired by the events of WW II and by news of the hydrogen bomb in Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. His pooem died when he was six, and his mother deserted him the following year.