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 Aniara flies onwards, into the great unknown. He switches style from canto to canto, examining different characters, different aspects, different ways of trying to cope with the uncopeable.

Review: Aniara by Harry Martinson

Well, in this case the Prize was the problem. You were well worth your award. A group of survivors after an apocalyptic catastrophe on Earth travel straight ahead, marfinson goal, in space, still mourning what they lost, and trying to make sense of their existence in ,artinson void.

Martinson tells it through the eyes of the AI operator whose job it is to keep the systems running as the years pass, the systems fail, and all the distractions – virtual reality and social media yes, inreligion, sex, music, science, even suicide – lose their allure and only the impossible vastness of space remains.


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As the flight of the ship progresses, the reader learns more about the reasons behind the destruction of Earth as well as the horrifying secrets behind the evacuation plan. I mean, how hard can it be to read about space travel in Swedish?

International Planetarium Society, Inc. And there are more than 6, languages in the world. The last passenger dies after some 25 years. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: One of my favorite books ever.

It was also an influence for Poul Anderson ‘s hard science fiction novel Tau Zero.

Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem by Harry Martinson

Taken on its own unusual terms, however, much of it is quite rewarding. 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”.

If the idea of an science fiction poem that confronts atomic age era fears appeals to you, this is about as good as it can be. A malfunction knocks the craft off course, taking these would-be Mars colonists on an irreversible journey into deep space.

Great talent can be found even in a small population. It sounds like a potentially cheap sci-fi movie, it is actually a pretty fucking great sci-fi story martimson told in verse. The Andromeda Galaxy was one of the sources that inspired the poem. Lists with This Book. March Learn how and when to remove this template message.


The book describes the attempts of the emigrants to cope with their fate: Aniara – Harry Martinson. Martinson explores how people deal with these challenges by presenting us with the microcosm of the ship. I am often sad about missing out on poetry in its original language, but wow, I am glad to be able to read Aniara in my native tongue.

Protesting we were innocent, we martiinson to reason without learned reference and in the language zniara of them were taught propound the barest modicum of sense. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem

The whole story is told mainly by the voice of a narrator to the bitter end. To be fair though, my expectations may have been unreasonably high.

My favorite poem of this book is Poem Some time in a far future, the Swedish poems Science fiction books poems Swedish science fiction Swedish speculative fiction martinsom Works by Harry Martinson Poems adapted into films.

What really matters seems to be the level of cultural activity in a country rather than gross numbers. A swedish poetic dystopian sci-fi: