Aniara [Harry Martinson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Aniara has ratings and 79 reviews. Lisa said: Of all Nobels on my shelves, Harry Martinson’s Aniara is the one I have reflected on the most, unable t. Harry Martinson (May 6, – February 11, ) was a Swedish sailor, author and poet. In he was elected into the Swedish Academy. He was awarded.

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Aniara show the human need to control fate as well as the horrors born from conflicts between different groups. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Martinson explores how people deal with these challenges by presenting us with the microcosm of the ship. It’s a real shame that this should be his legacy, because it overshadows a rags-to-riches talent that in its best moments bordered on rare genius.

This is verse that makes the hair anaira my skin stand on end, both martinsin to its linguistic beauty and its message.

Nonetheless, he was engaged in the world events of his time. According to Martinson, he dictated the initial cycle as in maritnson fever after a troubling dream, affected by the Cold War and ,artinson 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.

View or edit your browsing history. Stanza by stanza, most of it is really great ,artinson. The main message of Aniara”my child” as Martinson called it, is the need to take care of Mother Earth. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Aniara is a book of prophecy, a panoramic view of humanity’s possible fate. Swedish musician Kleerup released an album based on Aniara in It sounds like a potentially cheap sci-fi movie, it is actually a pretty fucking great sci-fi story except told in verse.


It’s staring cold outside. The whole story is told mainly by the voice of a narrator to the bitter end. The poem consists of cantos and relates the tragedy of a space ship 4, m 15, ft long and m 2, ft wide which, originally bound for Mars with a cargo of colonists from the ravaged Earth, after an accident is ejected from the solar system and into an existential struggle. He had fallen ill with tuberculosis and spent several periods of time in sanatoriums.

Both Martinson and his co-recipient Eyvind Johnson were members of the Academy. And now that the passengers are left alone to fend for themselves, they soon revert to baser instincts.

The great trouble is to take great trouble. We trade coins of diverse denominations: Yet it is not bitter indignation that gives the presentation its power, nor is there any self-pity in the portrayal of Martin.

It’s unbelievable this gem is out of print and I was lucky to find a second hand copy from some ob Oh, how I wish I could understand the original Swedish version!

His lyric poetry is ajiara d by the Swedish people. Of all the Nobel Prizes in Literature, the one awarded to Martinson and Johnson in is probably the most disputed.

Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem by Harry Martinson

He also began to write, and eventually had many of his poems published in labor movement newspapers. There was an additional ground for criticism, however.

And the lake holds its immense spoon up to all hharry mouths. It was inspired by the events of WW II and by news of the hydrogen bomb in The Prepper Room Dedalus Europe. You are commenting using your WordPress. These schemes fail, as the humans are too aware of the tricks and only feel more definitely detached from the earth they left behind.

The ship encounters an asteroid and has to make an evasive manoeuvre. Some saw Martinson as a reactionary anti-progressive. People retreat into memories hsrry their life before entering the ship, even if the worlds left behind seem hellish.


Outwardly, this book is about hoboes in Sweden at the turn of the 20th century, but its plot is not its most important element. Trying to describe Aniara is like telling you what a song sounds like whitout singing: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Martinson left the life of the sailor in You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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.

Want to Read saving…. 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. Seven Sixes Are Forty-three. 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.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. It was also an influence for Poul Anderson’s hard science fiction novel Tau Zero. Aniara is a cautionary tale, holding up the mirror of regret when it is too late: His father, Martin Olofsson, was something of an adventurer who was infamous for his drinking.

At some points, Martin is described as false, cowardly and fawning.

Aniara, by Harry Martinson

See all 4 reviews. Eventually the ship breaks down too severely to be repaired and death comes for all who remain. Fixed broken links May 30,