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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This is a lyrical account of a group of people fleeing the destruction of Earth who are hurtled into the reaches outer space and are forced to confront the insignificance of mankind in the grand scheme of the cosmos.

ANIARA: An Epic Science Fiction Poem

Martinson memorably compares the spaceship to “a bubble in the glass of God’s spirit”referring to the glacial movement of bubbles in glass, understood as a liquid with very high viscosity.

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

The rooms of Mima, according to Martinson, represent different kinds porm life styles or forms of consciousness. Lists with This Book. 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.

As a result, he fell into a depression. The richest of the languages we know, Xinombric, has some three million words, but the galaxy you are watching now contains far more than ninety aniar suns.

Originally bound for Mars, the craft is instead launched out of the Solar System, and into an existential struggle that lends itself more to Teilhard de Chardin or Taoism than pulp science fiction. Pero con Aniara me ocurre que no puedo decirlo claramente. People retreat into memories of their life before entering the ship, even if the worlds left behind seem hellish.


Martinson, who was a very sensitive person, was aniarw offended at insinuations that he aniaara been awarded the prize for reasons other sniara merit.

The world is still developing in a direction where power to destroy is given to people with no sense of love and responsibility for the beautiful nature of our shared planet and our common cultural heritage.

The result is a aniada swaying back and forth between over-exalted emotions and complete numbness, – a scary feature of hopelessness which I recognise in many layers of global society today.

InMartinson published a complete volume of poems, Aniarawhich was an expanded version of the Doris and Mima cycle.

There are no children. Overall, I wanted to like “Aniara” more than I actually did; for me, the premise is better than the execution. Myself I questioned, but gave no reply. By peom this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. One of the space ships, Aniara, carries 8, emigrants. Even though naiara is hard to understand and paradoxal and slightly odd at times, I really got a feeling for it.

It’s a beautiful, though bleak, book filled with great lines and fine observations. It has shaped my relation to Swedish literature more than anything else. The poems tell the stories of its passengers and crew. And a long loud raspberry to the Goodreads developers, who never thought that one might have a need to control indentation.

Pero este poema opta por la oscuridad. Want to Read saving…. Men oooo som jag gillade denna! The Andromeda Galaxy was one of the sources that inspired the poem. 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. 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.

Here, the difficulty is compounded by the lack of experience of most foreigners of the Nordic summer, and of all the ppem and nostalgia that the short summer nights evoke in Nordic people. You were well worth your award. No trivia or quizzes yet.


There is a supercomputor for entertainment, a sex cult also for entertainmentreligious cults, and of course an evil commander. Nihilism conquers this microcosm, as the numbers of insane and suicides multiply. Iba dispuesto a que me gustara.

Aniara – Poem by Harry Martinson

View all 22 comments. Las descripciones del viaje al principio del libro, o el canto 77 donde se describe una estrella muerta son puro sentido de la maravilla.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Aniara was turned into an opera in Though aniata poems usually fall into an a-b-a-b rhyme scheme, the translators are savvy enough not to use formalism as an ironclad rule and are content enough to move to a looser rhythm when the poem calls for it.

He is not afraid, however, to package those emotions in black humor: 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. Has there ever been a brain that mastered all the words in the Xinombric language?

Aniara Poem by Harry Martinson – Poem Hunter

El autor se esfuerza sobremanera por qniara incomprensible. Cults flourish and fade, a ruthless dictator named Chefone steps to the fore. This volume is the first complete English language version and received the prestigious American Scandinavian Foundation Award. There was an additional ground for criticism, however.

As the journey gets longer and the ship strikes further into the emptiness of space the religion gets more extreme as the hopelessness becomes harder to bear: