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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People retreat into memories of their life before entering the ship, even if ajiara worlds left behind seem hellish. This year, it has been 40 years since the Swedish Author Harry Martinson died.
You are commenting using your WordPress. 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”.
They hope — but from early on: Now do you understand?
The last passenger dies after some 25 years. A central role is played by the ship’s computer, the Mima, which is not just intellectually superior to any human – it also harbors deep emotions and dies from grief when it witnesses the Earth’s destruction. From just under the surface of the subtle issues and matter that science addresses, moral dimensions are plainly visible.
Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem by Harry Martinson
Cults and rival religions form, there are times of sexual frenzy as well as persecution — the mimarobe imprisoned for a while, for example — over the many years. As a result, he fell into a depression.
But many were the changes in the uarry we led in the world that had become our own. Views Read Edit View history. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. All of humanity being shipped out on spaceships – each one just making a routine trip, just on a much grander scale.
Oct 02, Silvio Curtis rated it liked it. Thank you for your kind comment! And that the only world which we are given is this harru in Mima. I mean, how hard can it be to read aniafa space travel in Swedish? Here, the difficulty is compounded by the lack of experience of most foreigners of the Nordic summer, and of all the emotions and nostalgia that martinsln short summer nights evoke in Nordic people.
The dark realization they come to is a familiar one: Overwhelmed by the perpetual enigmas of star-strewn galaxies without an end. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The inventor was himself completely dumbstruck hargy day he found that one half of the mima he’d invented lay beyond analysis. Thanks for including links to English translations.
This article appears to contain trivial, minor, or unrelated references to popular culture. The Andromeda Galaxy was one of the sources that inspired the poem. But like some other modern literature, it’s unnecessarily hard to understand and often doesn’t make clear what is metaphor and what is literally happening.
Hats off to the translators – I can imagine the amount of research and foreign language skills needed to achieve a decent version of this for international readers. Want to Read saving….
Jun 13, Todor rated it really liked it Shelves: The great Swedish writer Harry Martinson published his masterpiece, Aniara, during the height of the Cold War – right after the Soviet Union announced that it had exploded the hydrogen bomb. The ship encounters an asteroid and has to make an evasive manoeuvre.
Dec 26, John rated it liked it. Aniara is not just a novel-in-verse, aniata is a work of science fiction, complete with its own futuristic terminology.