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Preview — Aniara by Harry Martinson. 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.
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Aniara is the story of a luxurious space ship, loaded with 8, evacuees, fleeing an Earth made uninhabitable by Man’s technological arrogance. A malfunction knocks the craft off cour The great Swedish writer Harry Martinson published his masterpiece, Aniara, during the height of the Cold War – anara after the Soviet Union announced that it had exploded the hydrogen bomb.
A malfunction knocks the craft off course, taking these would-be Mars colonists on an irreversible journey into deep space. Aniara is a book of prophecy, a panoramic view of humanity’s possible fate. It has been translated into seven languages and adapted into a popular avant-garde opera. This volume is the first complete English language version and received the prestigious American Scandinavian Foundation Award.
Paperbackpages. Published November 1st by Story Line Press first published American Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Aniaraplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Of all Nobels on my shelves, Harry Martinson’s Aniara is the one I have reflected on the most, unable to put it into comprehensible context, and to give it an honest and fair evaluation.
I don’t claim to be able to do it now either, but I can’t stand the idea of this favourite being left to travel in a void, straight ahead into space without any recognition from me, the grateful reader. It has shaped my relation to Swedish literature more than anything else.
Being a poem, a science fiction post- Of all Nobels on my shelves, Harry Martinson’s Aniara is the one I have reflected on the most, unable to put it into comprehensible context, and to give it an honest and fair evaluation.
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. I actually bought an English translation, second hand but very expensive, because I thought I could read excerpts from it with my students, but in the end, Martinson’s language was so much connected to Swedish in my mind that I did not go ahead with the project. Of all the Nobel Prizes in Literature, the one awarded to Martinson and Johnson in is probably the most disputed.
Both were members of Svenska Akademien at the time, and they had to endure harsh criticism for receiving the prize from their own colleagues. It is still a sore chapter in Swedish literary history, and Martinson’s dramatic suicide is thought to be directly linked to the fact that he was deeply hurt by the reaction to the Nobel award.
Review: Aniara by Harry Martinson | Dawn of books
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. Aniara speaks for itself. A group of survivors after an apocalyptic catastrophe on Earth travel straight ahead, without goal, in space, still mourning what they lost, and trying to make sense of their existence in a void. The result is a strange 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.
While Wells in his The Island of Dr. Moreau still finds hope and solace in humankind’s heart despite wild experiments with horrible outcomes, the dystopia of the nuclear age is bleak, hopeless, an eternal trap. With one leg washed by surges of emotion, the other resting on emotive death, we’d often stand. My questions of myself got no reply. I dreamed a life up, but I lived a lie. I ranged the universe, but passed it by – for captive on Aniara here was I. The walls of grievous rage are closing on the fate we engineered.
These schemes fail, as the humans are too aware of the tricks and only feel more definitely detached from the earth they left behind.
Theirs is a world where God and Satan drop their eternal fight aniarra unite in mourning over the human disaster: 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. Aniara is a cautionary tale, holding up the mirror of regret when it is too late: You were well worth your award.
View all 22 comments. Sep 10, Jesse rated it it was amazing. View all 6 comments. Dec 14, Wart Hill rated it it was amazing Recommended to Wart by: I don’t know where to start with this review, so I’ll just leave that quote up there and say my goal is to learn Swedish so I can get a copy in the original language and read it again.
Did I mention Swedish? This poem is amazing. Las descripciones del viaje al principio del libro, o el canto 77 donde se describe una estrella muerta son puro sentido de mzrtinson maravilla. Dieu in n’existe pas. Dec 26, John rated it liked it. Apr 21, Santiago L. View all 4 comments. A spaceship hurtles towards a distant constellation, going faster than anything in human history but essentially standing still from a relative point of view.
That wasn’t the point, of course.
They were just supposed to be temporarily evacuated to Mars and Venus while Earth “recovers”. All of humanity being shipped out on spaceships – each one just making a routine trip, just on a much grander scale.
Except for the Aniara which gets hit by a meteor shower. Her steering gets knocked out, her SOSs A spaceship hurtles towards a distant constellation, going faster than anything in human history but essentially standing still from a relative point of view.
Her steering gets knocked out, her SOSs go unanswered, her AI kills itself jarry it sees Earth be destroyed in a nuclear holocaust, and the Aniara and her thousands of passengers are sent hurling on a 15, year journey towards Vega, with only hrry memories for company.
It’s staring cold outside. It sounds like a potentially cheap sci-fi movie, it is actually a pretty fucking great sci-fi story except told in verse. Martinson tells it through the eyes of the AI operator whose job it is to keep the systems running anjara the years pass, the systems fail, and all the distractions – virtual reality and social media yes, inreligion, sex, ahiara, science, even suicide – lose their allure and only the impossible vastness of space remains.
He switches style from canto to canto, examining different characters, different aspects, different ways of trying to cope with the uncopeable. Myself I questioned, but gave no reply. I dreamt myself a life, then lived a lie. I ranged the universe but passed it by – For captive on Aniara here was I. This book is 50 years old this year. It’s lost absolutely none of its power. Jan 16, Matilda added it.
Men oooo som jag hrry denna! Una sorta di poema epico rivisitato in chiave fantascientifica che, aniaraa le premesse apparentemente interessanti, non mi ha minimamente coinvolta e poco mi ha trasmesso.
Nov 25, Greg Fanoe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nobel Prize Project Year: 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. It’s a beautiful, though bleak, book filled with great lines and fine observations.
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. It’s an odd, Nobel Prize Project Year: It’s an odd, thoroughly unique classic though sadly, it is currently out of print and very expensive. My favorite poem of this book is Poem For lack of other words, you know, we call it sun haze.
I mean just that languages do not suffice to express everything contained in that spectacle. 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 billion suns. Has any human brain ever mastered all the words of the language of Xinombra?
Not a single one! Now do you understand? 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. I assume the fact that Harry Martinson has the most BS Nobel citation of all time didn’t hurt either “for writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos”.
I’m sure he won it for some more boring poetry, but it makes me happy that the writer of a book such as this won the Nobel, no matter how shady the circumstances. View all 3 comments.
May 26, Rebecka is hilarious, shut up rated it really liked it Shelves: I love these old science-fiction classics. They are peculiar and unafraid of standing out, sharp and clever, and always with critique hidden between the lines. 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.