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Aniara: En revy om människan i tid och rum

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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. Aniara is the story of a luxurious space ship, loaded with 8,000 evacuees, fleeing an Earth made uninhabitable by Man's technological arrogance. A malfunction knocks the craft off cour ...more
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published 1981 by Bonniers (first published 1956)
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Jun 25, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, nobels
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-
Wart Hill
Dec 14, 2013 Wart Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wart by: Goose
they played a game of chess with infinity.

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. In Swedish. Did I mention Swedish?

This poem is amazing.
So, for those not in the know I'm a huge metal fan. I've been bee-bobing around my spotify, listening to Seventh Wonder, a Swedish Prog Metal band. If you did not know, Progressive bands LOVe long epic songs. Thus, the Great Escape was made, a song about Aniara.

I, of course, must know more. AS it turns out, tracking down English translations of this epic poem are a bitch. Luckily, I found a copy on open library and checked it out.

Aniara is the titular space ship in which the characters of this p
Sep 10, 2011 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
oh my good friends, i've stumbled on a little treasure that is hidden wonder. billed as an 'epic science fiction poem', 'aniara' was the crowning achievment of harry martinson. i came across this author, while digging into past nobel prize winners and seeing that martinson (along with another member of the swedish academy - yeah that's the group that decides who wins the award) was given the nobel prize over that years favorites: graham greene, vladimir nabokov, and saul bellow. bellow eventuall ...more
Apr 03, 2015 fonz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Metáfora muy negra de la trayectoria vital del ser humano, perdido en el estéril vacío de un cosmos inmenso e indiferente. Un viaje terrible en el que en todo momento cargamos con el atroz conocimiento de que vamos hacia una muerte vacía de significado (una idea que Thomas Ligotti emplea y amplía en su "La conspiración contra la raza humana"), y con la convicción de que lo malo que ocurre en el mundo es culpa nuestra.

Me ha gustado mucho como Martinson, un poeta que nada tiene que ver con el géne
Santiago L. Moreno
"Aniara" es un poemario constituido por 103 cantos, publicado en 1956 por el premio Nobel sueco Harry Martinson y ahora traducido y prosificado por Carmen Montes Cano. Cito su nombre porque es obligado, puesto que la tarea de volcado al castellano se me antoja un auténtico tour de force. Personalmente, he tardado en aclimatarme a ese proceso, pero una vez asimilado, la lectura se ha convertido para mí en una auténtica delicia, un proceso de navegación tan armónico que la primera palabra que acud ...more
Greg Fanoe
Nobel Prize Project
Year: 1974
Winner: Harry Martinson

Review: 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,
Jun 27, 2014 Bbrown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"That was how the solar system closed
its vaulted gateway of the purest crystal
and severed spaceship Aniara’s company
from all the bonds and pledges of the sun.

Thus given over to the shock-stiff void
we spread the call-sign Aniara wide
in glass-clear boundlessness, but picked up nothing.

Though space-vibrations faithfully bore round
our proud Aniara’s last communiqué
on widening rings, in spheres and cupolas
it moved through empty space, thrown away.

In anguish sent by us in Aniara
our call-sigh faded ti
Dec 31, 2016 Bjorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweden
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
Billy O'Callaghan
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Vi kom från jorden, Doris land,
klenoden i vårt solsystem,
det enda klot där Livet fått
ett land av mjölk och honung.
Beskriv de landskap som där fanns,
de dagar som där grydde.
Beskriv den människa som i glans
sitt släktes likdräkt sydde
tills Gud och Satan hand i hand
i ett förstört, förgiftat land
kring berg och backar flydde
för människan: askans konung.

I love these old science-fiction classics. They are peculiar and unafraid of standing out, sharp and clever, and alway
Jun 13, 2016 Todor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, how I wish I could understand the original Swedish version! 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.

What a grand idea, a science fiction poem! Poetry in and about space, the tragic flaw of the main character (our species) shut in a capsule and shot into cosmic dimensions.

It's unbelievable this gem is out of print and I was lucky to find a second hand copy from some ob
Daniel Westman
Nov 22, 2014 Daniel Westman rated it it was ok
Aniara känns arkaisk, omständlig och perfekt om man vill ta kål på läsintresset hos en tonåring. Om man älskar poesi och domedagsprofetior får den nog ett högre betyg.
Jan 20, 2016 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En av mina absoluta favoritböcker. Så vackert. Stressade dock igenom den denna gång, men vet att jag kommer läsa den igen.
Camilla Wallin Bergström
Eerie and somber. Though the rhythm of the verse can seem a bit strained at times, Martinson masterfully builds up a sense of terrible inevitability.
One of my favorite books ever. A swedish poetic dystopian sci-fi :-D
Nov 15, 2016 NocturnalBlaze rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Un curioso libricino che racconta la vicenda di un'astronave alla deriva, senza più un luogo a cui tornare e senza la possibilità di approdare ad un nuovo inizio, perduta nello spazio e destinata ad una lunga parabola discendente e ad una inevitabile e tragica fine. Una sorta di poema epico rivisitato in chiave fantascientifica che, nonostante le premesse apparentemente interessanti, non mi ha minimamente coinvolta e poco mi ha trasmesso.
Il più grande problema che ho riscontrato è stato - e qui
Feb 19, 2017 Haba_elkholy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رابط تحميل رواية إنيارا
Katie Higgins
It's a shame that it's so hard to find copies of the English translation of this work, but it should speak for itself that I have zero regrets about spending $60 for a used paperback. Best $60 I've spent in a while, in fact. How can you go wrong with epic Swedish apocalyptic sci-fi poetry?

I was actually introduced to Martinson's poem by the Swedish progressive metal band Seventh Wonder's song "The Great Escape," which is 30 minutes long for a reason. It's an epic. Here's a link if you haven't h
Jul 25, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can always count on the Scandinavians for bleakness. Comprised of 103 cantos, or "songs," this is a dark, depressing exploration of the minuteness of man. At its best and for the most part, the language is lyrical, but there are times when it gets lost in made-up words half influenced by science-fiction and half influenced by Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky."

The first 29 cantos, published separately at an earlier date, are the most passionate, describing the ravished Earth, the launch of the
Mar 06, 2009 Josiah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not read any Swedish post-apocalyptic epic poetry before, so this was rather a new experience. The author adroitly developed a science fiction background to examine the issues of the day: nuclear war, totalitarianism, and the plight of refugees. He posits the solitary ship as a microcosm for the exploration of social problems joined to the problems of the individual. The ANIARA is a spaceship that has been thrown off course, bound for no destination within any human lifespan, surrounded b ...more
Nov 27, 2011 Anders rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
An immense spaceship drifts deeper into space, away from an Earth ravaged by nuclear holocaust. Wonderfully melancholic and at times painfully tragic, reading Harry Martinson's sci-fi poem (here in the original Swedish) is a great but uneven experience. I found the first third or so, as well as the finale, to be the most powerful, while the middle part failed to hold my interest in the same way. Some parts are excellent, but at other times the text feels confusing and contrived. I'm also not cra ...more
Haolin Huang
Dec 09, 2016 Haolin Huang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mima will guide you
A strange poetic epic tragedy, awkward or awkwardly translated perhaps, but with moments--"a tiny bubble in a glass of God," "I questioned myself but quite forgot to answer."

The awkward moments include a full-blown "Cult of the Vagina," some random rhyming, and sometimes both together: "O nuda now/in nudis glow/under mandola's moon for two./Libidella/unclad in nudinell/lift towards stella/moon-pale your nudibell". I couldn't make this stuff up. I give Martinson points, though, for being enterta
Scott Cox
This is somewhat of a science fiction novel, albeit one with a warning message. Swedish Nobel Prize laureate Harry Martinson wrote this during the height of the cold war. So the warning message is of the effects of nuclear disaster, in this case a hydrogen bomb has destroyed the earth sending 8,000 survivors on a survival space ship trek. Martinson's prose are excellent, sometimes quite poetic. One example: "How hard to keep one's faith in life to come. How right to have the wish for life to com ...more
Harry Martinson's famous book length poem about a spaceship which is supposed to carry immigrants from an earth quarantined due to radiation poisoning to Mars, which goes off course and will spend the next several thousand (million?) years heading towards the constellation Lyra. Am about 1/4 of the way through now, reading fairly fast to get a sense of the whole so I'm missing a few words that I don't have time to look up. Really interesting in any case, and I've been wanting to read it through ...more
Jan 13, 2015 Noora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2015
Dear me, this was good. Fantastic. Mind-blowingly-awesome.

The story of Ariana is set in space, but aside from a colony of humans trapped in a lost spaceship, it's really about humanity and our human need for freedom to choose our path. We all know that our lives will one day come to an end, but still we feel somehow able affect when and how. But what becomes of the human psyche, if this freedom is taken from us? The poetic form of Aniara emphasises the painfully beautiful, tragic, and hopeful mo
Silvio Curtis
Kind of disappointing. Stanza by stanza, most of it is really great poetry. 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.

The book is organized as a succession of short poems about the people living on a spaceship that is drifting away from the solar system after being disabled by an accident. The main theme is to contrast their longing for Earth with the horror of their memories of the n
Glorious: this epic science fiction poem tells the story of a spaceship containing the last survivors of humanity from a post-nuclear war Earth, but now they are headed off course and doomed. It's intensely sad but always engaging: its use of language combines Lewis Carroll-style childhood wonder with the "ark of civilization" you get from Homer's epics. The science is good too; overall, it makes a lasting impression, so that just the word "Aniara" has a powerful effect on me as loaded with sign ...more
Sep 26, 2014 Sebastian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ungewöhnlich und interessant. Nicht wahnsinnig einfach zu lesen und zu durchdringen, aber dennoch nimmt es einen gefangen.
Drauf gekommen bin ich nur aufgrund des Songs "The Great Escape" von Seventh Wonder, einem 30minütigen Epos, das auf Aniara basiert. Der Plot war mir daher schon bekannt, dennoch bleiben auch nach dem Lesen noch viele Facetten, die ich wohl nicht ganz erfasst habe. Ich werde es definitiv noch einmal lesen, denn die Sprache, die Lyrik, ist beeindruckend!
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Harry Martinson (May 6, 1904 – February 11, 1978) was a Swedish sailor, author and poet. In 1949 he was elected into the Swedish Academy. He was awarded a joint Nobel Prize in Literature in 1974, "for writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos.", together with fellow Swede Eyvind Johnson. The choice was very controversial, as both Martinson and Johnson were members of the academy and h ...more
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“Hur svårt att tro på livet efter detta.
Hur rätt att önska livet efter detta.
Det är att visa glädje vid att leva
och lust att till dess skönhet återvända.”
“now we have fathomed what our space-ship is
--a tiny bubble in a glass of God.”
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