Aniara: a review of man in time and space

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Story Line Press, 1999 - Fiction - 157 pages
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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 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.

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Review: Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem

User Review  - Kenneth - Goodreads

This epic science fiction poem is an outstanding work that deserves a wider readership. This book needs to be republished now! Read full review

Review: Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem

User Review  - Wart - Goodreads

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. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
11
Translators Note
27
Notes
151
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Martinson was an abandoned child (after his father's death, his mother left him and his six sisters and emigrated to America). At a young age, he ran away from his foster parents and went to sea. After returning to Sweden in 1927, ill with tuberculosis and destitute, he came under the care of his future wife, Moa Swartz, who became a well-known author in her own right. Shortly after his first poems appeared, Martinson's reputation as a poet to reckon with was made. Martinson's sense of language is astonishing and his puns sometimes dizzying. He possesses a talent for finding universal significance in a small detail. His novels, even when autobiographical, contain great symbolic depth and his characteristic verbal genius. "The Road" (1948), which tells the story of a tramp, is perhaps the best of them. Martinson was elected to the Swedish Academy in 1949, a notable achievement for a writer with no formal education. His masterpiece is the modern poetic epic "Aniara" (1956), about a spaceship driven off course and left to drift in infinity for eternity. Martinson has been called "the first poet of the space age.

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