Aniara: A Review of Man in Time and Space

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Martinson, Harry. Aniara: A Review of Man in Time and Space. Swedish, 1956. Hugh Macdiarmid and Elspeth Harley Schubert, trans. New York: Knopf, 1963. New York: Avon, 1976, as #24 in Equinox SF Rediscovery Series.

Epic poem in 103 cantos. Avon title page says their English version was "Adapted from the Swedish," but see p. 54 for note that canto "42 was omitted, in agreement with the author, as untranslatable"—which augurs well for close, authorized trans. elsewhere. In his introd., Tord Hall says that Aniara is "a symbolic poem about our own age, and the symbols have been taken from modern science" (vii). See for motif of the generation starship. See this Category, citation for R. Heinlein, "Universe"; see under Drama, entry for K.-B. Blomdahl.