|Martinson, Harry (1904-1978)|
Martinson was born at Jamshog in 1904. He was left an orphan at an early
age, and after a chequered childhood, in which the children's homes and
institutions were as numerous as the escapes, he went to sea at the age
of sixteen, spending six years of his life on board various ships and
as a workman in foreign countries.
In a later work, the novel Vagen till Klockrike, the description of the human side is devoted entirely to the relationship between the settled and the itinerant man within ourselves. A world of journeying in a still wider sense emerges in Aniara, an epic work about an imagined space flight with a perspective in depth towards our own time. In it, jostling for room in our consciousness, are our fears and our questions as to where we are heading, together with the planet that our generation is treating as it does.
Harry Martinson died in 1978.
From Nobel Lectures, Literature 1968-1980.