Harry Martinson was born in 1904 in Jämshög in Blekinge county and died in Stockholm in 1978. After his father’s death, he was accorded as a parish child. However, he escaped and worked as a sailor 1919-1926.
Harry Martinson was awarded many different awards in his life time, including the De Nios Prize (1938), the SvD Literature Prize (1944), the
Bellman Prize (1951 and 1962), the Grand Prize for Literature Promotion (1955) and the 1974 Nobel Prize together with Eyvind Johnson. He became a member of the Swedish Academy in 1949 and a honorary doctor in Gothenburg 1954. He was married to the Swedish writer Moa Martinson 1929-40.
Harry Martinson’s previously light life – intoxicating poetry deepened over time and he gained a large register; heartfelt pieces of nature, stinging satire of time and an astronaut’s poem that in brilliant symbols describes the situation of modern man and poetry. Tender and self-critical depictions of childhood, exotic sailor memories and natural impressions oscillate between microscopically precise attention to detail and breath-taking cosmic perspectives.
Books by Harry Martinson
Dikter om ljus och mörker
Swedish title: Dikter om ljus och mörker
Pub date: 01-07-2016
In CAPE FARWELL Harry Martinson reflects on the sea and ports and nomad life. With flowery and rich associations he depicts furious cyclones and moonlight over calm waterways, stokers toil and tavern visits, tarts and the yearning for love and accomp…
Swedish title: Kap farväl!
Pub date: 07-02-2013
Essays of Nature
Swedish title: Naturessäer
Pub date: 24-11-2000
FLOWERING NETTLES is commonly regarded as Harry Martinson’s masterpiece of prose and is, still today, an exceptionally upsetting reading experience. The story of the parish boy Martin Tomasson and his fate as a child onon the farms where he is accomm…
Swedish title: Nässlorna blomma
Pub date: 28-04-2000
At the center of WAY OUT is the hobo Bolle and his travels through a Sweden that is soon about to fundamentally change through industrialization. Bolle has two ambitions: one, to escape from his Father’s tobacco business and become a musician, the ot…
Swedish title: Vägen till Klockrike
Pub date: 01-04-1998
ANIARA is a book-length, epic, science fiction poem. It narrates the tragedy of a large passenger spacecraft carrying a cargo of colonists escaping destruction on Earth veering off course, leaving the Solar System and entering into an existential str…
Swedish title: Aniara
Pub date: 01-03-1997
The Way Out
In THE WAY OUT, which came the year after FLOWERING NETTLES, Harry Martinson continued his autobiographical story of the parish boy Martin Tomasson and his twofold longing – the longing away from his overly harsh living conditions and the longing for…
Swedish title: Vägen ut
Pub date: 01-03-1993