The Dwarf, novel by Pär Lagerkvist, published in Swedish in as Dvärgen. Set during the Italian Renaissance and cast in the form of a journal, it is a study of . The Dwarf is a strange little book written by a Swedish Nobel Prize winner blame Lagerkvist for being a little disillusioned with the humanity. Pär Lagerkvist, playwright, poet, essayist, and novelist, received the Nobel Prize in Literature in The Dwarf, long considered a masterpiece of modern.
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I loved the book. The king of this place is addressed all through the novel as Prince with capital P.
The Dwarf – Pär Lagerkvist
Futility is the foundation upon which it rests. A true Nobel Laureate with an eternally relevant message. Really, he revels in anything that will destabilize people, their sense of well-being and their struggle for good. All of this is set so we can see clearly our own propensity to vice and foibles. It seems to be a political dwaff that alludes to Hitler in Nazi Germany.
A disastrous military adventure ends in defeat, and an attempt to take back control through a treacherous and murderous trick ends in a siege of the city which causes famine, starvation, and ultimately plague and death. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article.
My race is detestable to me. Are we all evil? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. November Learn how and when to remove this template message. The best way I think I could describe it is that it’s about observation and perception, and how a society’s collective emotions invariably transfer to even the most silent and optimistic. The plot is rather simple and fable-like, it consists of war, tragic romance and a plague, so really all your renaissance staples.
View all 11 comments. I still belong to the castle just as much as before! He watches the human goings-on with a certain detachment and a great deal of disgust. I live only my dwarf life. But he is also extremely devious. Gradually, Piccoline is drawn deeper and deeper into the conflict, and he inspires fear and hate around him as he grows to represent the fascination of the masses with violence.
The hateful narrator, a court dwarf, tells the story of the community from the perspective of the badly treated, violently ridiculed and bullied outsider. The plot points, war and intrigue, could come from any number of other works set in this period, and move the story briskly along, but the desolate philosophy underlying the action holds a singular fascination and weight.
This is quite a dark book. Indeed, there are several allusions in the book that Piccoline physically represents the evil in the prince, and thus depicts the evil in human nature.
dwarc Email required Address never made public. I eat my own splenetic flesh. It is my fate that I hate my own people. That is what happens at last to the dwarf in the novel. Sep 04, Nate D rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Here are samples of his rants:.
At some points in the novel, especially towards the end, it appears that the dwarf could be the embodiment of the dark sides of the prince himself, and not a real, separate person.
The war ends up a failure. Paperbackpages. The Dwarf is a ewarf novel, but it moves swiftly and deeply. Meanwhile many had flood to the capital city seeking refuge. The Dwarf discussion 23 26 Jun 29, I m going to have to get this kinna had a look at it when you did your ten overlooked post a few weeks ago ,sounds just up my road ,all the best stu.
The Dwarf is translated from the Swedish by Alexandra Dick. Views Read Edit View history. But I hate myself too. It may be cruel, but war and cruelty go together; there is no getting away from it. I love Lagerkvist for his thoughts on religion.
The Dwarf plays his role in encouraging the downward spiral. What is the dark secret? Apr 19, Kinga rated it liked it. Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact dwart if any clarifications are needed.
The Dwarf – Pär Lagerkvist – Kinna Reads
He is feared by everyone and held to be responsible for all the events in the city. But then when compared with his other works, the jottings are bare minimum. The twist is our little narrator, though.