"I have noticed that sometimes I frighten people; what they really fear is themselves. They think it is I who scare them, but it is the dwarf within them, the ape-faced manlike being who sticks up his head from the depths of their souls."Pär Lagerkvist's richly philosophical novel The Dwarf is... show more
"I have noticed that sometimes I frighten people; what they really fear is themselves. They think it is I who scare them, but it is the dwarf within them, the ape-faced manlike being who sticks up his head from the depths of their souls."Pär Lagerkvist's richly philosophical novel The Dwarf is an exploration of individual and social identity. The novel, set in a time when Italian towns feuded over the outcome of the last feud, centers on a social outcast, the court dwarf PIccoline. From his special vantage point Piccoline comments on the court's prurience and on political intrigue as the town is gripped by a siege. 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.
Publish date: January 1st 1958
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Pages no: 228
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Nobel Prize
, Scandinavian Literature
, Swedish Literature
At times a reading both fun and exhilarating, and occasionally periodic moments of disgust or despair. But between these covers hatred is seriously examined and accounted for. As the back cover blurbs suggest, there turns out to be absolutely no hope for anyone's redemption. And only a small pers...
Ένα αλληγορικό κείμενο πάνω στα όρια της κακίας, του νάνου, που ενυπάρχει σε όλους μας, μια βουτιά στο άδυτο της μισανθρωπίας και του μηδενισμού.An allegorical text on the borders of malice, on the dwarf, which is inherent in all of us, a dip in the sanctuary of human misanthropy and nihilism.
The Dwarf is a strange little book written by a Swedish Nobel Prize winner some time during WWII. It’s a rather allegoric story narrated by a dwarf living on the court in an unnamed Italian city probably in the 15th century, but actually all the hints point us in the same direction as Machiavelli’s ...
What "The Prince" by Machiavelli could and might have been without being all that unbearably Machiavellian. The world and meaning of life according to an amazing villain who may be half height, but is double evil too. Great to read when you fall in hate with someone. The Dwarf will teach you to hate...
Love this story about a twitter and bisted little man.