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Pär Lagerkvist (1891–1974)

Author of Barabbas

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About the Author

Swedish novelist, poet and playwright Par Lagerkvist was born on May 23, 1891 in Vaxjo, Sweden. He attended the University of Uppsala briefly, but did not complete a degree. His first book was published in 1912, the same year he left the University. In 1913 Lagerkvist moved to Paris. He lived show more abroad, mainly in France and Italy, for many years, and even after returning to Sweden, he traveled frequently in Europe. In his earlier writing, Lagerkvist was often bleakly pessimistic. His strong opposition to totalitarianism was voiced in the plays Victor in the Darkness and The Man without a Soul. In the 1940s, however, his focus shifted, and his writing began to explore religious and moral themes, such as the struggle between good and evil or reconciliation with God. Works from this period include The Sibyl, The Death of Ahasuerus, Herod and Mariamne, and The Dwarf. Although he is now probably best known for The Dwarf, which was first published in the 1940s, Lagerkvist's first international success came in 1951, with the publication of Barrabas, a story about the life of the biblical character after he, rather than Jesus Christ, was pardoned. Barrabas was translated into several languages, and adapted as both a play and a movie. Par Lagerkvist was named as one of the 18 "immortals" of the Swedish Academy in 1940. Several years later, in 1951, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died in Stockholm on July 11, 1974. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Pär Lagerkvist

Barabbas (1944) 1,402 copies
The Dwarf (1944) 1,099 copies
The Sibyl (1956) 518 copies
The Death of Ahasuerus (1960) 179 copies
Guest of Reality (1925) — Author — 141 copies
Pilgrim at Sea (1962) 133 copies
The Hangman (1937) 122 copies
The Holy Land (1964) 97 copies
Herod and Mariamne (1967) 89 copies
Evening Land (1953) 62 copies
The Marriage Feast (1955) 57 copies
Dreadful Tales (1924) 55 copies
Dikter (1971) 53 copies
Själarnas maskerad (1930) 32 copies
Barabbas / The Dwarf (1944) 29 copies
The Eternal Smile (1971) 28 copies
The Eternal Smile [only] (1920) 17 copies
The Hangman / The Dwarf (1971) 9 copies
Valda dikter (1979) 8 copies
Kaos (2001) 7 copies
Il sorriso eterno (2013) 6 copies
Ospite della realta (1992) 6 copies
Pilgrimen (1999) 6 copies
Den svåra resan (1985) 6 copies
I den tiden - 5 copies
Prosa 5 copies
La mia parola è no (2007) 5 copies
Samlade dikter (2014) 5 copies
Motiv 5 copies
Let Man Live (1950) — Author — 4 copies
Hjertets uro : [dikt] (1981) 3 copies
Dikt i utvalg 3 copies
Brev (1991) 3 copies
Antecknat (1977) 3 copies
Mahayatra (2002) 2 copies
Genius 2 copies
Poesie (1991) 2 copies
Zło (1986) 2 copies
Gedichte (1962) 2 copies
Sång och strid 2 copies
Valda sidor 2 copies
Wybór prozy (1986) 2 copies
Dramatik 1 copy
EL ENANO 1 copy
Antologia do conto moderno — Author — 1 copy
W sercu genesis (1992) 1 copy
Five early works (1989) 1 copy
Ben 1 copy
Onda sagor 1 copy
Opere 1 copy
Barabbas / The Sibyl (1983) 1 copy

Associated Works

Great Stories by Nobel Prize Winners (1959) — Contributor — 77 copies
Religious Drama 3: An Anthology of Modern Morality Plays (1959) — Contributor — 55 copies
Nobel Writers on Writing (2000) — Contributor — 14 copies
Meesters der Zweedse vertelkunst — Author, some editions — 10 copies
Verhalen omnibus (1967) — Contributor — 7 copies
Stella Polaris : fantastiske fortellinger fra Norden (1982) — Contributor — 6 copies
Zweeds verhaal achttien moderne Zweedse schrijvers (1987) — Contributor — 4 copies
Five Modern Scandinavian Plays (1971) — Author — 3 copies
Tredive mesterfortællinger — Author, some editions — 3 copies
The Undying Past (1961) — Contributor — 2 copies


Common Knowledge



Barabbas, by Nobel prize winner Par Lagerkvist, was about the man who was to be crucified and Jesus took his place. It's told mainly in the POV of Barabbas, from when he witnessed Jesus' crucifixion until his own crucifixion many years later. We also see the POV from a few other people that Barabbas encounters. Barabbas is very curious about the young rabbi, Jesus, and asks a lot of questions of Jesus' followers. He is not a believer, but he says he wants to believe. A short book that made me think.… (more)
LisaMorr | 24 other reviews | Mar 4, 2024 |
I have read several Par Lagerkvist novels that I would consider masterpieces, such as Barabbas, The Sibyl, and The Dwarf. Those are three unforgettable novels that are so simply written and easy to read, yet also exemplify the personal understandings and philosophies of so many people around the world when it comes to faith and understanding humanity. Unfortunately, I found that Herod and Mariamne did not present any ideas that I could connect to.

Herod is the Jewish client king of Jerusalem who builds the Second Temple and then orders the Massacre of Innocents. Lagerkvist presents him as a gross, detestable tyrant. Mariamne is a Jewish woman with a familial connection to the Maccabee revolt. Lagerkvist presents her as a delicate, innocent woman who is far better than Herod. Nevertheless, when Herod sees her, he must marry her. They try but are unable to connect with each other on an emotional or spiritual level, and eventually they have a violent "falling out."

I know there was a message about tyranny and love somewhere in this quick novel - it can be read in about two or three hours - but I could not find it. Lagerkvist is such a talented philosopher that I'm sure smarter readers than me can connect with this book.
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mvblair | Feb 14, 2024 |
I'm not completely sure what to make of this but I was completely caught up in reading it. The world seemed so real.
amyem58 | 8 other reviews | Jan 7, 2024 |
"Não odeias o deus que te tratou dessa maneira, que te fez tudo isso? Não odeias esse ser tão absurdamente cruel?
A velha esperou um pouco antes de responder: parecia refletir. Depois, disse:
Não sei quem ele é. Como poderia, assim, odiá-lo? Ou Amá-lo? Em verdade, parece-me que não o odeio, e que não o amo.
Pensando bem, acho que tais palavras não têm sentido quando se trata dele. Não é como nós e não podemos compreendê-lo. É incompreensível, insondável. É deus."

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Filomena_vitorino | 8 other reviews | Jun 28, 2023 |



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