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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For instance, the dwarf’s sarcastic take on love and peace; and religion and faith. His feeling of humiliation and inferiority fuels his hatred for humanity, and he begins to spin a web of intrigue that leads to disaster.

Someone at my book club mentioned that it was quite representative of Swedish or Scandinavian in general fiction not to strive for ambitious symbolism but settle for the very obvious. August 13, October 2, Kinna. The hateful narrator, a court dwarf, tells the story of the community from the perspective of the badly treated, violently ridiculed and bullied outsider.

Paperbackpages. Are we all evil?

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. What good does it do if they clap me in irons?

Thank You for Your Contribution! Keep Exploring Britannica Voltaire. Within its broad framework, the genre of the novel has encompassed an…. I ddn’t know what his other writing is like, but this was a really amazing book. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of He is the agent provocateur and the pagerkvist for all the terrible decisions that the Prince and some other characters make.


View all 4 comments. That is another important allusion to Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince.

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.

The beauty of culture, symbolised in Lagerkvist’s language, contains the ugliness of fascist thought. Sep 13, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: In Lagerkvist was chosen as one of the “aderton” the eighteen of the Swedish Academy. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. 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.

This novel can be seen as an allegory of the World Wars.


Here is the best ever monologue of the dwarf at this time: He leaves a trail of death and despair. There is a reference to Santa Croce being in the immediate surroundings, but this is possibly mixed up with the Basilica di Santa Croce di Firenzeso the story could actually be set in Florence.

October 4, at I picked it up again this week as one of my sons is reading it for class, and I was stunned at the chilling combination of the flawless, perfectly beautiful Swedish prose and the absolute negativity of the message it contains.


The Dwarf plays his role in encouraging the downward spiral. It seems to be a political book that alludes to Hitler in Nazi Germany.

He admires the Prince, though he is often baffled by him. The Dwarf is a fascinating and a riveting read.

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Now, once again connect the figure of Hitler lagerkviat the Prince and Hitler’s desire to rule over the world with the Prince’s waging war to destroy his enemy.

May be 4 and half stars. It is told from the point of view of a dwarf who is a servant in the king’s castle.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: They think it is I who scare them, but it is the dwarf within them, the ape-faced manlike being who sticks up its head from the depths of lagerkviwt souls. He rails against love and abhors physical contact with any living being. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica.