Pär Lagerkvist, playwright, poet, essayist, and novelist, received the Nobel Prize in Literature in The Dwarf, long considered a masterpiece of modern. Complete summary of Pär Lagerkvist’s The Dwarf. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Dwarf. Analysis and discussion of characters in Pär Lagerkvist’s The Dwarf.

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The Dwarf has been interpreted in several ways, but is generally believed to be Lagerkvist’s attempt at creating a genuinely evil character illustrating the evil sides of man. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

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View all 6 comments. It’s only about pages and his style allows you to breeze through the narrative quickly. His mother sold him to the Prince, and since then he has been literally spit upon and kicked all of his life.

The prince’s daughter and her lover are also naive and foolish. November Learn how and when to remove this lagerkfist message. May be 4 and half stars.

Within its broad framework, the genre of the novel has encompassed an…. He hates almost every person at the court except for the prince who is the ruler of the city-staterather king than princeor rather aspects of him.

In The Dwarf, evil rests in chains; not vanquished, but waiting, like Milton’s Satan, or the Titans in classical mythology. Quite simply, the concept of the undead in popular culture is metaphorical.


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Nick Arvin’s Sporadic Blog. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. But maybe it’s just me? And the power he achieves arises, paradoxically, directly, from his dwarfish weakness and impotence. That is another important allusion to Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince. Publicist or Marketing Professional.

I thought I would find this book dark and foreboding when I read about it, but au contraire, I found what it essentially a diary by the dwarf who is the court favourite and confident of The Prince, totally absorbing, as if you have been drawn into the spider’s web of this man’s the dwarf’s psyche and modus operandi.

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. Thank you for your feedback. Filled with memorable epigrams for a doomed humanity.

Secularism was on the rise. A glimpse into the rancor of angst and despair and hate which supposedly exists within us all. In fact, the whole novel is in the form of dwarf’s recording of events.


The Dwarf is a prideful and fundamentally evil character. Literature has had numerous demons. The Greek word for a dwarf is “nanos” which gives us nano- in computing and mathematics. That little creature that pushes us to do despicable things for the thrill of it apparently.

The dwarf stands for the dark secret of any human being in general. The war comes to an end with the onset of the plague. LikeBe the first to like […]. Lagerkvist’s Piccoline is evil.


After lagfrkvist, he has managed to get his simple-minded jailer to bring his journal, so he can continue his account of all-consuming hatred.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in “for the artistic vigour and true independence of mind with which he endeavours in his poetry to find answers to the eternal questions confronting mankind.

The mercenary soldier-captain Boccarossa is also an example of a common human weaknesses, doing evil for money. The Dwarf is a strange book, both political in its approach but also much deeper than that. But then when compared with his other works, the jottings are bare minimum.

Slowly but steadily, life in lagerkvit city dissolves into chaos. And unlike the other books, the theme of religion is not extensively treated in this one. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. The Dwarf discussion 23 26 Jun 29, He writes things like this: The dwarf is a profound misanthrope and generally embodies all things evil.

As suffering replaces pleasure, the dwarf’s clever abuse of religious doctrine leads to fanatic belief and self-castigation. The base desire is the desire to kill the other, especially the one belonging to your race.

Share your thoughts with other customers. It is considered his most important and artistically innovative novel.