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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Paperbackpages. We laugh, find a momentary recognition of reality, but we end up dismissing it as entertainment, as fiction.

Led by a charismatic dwaff strong prince, the courtiers live a life filled with festivities, art, science, fashion and sexual adventures. However he takes this sentence lightly, since, as he says, “soon the prince will need his dwarf again”. Piccoline states at the start of the novel that he is not human; he is a dwarf, an older tribe of life in our world, born misshapen and old at birth.

His feeling of humiliation and inferiority fuels his hatred for humanity, and lagerkcist begins to spin a web of intrigue that leads to disaster. As such, he views humanity as beneath him and struggles to make sense of our morality.

The dwarf is the narrator, obviously obsessed with writing down his experiences in a form of diary.

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He takes no joy in food and finds the idea of sex absolutely repulsive. This article needs additional citations for verification.

Return to Book Page. He schemes and plots always aiming for the worst possible outcome. In Lagerkvist was chosen as one of the “aderton” the eighteen of the Swedish Academy.


Sempre pronto a regressar. Meanwhile many had flood to the capital city seeking refuge. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. He is a terrifying figure. Perhaps the dwarf is that disconnected part of us that views our neighbors dispassionately, that steps outside of emotion. And I recognize everything within me, nothing ever comes up from my inner depths, nothing there is shrouded in mystery. Please provide an email address. They wage war on the Prince.

That is another important allusion to Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince. Novel, an invented prose narrative of considerable length and a certain complexity that deals imaginatively with human experience, usually through a connected sequence of events involving a group of persons in a specific setting.

The twist is our little narrator, though. Lagerkvist states that it is the hatred for one’s own race and love of violence. Refresh and try again. To prove it they have even welded me to it!

That itself is a warning I give to myself.


This is chronicled by the Dwarf, who is amoral and joyless He is disgusted by Don Ricardo’s dwzrf de vivre and has a “Hitlerian” set of values regarding food and sex.

In fact, the whole novel is in the form of dwarf’s recording of events. Articles needing additional references from November All articles needing additional references Articles containing Swedish-language text Articles that may contain original research from November All articles that may contain original research Dwatf with multiple maintenance issues All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from September I would describe rwarf story as something like a fable, told from the perspective of a 26 inch dwarf who is something like a “fool”-type character to a Prince during the Renaissance period in Italy.


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But then when compared with his other works, the jottings are bare minimum. I have noticed that sometimes I frighten people; what they really fear is themselves.

He laferkvist himself a superior being. He writes things like this: Laggerkvist reader eats it all up, page after page of a sociopath’s adventures.

Lagerkvist shows that the State and Individual are capable of evil. This “nanos” paints man, not as he likes to see himself, but as he really is, at least most of the time.

The mercenary soldier-captain Boccarossa is also an example of a common human weaknesses, doing evil for money. Each character demonstrates various vices and foibles: An allegorical text on the borders of malice, on the dwarfwhich is inherent in all of us, a dip in the sanctuary of human misanthropy and nihilism.

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. What would life be like if it were not futile? Contact our editors with your feedback.