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The Dwarf

April 12, 2011

Pär Lagerkvist won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1951. These are the opening lines from his novel The Dwarf, it is a sort of allegory on evil.

I am twenty-six inches tall, shapely and well proportioned, my head perhaps a trifle too large. My hair is not black like the others’, but reddish, very stiff and thick, drawn back from the temples and the broad but not especially lofty brow. My face is beardless, but otherwise just like that of other men. My eyebrows meet. My bodily strength is considerable, particularly if I am annoyed. When the wrestling match was arranged between Jehoshaphat and myself I forced him onto his back after twenty minutes and strangled him. Since then I have been the only dwarf at this court.

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  1. Fat Al permalink*
    April 12, 2011 6:43 pm

    What?

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