ISBN10: 0374521352 ISBN13: 9780374521356 Contributors: Lagerkvist Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (Tx) Published: Jun 1 1958 Weight: 0.55lbs. Height: 7.85" Width: 5.50" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
"I have noticed that sometimes I frighten people; what they really fear is themselves. They think it is I who scare them, but it is the dwarf within them, the ape-faced manlike being who sticks up his head from the depths of their souls."
P r Lagerkvist's richly philosophical novel The Dwarf is an exploration of individual and social identity. The novel, set in a time when Italian towns feuded over the outcome of the last feud, centers on a social outcast, the court dwarf PIccoline. From his special vantage point Piccoline comments on the court's prurience and on political intrigue as the town is gripped by a siege. 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.