The Death of Ahasuerus
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A continuation of an allegorical tale by the great Swedish poet, playwright, novelist & essayist (followed by "Pilgrim at Sea", 1962 & being the 3rd installment of Lagerkvist's tetralogy consisting of Barabbas, The Sybil, The Death of Ahasuerus & Pilgrim at Sea) attempting to polarize the Christian ethos & modern attitudes,
Hardcover, 118 pages
Published May 28th 1982 by Vintage Books USA (first published January 1st 1960)
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So I thought this book was the beginning of a trilogy and in some ways it is because a main character is introduced here and lasts through the next two books. But I found out today that this book is the middle book in a pentalogy (or however that is spelled) because there is a string of five books that deal with the crucifixion. Not knowing this I read these five books entirely out of order which means I need to reread them all in order for things to make sense.

So they should be read as follows:...more
Rachael Moss
Par Lagerkvist won the Nobel. So, let me make this review real short and sweet: If you didn't also win the Nobel, and you gave this perfectly cut, flawless diamond of a novel anything but 5 stars, you're an asshole.

Yes. This is my review for every one of his novels I've ever read. I'm not ashamed of this.
Ethan Kaye
A great book for when you're going through your jewish mysticism phase.
Lagerkvist constantly amazes me.
Den har ar inte den langsta bok man kommer att lasa nagonsin, men det ar tung litteratur. Jag visste inget om boken innan jag laste den... faktiskt vet jag inget mer om den nu, sa jag kanske har misstolkat nagonting. Den verkar utspelar sig i medeltiden. Pesten namns, samt resor till den heliga landet, soldater, krig, osv. Den ar ocksa ganska tungt med religion och grubblandet over forhallandet med gud osv. Jag vet inte om boken ar min grej direkt, men det var intressant att lasa en gang iaf. En...more
"I've always liked wandering about, being alone, at peace. Perhaps that day I felt more need for it than usual - more need to get away from the others; I was weary of this meaningless existence, of the pointlessness of everything." (p 33)

Set during the age of medieval pilgrimages, the first part of Par Lagerkvist's short novel brings together two fascinating, yet mysterious characters. They include Tobias (a soldier who became a bandit) and a wandering saint who meet at an inn on the way to the...more
A very interesting story about religion and condition of men during all times. I loved most the fact that the book seems to depict events happened during early middle ages or late roman empire but it is yet so actual and so easily applied to all eras.
I loved it.
The book I read is translated into romanian. I do not have a copy in english or swedish.
Oana M.
Very easy to read, this book reunites interesting perspectives over the idea of life and death, of sin and purity. Although I wasn't able to grasp all its meanings, this book was quite relaxing and inspiring.
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Lagerkvist was born in 1891 in South-Sweden. In 1910 he went to Uppsala as a student and in 1913 he left for Paris, were he was much fascinated by the work of Pablo Picasso. He studied Middle Age Art, Indian and Chinese literature, to prepare himself for becoming a poet. His first collection of poetry was published in 1916. In 1940 Lagerkvist was chosen as one of the "aderton" (the eighteen) of th...more
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