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Ο Νάνος

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«Έχω ύψος εξήντα έξι εκατοστά, σώμα συμμετρικό, τα μαλλιά μου είναι κόκκινα και σκληρά, τα φρύδια μου σμίγουν· το πρόσωπό μου είναι αγένειο αλλά κατά τ’ άλλα σαν των άλλων ανθρώπων. Δεν είμαι γελωτοποιός. Εγώ είμαι ένας νάνος και μόνο νάνος· αλλά έχω φαρμακερή γλώσσα που μπορεί πότε πότε να προσφέρει τέρψη στους γύρω. Αυτό δε σημαίνει ότι είμαι και γελωτοποιός τους. Τ’ αφε ...more
Hardcover, Ειδική έκδοση σε συνεργασία με τη FAQ. Βραβεία Νόμπελ #21, 160 pages
Published July 29th 2010 by Καστανιώτης (first published 1944)
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Helen Stavraki
Ανώνυμε Πρίγκιπα- νάνε λυπάμαι ειλικρινά που ανήκεις σε αυτή τη διακεκαυμένη ζώνη της λογοτεχνίας η οποία δεν καταφέρνει να μου εγείρει κανένα συναίσθημα,κανένα προβληματισμό,κανένα ενδιαφέρον. Μου νέκρωσες και την τελευταία ικμάδα ελπίδας για μια υπαρξιακή αναζήτηση στο ευρύτερο ανθρώπινο πεδίο.

Διαβάζοντας το ημερολόγιο σου,το οποίο μάλλον φιλοδοξούσε να αναμετρηθεί με τη νύχτα του ψυχισμού,κατέρρευσε και ακυρώθηκε κάθε συναισθηματικό ρήγμα,κάθε λατρευτή μοναδικότητα που συνήθως αντιμετωπίζω δ
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Nickolas the Kid
Το βιβλίο είναι μικρό λογοτεχνικό διαμάντι, απο αυτά που τόσο απολαμβάνω το διάβασμά τους!!
Ο νάνος είναι μισάνθρωπος, μισογύνης (ή μήπως όχι) και κακός! Κακός και μοχθηρός.. Φθονεί τους πάντες και "χύνει" συνεχώς το δηλητήριο του.
Μέσα απο τον μονόλογο του νάνου ο συγγραφέας μιλάει για την ανθρώπινη κακία, τα κρυμμένα πάθη αλλά και την ηθική κατάπτωση της αριστοκρατείας...

Διάφορα πρόσωπα περνάν από τις σελίδες του βιβλίου. Πρίγκιπες, μισθοφόροι, γελοτοποιοί και πόρνες. Ο ζωγράφος/επιστήμονας της
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Kinga
Apr 19, 2014 Kinga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dwarf is a strange little book written by a Swedish Nobel Prize winner some time during WWII. It’s a rather allegoric story narrated by a dwarf living on the court in an unnamed Italian city probably in the 15th century, but actually all the hints point us in the same direction as Machiavelli’s Prince who was modelled on Cesare Borgia. In The Dwarf we also find Master Bernardo who is obviously Leonardo da Vinci (and who coincidentally also resided in Cesare Borgia’s court often.)

The plot is
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Ellie
Sep 20, 2015 Ellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μικρές, καθαρές προτάσεις συνθέτουν το ημερολόγιο ενός νάνου -ο οποίος δεν κατονομάζεται- που διατελεί ορντινάτσα ή ουρά ενός πρίγκηπα -ο οποίος επίσης δεν κατονομάζεται- σε μια χώρα και και μια εποχή που κρίνοντας από τις περιγραφές, ευκολα αναγνωρίζει κανείς την Ιταλία του 15-16ου (?) αιωνα. Πρόκειται για τα γνωστά παλάτια με πλήθος κόσμου να περιδιαβαίνει σε αυτά, καλλιτέχνες, ζωγράφοι, γελωτοποιοι, ιππότες κλπ. Αυτός δεν έχει το κλισέ προφίλ του νάνου γελωτοποιού αλλά αυτοσυστήνεται ως το δε ...more
Xenia Makri
Dec 05, 2016 Xenia Makri rated it really liked it
Οι προσωπικές σημειώσεις ενός Νανου σε κάποιο ιταλικό βασίλειο. Ένα καλογραμμένο εγκώμιο για την κακία που μπορεί να χωρέσει σε ένα μυαλό. Μικρές προτάσεις, εύστοχες περιγραφές.
Σε πολλά σημεία κατάφερε να με εκνευρίσει ο ήρωας,αλλα αυτή νομίζω ειναι η γοητεία του βιβλίου:Να ερεθίσει το μυαλό σου και ίσως να χάσεις την ηρεμία σου.
Θες να δεις πόση ακόμη κακια χωράει σαυτό το μικρό κορμί με το πανούργο μυαλό.
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Sophie
Jun 18, 2015 Sophie rated it it was amazing
Ένα αλληγορικό κείμενο πάνω στα όρια της κακίας, του νάνου, που ενυπάρχει σε όλους μας, μια βουτιά στο άδυτο της μισανθρωπίας και του μηδενισμού.

An allegorical text on the borders of malice, on the dwarf, which is inherent in all of us, a dip in the sanctuary of human misanthropy and nihilism.
Teresa
Sep 11, 2013 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-suecia, e4
"Os homens gostam de se ver reflectidos em espelhos turvos."

Que livro tão estranho...
Nem sei se gostei, ou não. Devo ter gostado, porque o li sem qualquer tentação de o abandonar ou ler em diagonal.

Picolino é um anão que se alimenta do ódio que sente por tudo e por todos. Apenas gosta de duas coisas: de guerra e de si próprio. Acha a morte natural e o amor uma aberração. "Ouvi em seguida os dois criminosos beijarem-se muitas vezes, afirmando o seu mútuo amor duma maneira infantil e um pouco balb
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Kristen
Nov 07, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy the smell of methadone and sadness in the morning
This sure feels like the type of book I would love: incredibly dark, misanthropic, (pseudo)philosophical. The dwarf Piccoline is one of the most miserably hateful characters I have encountered. Yet rather than luxuriating in his own hate, and allowing the reader to do the same, his evil is more a lack of humanity, his motivation as utilitarian as the author’s prose. Far from the anti-hero Underground Man, or the delicious villain Iago, Piccoline is somehow evil and completely indifferent. And pe ...more
Φαροφύλακας
Διάβασα τον "Νάνο" και είναι, πράγματι, ένα πολύ καλό βιβλίο.

Πρόκειται για τον μονόλογο ενός νάνου, αυλικού κάποιου Ιταλού πρίγκιπα σε κάποια παρελθούσα εποχή. Ένας νάνος κακός και κυνικός που μας εξιστορεί για τον πρίγκιπα του και για έναν πόλεμο με ξεκινά με κάποιον γείτονα.

Σκέφτομαι πως όταν η φύση έχει φανεί κακιά μαζί σου είναι αρκετά λογικό να κακιώνεις κι εσύ και πράγματι αυτός ο νάνος μοιάζει να μισεί τα πάντα κι ιδιαίτερα τούς ανθρώπους και όλα όσα αυτοί συνηθίζουν όπως το γέλιο και τον
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Dhanaraj Rajan
May be 4 and half stars.

I can speak much about this novel. That itself is a warning I give to myself. For I will be tending to blabber and bore the hell out of the reader. So instead, let me try to be precise with my observations and impressions by ordering them in neat points.

1. This is my fifth book by Lagerkvist. And unlike the other books, the theme of religion is not extensively treated in this one. I love Lagerkvist for his thoughts on religion. This novel bears some jottings on religion.
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Hadrian
Sep 13, 2011 Hadrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An evil little man talks about life. A glimpse into the rancor of angst and despair and hate which supposedly exists within us all.
Nate D
Sep 04, 2016 Nate D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: plague bearers
Recommended to Nate D by: knig
Bleakly narrated by one of the more memorably nihilistic characters in modern literature, The Dwarf is a tale of struggles of an Italian medieval city-state as it withers from within. 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. Filled with memorable epigrams for a doomed humanity. I'm not sure when this was written, but ...more
Tim Lepczyk
Oct 29, 2007 Tim Lepczyk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
This is quite a dark book. It's set in Italy in some vague renisance period. It is told from the point of view of a dwarf who is a servant in the king's castle. The dwarf believes he is of another race, not human. As such, he views humanity as beneath him and struggles to make sense of our morality. Is the dwarf evil? Are we all evil? Perhaps the dwarf is that disconnected part of us that views our neighbors dispassionately, that steps outside of emotion. I liked this. It read incredibly fast. A ...more
Michael
Nov 02, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read anything by Lagerkvist, but knew he had won the Nobel Prize for Literature in the early 1950s. I was browsing the shelves at my public library and decided to check him out. I ddn't know what his other writing is like, but this was a really amazing book. It's only about 200 pages and his style allows you to breeze through the narrative quickly. I would describe the story as something like a fable, told from the perspective of a 26 inch dwarf who is something like a "fool"-type cha ...more
Ioannis Savvas
Ο Νάνος είναι το προσωπικό ημερολόγιο ενός νάνου στην Αυλή ενός Πρίγκιπα της Αναγέννησης, σε ένα πριγκιπάτο κάπου στην Ιταλία. Ο νάνος παρακολουθεί όλα όσα γίνονται γύρω του. Πόλεμος, πολιορκία, δολοφονίες, εξαθλίωση, πανούκλα, έρωτες, θάνατοι. Καταγράφει τα πάθη του ανθρώπινου είδους: λαγνεία, ματαιοδοξία, τύψεις, ξεδιαντροπιά, πίστη. Όλα τα βλέπει μέσα από το θολό γυαλί της κακίας. Ο νάνος είναι ένας μισάνθρωπος. Μισεί τους πάντες. Τους ανθρώπους και τα πάθη τους. Δεν μπορεί να αγαπήσει κανένα ...more
l.
Sep 15, 2010 l. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminder to self: don't be heinous.
Inês
Sep 07, 2013 Inês rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pär Lagerkvist criou o anão mais hediondo do universo literário. Inserido numa corte italiana, este anão mal humorado despreza visceralmente todos os seres humanos, com exceção, talvez, do seu amo («De todos os seres que tenho encontrado, é o único que não desprezo.»), ainda que, volta e meia, nem mesmo o príncipe escape à misantropia desta criatura («(...) contentar-me-ei em repetir o que já disse antes: que o meu desprezo por ele não conhece limites.»). Esta indecisão é a única falha que podem ...more
Leo Horovitz
Sep 16, 2011 Leo Horovitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
En väldigt fin och välskriven, mörk, dyster och känslosam berättelse. Orden kommer från titelns dvärgs egen mun och består av dennes cyniska, bittra betraktelser av händelserna, intrigerna, lögnerna och prestigen inom det hov där denne tjänar samt mellan detta hov och det närliggande, rivaliserande furstedöme detta av och till ligger i krig med.

Historien lyckas på ganska få sidor få in alla möjliga aspekter: krig, heder, dödslängtan, förbjuden kärlek, pest och oärlighet, utan att för den sakens
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Salma
Apr 28, 2010 Salma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بيكولين قزم يعيش في بلاط أمير زمن القرون الوسطى حيث كانت العادة المتبعة اتخاذ أقزام للتسلية... لكن قزمنا لم يكن بهلولا مهرجا و لم يكن يملك روحا مرحة أصلا بل هو قزم بوجه متغضن لا يعرف الابتسام، وحيد بارد عميق التفكير... الرواية عبارة عن مذكراته حيث نسمع أحاديث نفسه و مشاعره و روايته للأحداث من وجهة نظره... الحقد و الشر و البغض و القرف من الجنس البشري بكل ما فيه، و اللامبالاة و العدمية و حب الدمار هي ما تدور حوله أفكاره و أحاسيسه... رواية منقوعة حتى الثمالة غضبا و كرها و احتقارا و اشمئزازا... و تر ...more
A-Ile Self-hallucination
تعرفت إلى بار برواية باراباس، ورغم سحري الشديد بها إلا أن هناك دائماً ما يجعلني متحفظاً في بعض جوانبها.
كانت البداية الحقيقة مع القزم
استطاع بار أن يأخذ الجانب السحري إلى درجة الحلم
هادئ ومتزن ويعلم تماماً كيف يسير.
القزم يفترض أن تكون إحدى الأعمال الخالدة إلى جانب الأعمال العظيمة
لكل شيء في العالم، جانب مرضي، والقزم هي الجانب المرضي في تاريخ االرواية.
Elisa
Aug 16, 2016 Elisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: svedesi, storici
3.5 ☆
Tempo de Ler
Nov 01, 2013 Tempo de Ler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O Anão, Piccolino, é um indivíduo de moral distorcida, sem escrúpulos e, na verdade, sem qualquer problema com isso. Rancoroso, venenoso e vil, Piccolino crê pertencer a uma espécie diferente, mais antiga e mais distinta que a vulgar espécie humana, a qual ele observa crua e objectivamente, sem o cínico sentimentalismo social. E é aos seus diários, escritos num ambiente deliciosamente sombrio recriado na Itália renascentista, que Pär Lagerkvist nos permite aceder em O Anão.

Adorei esta criaturaz
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khashayar
Aug 16, 2008 khashayar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dwarf is indeed an intriguing masterpiece which can nicely depict the human dilemma of virtue and evil. Set in an unnamed Italian city-state in the Renaissance, the story is narrated in the Piccoline's diary. Piccoline is a dwarf who serves the Prince at the court, and knows no emotions but hatred, violence, and malice. He impersonates a true misanthrope who can respect only the dark side of the humanity; yet, is in no rash to befriend every evil-hearted he meets in the court. Don Ricardo, d ...more
Yair Ben-Zvi
Dec 01, 2012 Yair Ben-Zvi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this novel for, among other things, its relentlessly bleak and darkly comic (by way of the grotesque) tone. This is a story that just. doesn't. give. a. damn. about your feelings concerning the events described or the characters partaking in said events....it simply presents them (adroitly if also matched by concomitant bitterness) as they are and leaves you to judge them, in a sense, purely. No consideration is given to modulation or amelioration of darkness, it's a dark lit ...more
Rebecka (is hilarious, shut up)
A clever, brilliantly executed look into the malice and selfishness of humans. Peculiar, but brilliant.
Evita
Oct 29, 2016 Evita rated it really liked it
Πολυ καλο!!!
João Carlos
Sep 19, 2013 João Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian, l2015

Pär Lagerkvist (1891 – 1974)


O sueco Pär Lagerkvist (1891 – 1974), poeta, dramaturgo, ensaísta e romancista, publicou “O Anão” em 1944 e foi galardoado com o Premio Nobel da Literatura em 1951.
Piccolino, o narrador, é um “Anão” de vinte e seis polegadas (cerca de sessenta e seis centímetros) de altura, na corte de um príncipe italiano, no período da Renascença, que mantém um diário onde anota e descreve em retrospectiva as suas vivências e as suas emoções, sobre factos e acontecimentos “reais”, q
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Marko Vasić
Vrlo mračna alegorično-metaforična ispovest. Dnevnik izopačenosti jednog anti-heroja mizantropa. Iako period o kome se pripoveda nije precizno naglašen, da se naslutiti da je srednji vek, i da je verovatno dvor Bordžija u pitanju. Anti-junak-narator je kongenitalno malformisani patuljak, vrčonoša na dvoru, vladaričin potrčko. Osim što, kako stranice odmiču, oslikava način života na tom dvoru u to doba, odmah u prvi plan, decidno, ističe svoju mizantropiju. Mizantropiju prouzrokovanu sopstvenom d ...more
NocturnalBlaze
Quella raccontata in questo libro è una storia quasi scontata, un intreccio molto classico per quanto riguarda il genere del romanzo storico (ad essere narrate sono le vicende di una corte rinascimentale italiana, le relazioni amorose dei cortigiani, lo scontro militare con una città vicina), ma è la prospettiva ad essere particolarissima, poiché a raccontare è un personaggio così odioso, misogino, caustico, giudicante e moralista da rendere il tutto avvolto da un'aura completamente diversa.
Nono
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Karl
Written in clear, concise prose, Nobel Prize winner Par Lagerkvist's The Dwarf is a richly philosophical novel, that offers perceptive insights on a host of topics from personal identity to religion to war and even romantic relationships. Like all great first-person narrators in fiction, Piccoline The Dwarf is an excellent choice due to his status as an outsider in the Prince's court, he sees much and has a lot to say.
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Lagerkvist was born in 1891 in southern Sweden. In 1910 he went to Uppsala as a student and in 1913 he left for Paris, where he was exposed to the work of Pablo Picasso. He studied Middle Age Art, as well as 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 ...more
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“And they are deformed though it does not show on the outside. I live only my dwarf life. I never go around tall and smooth-featured. I am ever myself, always the same, I live one life alone. I have no other being inside me. And I recognize everything within me, nothing ever comes up from my inner depths, nothing there is shrouded in mystery. Therefore I do not fear the things which frighten them, the incoherent, the unknown, the mysterious. Such things do not exist for me. There is nothing "different" about me.” 8 likes
“It is incomprehensible that he should want to have these futile people here, and still more incomprehensible that he should be able to sit and listen to them and their stupid chatter. I can understand that he may occasionally listen to poets reciting their verses; they can be regarded as buffoons such as are always kept at court. They laud the lofty purity of the human soul, great events and heroic feats, and there is nothing to be said against all that, particularly if their songs flatter him. Human beings need flattery; otherwise they do not fulfill their purpose, not even in their own eyes. And both the present and the past contain much that is beautiful and noble which, without due praise, would have been neither noble nor beautiful. Above all, they sing the praises of love, which is quite as it should be, for nothing else is in such need of transformation into something different. The ladies are filled with melancholy and their breasts heave with sighs; the men gaze vaguely and dreamily into space, for they all know what it is really like and realize that this must be an especially beautiful poem.” 4 likes
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