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The Dwarf by Pär Lagerkvist
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Jun 27, 2009

it was amazing
Read in June, 2009

Watching from the sidelines of the corrupt court of a Renaissance king, the Prince's dwarf, Piccoline, a vicious misanthropist who thinks himself of another race, inveighs against humanity.

Masterful, lapidary prose. Lagerkvist won the Nobel Prize in 1951.

"I understand the Princess better than I do him, and that is not so remarkable, for after all I hate her. It is difficult to understand those whom one does not hate, for then one is unarmed, one has nothing with which to penetrate into their being."

"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."

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