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Barabbas is the acquitted; the man whose life was exchanged for that of Jesus of Nazareth, crucified upon the hill of Golgotha. Barabbas is a man condemned to have no god. "Christos Iesus" is carved on the disk suspended from his neck, but he cannot affirm his faith. He cannot pray. He can only say, "I want to believe."

Translated from Swedish by Alan Blair.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 20th 1989 by Vintage (first published 1950)
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Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who question
Was there any meaning in the life he lived? Not even that did he believe in. But this was something he knew nothing about. It was not for him to judge.

Despite the small size of this novel, it is a deep chasm of heavy thoughts and difficult questions. Barabbas, widely considered the masterpiece of the Swedish author and 1951 Nobel laureate Par Lagerkvist, is a parable of the dilemma of faith. Barabbas, acquitted for murder, goes on living while Jesus is crucified in his stead, and spends his li
My kids love churches, but not having been brought up religiously, they don't understand any of the iconography. Trying to explain to a six-year-old why they all have statues of this beardy guy slowly dying on a stick has really brought home to me what a hideous and morbid idea Christianity is built on. I understand that some people find it very touching and beautiful, but I find it difficult to see it that way. Telling people that this man went through agony, and then died, on your behalf, whet ...more

It amuses me, sometimes, the way people judge books. They'll ban them for epithets, they'll ban them for sex, they'll ban them for witchcraft. More often than not, they'll ban them for raising uncomfortable questions in the minds of children who have not yet been conditioned to follow the proper path. Ignore, and if you cannot ignore, condemn until you can, and if you cannot condemn until you can. Eradicate.

You could ban this book for any of those reasons, much as you could ban the Bible.
Sidharth Vardhan
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel, asia, list-1001
Barabbas is the guy who was acquitted in Christ's place - and, so, the only person Christ literally died for. And so, perhaps he might invite a parable for the whole Christian world? Personally, I can't see this book as a parable though. Personally, I think the story is called Barabbas because author talking about humanity in general needs a person around whom story could pivot (the word always reminds me of Ross) around and Barabbas happened to be a good choice. Since he is living because Jesus ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Megha by: The Master & Margarita
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"I have no god", Barabbas answered at last...
"Why then do you bear this "Christos Iesus" carved on your disk?"
"Because I want to believe", Barabbas said..."
He wanted to believe. But he did not understand.

"Love one another" - that's what they said the message of the crucified man was. Love one another - now what could that mean to Barabbas's simple mind? What could love mean to Barabbas who had been hated even by his mother from the moment he drew his first breath? Who had never felt any emotio
mai ahmd
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

افضل رواية يمكن أن تقرأها تجسد الصراع الداخلي ما بين الكفر والإيمان
حالة الشك وما بين الإيمان ونقيضه قصة باراباس الرجل الذي أطلق سراحه فيم أعدم المسيح.. رائعة
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

*هذه المُراجعة تحتوي على تفاصيل قد لا يفهمها سوى الإخوة المسيحيين.

المسيح عيسى ابن مريم نبي الله، المخلوق بكلمة "كن فيكون" رسولًا لبني إسرائيل، تكلم في المهد ليشهد على براءة أمه "مريم العذراء" وبأنه كلمة الله، قال تعالى في سورة مريم: قَالَ إِنِّي عَبْدُ اللَّهِ آتَانِيَ الْكِتَابَ وَجَعَلَنِي نَبِيّاً (30) وَجَعَلَنِي مُبَارَكاً أَيْنَ مَا كُنتُ وَأَوْصَانِي بِالصَّلَاةِ وَالزَّكَاةِ مَا دُمْتُ حَيّاً (31) وَبَرّاً بِوَالِدَتِي وَلَمْ يَجْعَلْنِي جَبَّاراً شَقِيّاً (32) وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَيَّ يَوْم
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
دختر به آن مرد که پسر خدا می خواندَش و باراباس او را مرده مینامید ایمان آورده بود. باراباس از دختر پرسید آن مرد براستی چه چیزی تعلیم میداد. دختر مدتی ساکت ماند و بعد با زمزمهای نامفهوم گفت: "یکدیگر را دوست بدارید آنگونه که من شما را دوست میدارم". - از متن

کتاب شرح حال باراباس از بدو آزادی تا لحظه مرگ را روایت می کند و در این اثنا دو نقطه اتکای تاریخی دارد، یکی آزادی باراباس بهجای مسیح در دادگاه والی رومی و دیگری توطئه برعلیه مسیحیان در امپراطوری روم. باقی مطالب داستانپردازی نویسنده محسوب میشود. ب
The story of Barabbas being unbeliever although he has witnessed the crucifixion eclipse that darkness that accompanied the crucifixion and was supposed to be a miracle and also t he resurrection of Jesus after he had been crucified and buried and his visit to , a man who lived through the resurrection process. All this doesnt prevent him from being a skeptic who cant believe that God could be crucified , and has his own doubts through his journey searching for answers……and peace for his soul an ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Arricchisco la mia collezione di romanzi di argomento biblico con questo vangelo secondo Barabba. Durante la lettura mi sono interrogato molto sul protagonista, un vero misantropo. Un personaggio notevole, raccontato con molta economia e perciò ammantato di mistero. L'incontro con Gesù-incontro a distanza- lo segna. Un mondo d'amore, ma che assurdità è questa? Una possibilità non concessagli, che lo tormenterà per tutta la vita rendendola peggiore, se possibile.
L'autore svela poco dei suoi trasc
Ahmed Oraby
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
وكان لهم حينئذ أسير مشهور يسمى باراباس.

ففيما هم مجتمعون قال لهم بيلاطس: «من تريدون أن أطلق لكم؟ باراباس أم يسوع الذي يدعى المسيح؟»

ولكن رؤساء الكهنة والشيوخ حرضوا الجموع على أن يطلبوا باراباس ويهلكوا يسوع.

فأجاب الوالي وقال لهم: «من من الاثنين تريدون أن أطلق لكم؟» فقالوا: «باراباس!».

حينئذ أطلق لهم باراباس، وأما يسوع فجلده وأسلمه ليصلب.

هي رواية مذهلة
هذا ما كنت واثقًا منه منذ بدايتها
من أول صفحة تدرك كم العبقرية فيها
رواية تحكي عن الصراع الدائم
بين الإيمان والكفر
في داخل باراباس
المجرم، الحقير. الذي رأي
Eddie Watkins
Aug 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: swedish-fiction
Barabbas is a poor wretch. You have to feel sorry for him, for through no will or desire or intention of his own he finds himself in the center of one of the most momentous events in human history - his life is spared and Jesus is crucified - but this "resurrection" of Barabbas only makes his life more difficult as he's unprepared to process all the metaphysical implications of the event. He's actually constitutionally incapable of understanding metaphysics; all he understands is life and the fa ...more
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

رواية قصيرة ولكنها كفيلة بتعريف القارئ على شخصية باراباس و هو السجين الذي أُطلق سراحه و صُلب ( يسوع الناصري) النبي عيسى عليه السلام بدلًا منه، ستتعرف من خلال الرواية أيضًا على حقبة مهمة و مفصلية في النشأة الأولى للديانة المسيحية تمثلت في التعاضد الروحي بين معتنقي الدين المسيحي رغم عدم تقبل نزعتهم الدينية لا من قبل الرومان ولا اليهود و هم كانوا وجوه المجتمع المهمة آنذاك، كان المسيحيون يمهدون فيما بينهم لدينهم بالتلاحم حول مبادئ المسيح و يجازفون بأرواحهم و يختارون طوعًا - كأي معتنق لديانة جديدة- ا
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Anyone familiar with the story of Jesus Christ's crucifixion would know who Barabbas was. Pilate wanted to release Jesus, "finding no case against (him)" (John 18:38). So facing the crowd, he invoked a Jewish custom during Passover permitting the release of a prisoner on death row. The people however clamored for the release of Barabbas, a murderer and an insurrectionist, and called for Jesus' crucifixion. Pilate argued for Jesus three times (Luke 23:21-22) but the people were insistent. Their s ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Brian by: s. penkevich
Like a lost gnostic gospel (The Gospel of Christ according to Barabbas?), this novel strums the chords of belief, regret, yearning and loss. Using the death and resurrection of Christ as the backdrop for the released prisoner Barabbas's story is clever and there are many unique and ineresting fictions created by Lagerkvist to tell his hero's tale.

It might have been the translation, but Lagerkvist's writing style didn't resonate with me at all. I'm not ready to give up on him; I'll try a couple o
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A short tale involving Barabbas, the thief who was pardoned so that Jesus could be crucified. It follows him through his life after the pardon, as he witnesses at first hand the rise of the cult of Jesus as it develops from an obscure Jewish sect into a faith that will threaten and eventually subvert the mighty Roman empire.

Whilst not a believer, time and time again Barabbas is drawn to the persecuted group, fascinated as to why a man's life and death could evoke such devotion and sacrifice. In
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lett-scandinava
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Czarny Pies
Barabbas is an addition to the new testament written by an atheist. It is far more likely to please those who have fallen away from the faith than someone who is a believer.

The person of Barabbas is a very familiar figure to anyone with a Christian upbringing. The story of Christ's passion is read every year on Palm Sunday and on Good Friday. Thus you hear the story twice a year how Pilate tells the crowd that they have the right to obtain the pardon of one condemned man every year and suggests
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Barabbas sees the death of Jesus but lets others convince him that what he saw was not real. When he comes to realize that the story is true he finds himself in the same position as Jesus...but this time he is ready to accept the truth.
Azheen Bajalan
باراباس لـ بار لاغركفيست
مـن روايات نوبل 1951
مَن هو باراباس؟

" فَدَعَا بِيلاَطُسُ رُؤَسَاءَ الْكَهَنَةِ وَالْعُظَمَاءَ وَالشَّعْبَ، وَقَالَ لَهُمْ [متحدثاً عن يسوع]:«قَدْ قَدَّمْتُمْ إِلَيَّ هذَا الإِنْسَانَ كَمَنْ يُفْسِدُ الشَّعْبَ. وَهَا أَنَا قَدْ فَحَصْتُ قُدَّامَكُمْ وَلَمْ أَجِدْ فِي هذَا الإِنْسَانِ عِلَّةً مِمَّا تَشْتَكُونَ بِهِ عَلَيْهِ. وَلاَ هِيرُودُسُ أَيْضًا، لأَنِّي أَرْسَلْتُكُمْ إِلَيْهِ. وَهَا لاَ شَيْءَ يَسْتَحِقُّ الْمَوْتَ صُنِعَ مِنْهُ. فَأَنَا أُؤَدِّبُهُ وَأُطْلِقُهُ».
Tariq Alferis
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"من تريدون أن أُطلق لكم. باراباس أم يسوع الذي يُدعى المسيح.. فقالوا باراباس" (متى 17:27و21).

الجميع يعلم كيف عُلقوا، هناك، على الصلبان، ومن كانوا مجتمعين وقوفًا حوله: مريم أمه، ومريم المجدلية، وفيرونيكا، وسمعان القيرواني، الذي حمل الصليب، ويوسف الرامة الذي كفنه. لكن على مبعدة يسيرة أسفل السفح، أو بالحرىّ إلى جنب، كان يقف رجل مثبَّت العينين على المحتضر في الوسط، يراقب النزاع من اللحظة الأولى حتى الأخيرة. كان اسمه باراباس، هذا الكتاب عنه."

رواية بين الإيمان والكُفر، قصة عن باراباس لص والمناضل، بارا
Mariafrancesca di natura viperesca sta con  Orlando
Scrissi il 18 marzo 2017 su anobii

Dio è morto

[Di Pär Fabian Lagerkvist, il va sans dire, non conoscevo nemmeno il nome ma grazie alla “mia terza pagina anobina”, venni a sapere di un tris imperdibile: mi piacque il titolo “Il boia” ma mi ritrovai con due gentili doni: Il Nano e Barabba. Naturalmente ho iniziato da questo, perché diciamocelo: un ateo è attratto dal cast evangelico come l’orso col miele; e, in seconda istanza, per una certa repulsione verso l’universale curiosità a guardare gli ac
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
With Barabbas, my reading of the in-print English editions of Lagerkvist's works is—sadly—complete. I started with The Dwarf, continued with the stories in The Marriage Feast, and recently read The Sibyl. Lagerkvist's writing is always intriguing, even if there is some variation in its quality (The Sibyl, for instance, wasn't nearly as good as the others, especially not as good as some of the best stories in The Marriage Feast). Barabbas, the story of the man who was sentenced to death but for w ...more
Lagerkvist, Lagerkvist, how no one reads you anymore... which is totally sad because you're a brilliant Lutheran-damaged existentialist. Or as I described it to my friend recently, Camus and Hamsun doing a London bridge on Kierkegaard. Barabbas, much like his masterful "The Sibyl," is based on a Bible story, so, despite its slenderness, still contains and handles epic themes. A wonderful meditation on guilt, faith, and the mysterious forces of the world.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Simplicity can be a great advantage in telling a story. Many great writers have used very spartan ways, and still left an impression far from one-dimensional. Doing this is tricky. It includes using little to tell a lot, there has to be something lurking underneath, a richness for the reader to decipher. Here starts the trouble I have with Barabbas. It is not only written sparingly, but doesn't really seem to hold more than the bare words that are strung together.

When picking this book from the
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Barabbas, the only man for whom Jesus literally died.

Barabbas, described in the gospels as an insurrectionist and murderer, was brought before a crowd of angry Jews and was chosen to be set free; Jesus was chosen to be crucified on a tree. So begins a novel of antitheses. Barabbas watches Jesus on the cross in wonder; a mysterious light is emitted from the crucified man; darkness seems to be chained to the ransomed murderer.

This is a powerful novel about faith (or lack thereof), guilt, and free
Nuno Simões
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wejdan Saad
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
( لا . لا نور هنا إطلاقا ! لا نور في أي مكان ، ومن أي اتجاه ! عتمة لانهائية ، باردة كالثلج تطوّقه ، عتمة هو فيها وحيد - إذ هم ليسوا هنا أبدا ، لا نفس هنا ، لا بشر سواه ، الموتى فقط !
الموتى ! إنه محوط بالموتى.
في كل مكان ، ومن كل اتجاه ، في كل ممر ورواق ، حيثما التفت .
ترى ، أنى يذهب ؟ إنه لا يعرف أي طريق يسلك للخروج ثانية ، الخروج من هنا ، من مملكة الموتى ...
مملكة الموتى ! .. كان في مملكة الموتى .. لقد أطبق عليه في مملكة الموتى !
ملئ رعبا . رعبا خانقا. وفجأة اندفع ، على غير هدى ، فزعا ، في أي اتجا
Nora Gamal
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
باراباس الرجل الذى اطلق ليصلب المسيح بدلا منه والموجود على هامش التاريخ فلم يذكر عنه الا هذا الموقف الاسئلة الموجودة بالرواية عن الدين وتاريخه وهل هو حقا اشارات ربانيةلا يفهمها الا المخلصون ام محاولة لخداع النفس ممتدة بامتداد التاريخ اسئلته القاسية للمؤمنين عدم فهمه لهم ولا يمانهم انتظار التعساء والمظلومين للمخلص الذى لا يأتى اى خيانة .التغير الذى طرأ عليه بعد رؤيته للمسيح وكأنه مسكون بروح اخرى سعيه الدائم وراء شئ لا يعرفه هو نفسه روحه القلقة التى لا تجد مستقرا لها لا فى الايمان ولا العدم المشهد ...more
Sep 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ملحمة قدرية .. تحمل كل معاني التناقض في هذا الكون .. فبين المسيح مخلص البشرية رسول السلام صاحب اليد البيضاء .. وبين المجرم المحكوم بالإعدام الذي لم يترك خطأً واحداً على هذه الأرض لم يرتكبه .. نضيع في تفاصيل التاريخ والقدر الذي أبدع بارلا في صياغتها لتشعر نفسك وأنك داخل تلك الحقبة من الزمن ..
فأنت المجرم المحكوم بالإعدام السكير الضائع ابن السبية وقاتل أبيه تخرج طليقاً وتدخل التاريخ لا لإجرامك !! بل لقمايضة حياتك بمن صنع التاريخ .. كيف لك أن تستوعب كل هذا الحدث وتعيشه وأنت ترى أمامك شخصاً يجر صليب
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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
“-No, the man said, looking past him with his empty gaze, the realm of the dead isn't anything. But to those who have been there, nothing else is anything either.” 10 likes
“وحدها كانت غبية بما يكفي لجعلها تتعلق بهذا الشخص التعيس ، كانت تبكي مع نفسها في الليل ، أما الآن ، فلم تعد تشعر بأن بكاءها فعل حسن .. لم تفكر البتة بمعاودة ما فعلته .” 6 likes
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