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Book Title: The Death of Ahasuerus|
The author of the book: Pär Lagerkvist
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 23.72 MB
Edition: Vintage Books USA
Date of issue: May 28th 1982
ISBN 13: 9780394708201
Read full description of the books:A couple years ago I was spending the night at my aunt and uncle's house in Kansas City, and I was looking for something to read in my cousin Holly's room. Most of her books seemed very, uh, "nice": Narnia, Laura Ingalls Wilder, etc. I'm not being dismissive, I love both of those series. But then I found a book called BARABBAS, about some minor characters from the New Testament. It was angry and grimey and gloomy; I called it Bible fanfic, but Lagerkvist is obviously more freaked out by the Bible than he is a fan of it. This AHASUERUS book isn't as weird or good as the BARABBAS one, or maybe it just wasn't as startling for me. It's set in the middle ages and is about some pilgrims trying to get to Jerusalem but they aren't really sure why. I liked the parts where they wander around feeling weird about Jesus, but the rest is a little boring. What's good about Lagerkvist's characters is that they take Jesus seriously but they aren't convinced of anything about him, so Lagerkvist gets to let them say things that most atheists would be embarrassed to try to talk about but that most christians seem scared to even consider. "It could not be the most difficult thing of all to walk up a hill and let oneself be crucified. They say that his suffering and death are the greatest events ever to have come to pass in the world, and the most significant. Perhaps; that may be so. But how many there are who must suffer without their suffering having any significance at all!
Read information about the authorLagerkvist 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) of the Swedish Academy.
Lagerkvist wrote poetry, novels, plays, short stories and essays. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1951 "for the artistic vigour and true independence of mind with which he endeavours in his poetry to find answers to the eternal questions confronting mankind."
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