Second impression of Par Lagerkvist's novel


Par Lagerkvist, translated by Alan Blair, with a preface by Lucien Maury and a Letter by Andre Gide


Chatto & Windus, London, 1952

Printing Details

First UK edition, second impression. Hardback in dustwrapper. 19 × 12.5cm, 132pp.

Lagerkvist's novel tells a version of the life of Barabbas, the man whom the Bible relates was released instead of Jesus. The novel is built on antithesis: Jesus dies first among the three crucified – Barabbas dies last. Jesus dies among several of his friends – Barabbas dies alone. Jesus talks to God – Barabbas talks to the darkness. The novel starts with Jesus' crucifixion and ends with Barabbas' crucifixion in Rome.


The book is in good condition with some tanning to the pages, the dustwrapper is chipped to the edges and scratched to the spine but still acceptable. It has not been price-clipped and is now in a protective sleeve.



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