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Barabbas

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Par Lagerkvist

"Its power is the power of a parable, with the same timeless echo." -- The New York Times    "As a parable, Barabbas is open to many interpretations. As a picture of a human soul, with or without parable, it is moving and convincing." … see full wiki

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Author: Par Lagerkvist
Publisher: Vintage
2 reviews about Barabbas
review by . April 01, 2013
A masterpiece, a true literary work that genuinely represents global literature at its best.
Par Largerkvist's Barabbas is a powerful yet short read that will transport readers to the life and times of Jesus Christ and to a period where the Romans ruled and the Jewish sages, known as the Sanhedrin, upheld the laws of their people.      In the land of Jerusalem amidst all the hustle and bustle of daily life, there roams a gaunt man with weather beaten features who claims to be the Son of God. He says many things, shocking declarations to some and blasphemies to others. …
review by . August 25, 2005
This short novel by Scandinavian Nobel Prize winner Par Lagerkvist fills in a little hole left open by the Bible; specifically, what happens to Barabbas after the crowd chooses to crucify Jesus and spare his life. The book begins with Barabbas being freed. He is in a state of bewilderment, and something within him leads him to follow Christ to the cross, where he witnesses the death. Afterwards, he tries to pick up the pieces of his life and wanders through town. By coincidence, he encounters some …
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