Is anyone here familiar with the Swedish writer Par Lagerkvist? He
happens to be one of my favorite existentialist writers. He wrote such
novels as Barrabas,The Sybil,Pilgrim At Sea, and The Death Of Ahasuerus.
My favorite one is "The Death Of Ahasuerus",which deals with the legend
of the wandering jew.
In this novel Christ condemns a jew named Ahasuerus to live forever
until the second coming.
In this story Ahasuerus ponders and questions his fate which he sees as
unjust and absurd.
He never finds an answer to his unusual fate or situation for which
there is more than likely no answer.
Barrabas is a similar story and that is about the thief who was spared
from crucifixion in the place of Christ who was.
After the crucifixion Barrabas is a changed man. He goes back to his old
friends and finds his attitude
altered . He feels a sense of alienation to everything and everyone
Nothing seems to matter to him and those who hung around him eventually
leave him after
sensing his change in temprament.
Barrabas feels as though he had somehow lost his soul that day on
Golgotha where Christ is crucified. Even though he had been spared
execution he feels as though a part of him had died
These novels are written in a concise or easily readable manner and I
would recommend them highly to those who haven't read or heard of him.
This author deserves to be more well known than he currently is.