Books: The Man Who Lived

BARABBAS (180 pp.)—Par Lagerkvisf —Random House ($2.75).

Until a fortnight ago, when he won the 1951 Nobel Prize for literature, 60-year-old Pär Lagerkvist was little known outside his native Sweden. But at home he has long enjoyed a solid reputation. Thirty years ago, he was writing plays that reminded fellow Swedes of their countryman, August Strindberg. Since those days he has turned out a steady flow of poetry, drama, novels and short stories.

Pär Lagerkvist was brought up to devout Lutheranism. Grown, he turned agnostic. But his best novel, Barabbas, now published in the U.S., sounds as though Author Lagerkvist has never lost...

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