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By Pär Lagerkvist

An outstanding number of brief tales, fables, and satires. outdoors of the longest brief tale (almost novella size quite, "The Masquerade of Souls" is almost ninety pages), this can be what I learn yesterday.

The non-satirical stories contain motifs that run via Lagerkvist's fiction: man's position within the sleek global; modernism as opposed to a pastoral traditionalism; issues regarding spiritual existentialism and man's position within the comprehend the routine.

The satire should be deeply fun. "The Children's Campaign" is a mirrored image on militarism and the way it truly is perpetuated when it comes to describing the profitable army crusade of a child's military opposed to a lesser country. one of many larger tales within the bunch.

I hugely suggest "Paradise"--a brief tale approximately God and his creations (specifically, guy and the Tree of Knowledge). On a primary analyzing of the e-book, I'd say it was once my favorite.

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Have been either carefree and braced by means of their happiness, and that looked as if it would make it even larger. the complete of existence used to be braced—and but light as a summer season night. once they got here to one another the drowsing land lay there outdoors, barren and prevalent, like whatever staunch, and the breeze from the ocean puffed the curtain lightly into the semi­ darkish room. She had a tenderness as by no means sooner than, a unique, maternal tenderness which felt countless. Which felt surprisingly candy after the passion with which they'd as soon as enjoyed one another. Deep and intimate, and with anything hidden, unstated. whilst he chuffed her she rarely allow it's spotted, in basic terms held her breath. It had a mystic impact indirectly. Time handed. summer season drew to an finish. They by no means noted that which used to be of their minds, round which her ideas needs to continually have concentrated. She looked as if it would move approximately in a gradual trustfulness—not actual trust, yet a few­ factor within which she desired to exist, enable herself sink down increasingly more. It was once as though she sought after in simple terms to maintain humble and quiet, and fully carefree; desired to you should be so. hooked up herself, hot and secure, to him and their love. humans started to go away. It grew emptier at the seashore, the prom and down by way of the on line casino. however it had not anything to do with them. She used to be homosexual and satisfied. certain, it appeared as if she relatively felt so. 162 TH E M A R R I A G E F E A S T till sooner or later she confided to him that she hoped—only hoped—for it used to be not often attainable. It couldn’t be. yet one or issues pointed to all of it a similar. it will possibly good be the case. He inspiration so, too. definite, she believed—something within her additionally appeared to inform her that it was once so. She couldn’t be wrong approximately it. She even proposal she started to feci nausea, if it could actually relatively be because of that; it used to be now not too early for it. He didn’t be aware of loads approximately that precisely. however it was once really most likely. The boarding-house started to empty; every day there have been fewer humans within the dining-room. They for his or her half had no considered leaving. No plans in any respect for that subject. They lived at the present simply during this. And those early autumn days—clear, bracing, with a sky so skinny that it was once quite an inexpressible pleasure to respire deeply. The hills gleamed with moisture within the cool sunlight­ gentle and the ocean had a greenish tinge correct into the bays. every thing used to be at its most pretty now, simply now! there has been no denying it. during this indescribable air. And the cold water rustling like silk alongside their our bodies once they bathed. They felt so exhilarated and so splendidly gentle­ hearted. whether a bit below par. For she truly felt particularly seedy. yet that, too, used to be great, didn’t subject. If she didn’t continuously believe relatively so good. She could are available in light and content material after having been in poor health, laughingly rinse her mouth and glance over at him meaningly, wet-eyed from the exertion. there has been not any doubt of ways issues stood. None in any respect. yet now they have been the one site visitors left within the boarding­ condo. They, too, needs to be considering going. in addition to where used to be ultimate down. They didn’t really comprehend what they might do.

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