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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 14, 2011 - Fiction - 160 pages
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Barabbas is the acquitted; the man whose life was exchanged for that of Jesus of Nazareth, crucified upon the hill of Golgotha. Barabbas is a man condemned to have no god. "Christos Iesus" is carved on the disk suspended from his neck, but he cannot affirm his faith. He cannot pray. He can only say, "I want to believe."

Translated from the Swedish by Alan Blair

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

Sparse and compelling, this is a tense read. The condition of the imagined Barabbas, who was released so that Jesus could be crucified, is one of doubt. Born of a rape, and a possible parricide ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kristelh - LibraryThing

This story is about Barabbas, the man who was released from prison instead of releasing Jesus. Barabbas was the scapegoat. I never thought about what Barabbas may have thought and how his life may ... Read full review


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Par Lagerkvist was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1951.

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