The Dwarf by Par Lagerkvist (translated by Alexandra Dick) is one of my favorite books, even though it has the ugliest cover art I've ever seen and even though some people claim it is an historical novel. I cannot stand historical novels or books which stand for anything. You do not need to know anything about history, dwarves or symbolism to enjoy this book.
* The cover art is so ugly that it cannot be represented here. This is a Velazquez painting of a dwarf.
* The Dwarf is narrated by an homicidal dwarf named Piccoline.