Jonas Jonasson

“For a second, let's stereotype. When we think of Sweden we think of Ikea, ABBA and Vikings. In the future I sincerely hope that Jonas Jonasson can be added to that list.”

The Guardian


Photo: Anna-Lena Ahlström

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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

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Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not…

Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed. A life in which - remarkably - he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.


Author:
Jonas Jonasson

Original title:
Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann

Published:
2009

Genre:
General Fiction

Original publisher:
Piratförlaget

Reading material:
Swedish manuscript
English manuscript

430 pp.

Armenia/Zangak Publishing House
Azerbaijan/Alatoran Literature Magazine
Bosnia & Herzegovina/BTC Sahinpasic
Bulgaria/Colibri Sarl
Burma/Ngar Doe Sar Pay
China/Shanghai 99 Reader’s Culture
Croatia/Fokus Komunikacije
Czech Republic/PANTEON
Denmark/Modtryk
Estonia/Varrak Publishers
Finland/WSOY
France/Presses de la Cité
Georgia/Bakur Sulakauri Publishing
Germany/Random House
Greece/Psichogios Publications
Hungary/Athenaeum Kiado
Iceland/Forlagid
Indonesia/PT Bengtang Pustaka Publishing House
Israel/Keter Books
Italy/La Nave di Teseo 
Japan/Nishimura
Korea/The Open Books
Latvia/Zvaigzne ABC Publishers
Macedonia/Ars Lamina Publications
The Netherlands/Signatuur
Norway/Vigmosted & Bjørke
Mongolia/AB Travel
Poland/Grupa Wydawnicza Foksal
Portugal/Relógio D’Água
Romania/Editura Trei
Serbia/Evro Book
Slovakia/IKAR
Slovenia/Mladinska Knjiga
Spain (Spanish + Catalan)/Salamandra
Thailand/Gamme Magie Editions
Turkey/Pegasus Yayincilik
Ukraine/Nazarkevych Solomiya Stepanivna
Vietnam/Tre Publishing House 
World Arabic/Dar Al Muna
World English/HarperCollins

 

‘A mordantly funny and loopily freewheeling debut novel about ageing disgracefully’

The Sunday Times

‘Imaginative, laugh-out-loud . . . a brilliant satire on the foibles of mankind’

The Daily Telegraph

‘Fast-moving and relentlessly sunny’

The Guardian

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The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

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In a tiny shack in the largest township in South Africa, Nombeko Mayeki is born. Poor and orphaned, she quickly learns that the world expects her to die young. But Nombeko has grander plans. Little does this cunning and fearless girl know that soon she will steal a fortune in diamonds, outwit a mad scientist kidnapper, travel across the world, fall in with a pair of diabolical assassins, and ultimately save a king - and possibly the world. 

Jonas Jonasson tackles issues ranging from the pervasiveness of racism to the dangers of absolute power in a charming and hilarious story. In the inimitable voice that has earned him legions of fans the world over, he gives us another rollicking tale of how even the smallest of decisions can ripple out into the world.


Author:
Jonas Jonasson

Original title:
Analfabeten som kunde räkna

Published:
September 2013

Genre:
General Fiction

Original publisher:
Piratförlaget

Reading material:
Swedish manuscript
English manuscript

400 pp.

Bosnia & Herzegovina/BTC Sahinpasic
Bulgaria/Colibri Sarl
China/Shanghai 99 Reader’s Culture
Croatia/Fokus Komunikacije
Czech Republic/Nakladatelství PANTEON
Denmark/Modtryk
Estonia/Varrak Publishers
France/Presses de la Cité
Greece/Psichogios Publications
Indonesia/PT Bentang Pustaka
Israel/Keter Books
Japan/Nishimura
Latvia/Zvaigzne ABC
Macedonia/Ars Lamina Publications
Netherlands/Uitgeverij Atlas Contact
Norway/Vigmostad & Bjørke
Poland/Grupa Wydawnicza Foksal
Portugal/Relógio D’Água Editores
Romania/Editura Trei
Serbia/Evro Book
Slovakia/IKAR
Slovenia/Mladinska Knjiga
South Korea/The Open Books
Thailand/Gamme Magie Editions
Turkey/Pegasus Yayincilik
Vietnam/Tre Publishing House 
World English/HarperCollins

 

“In my opinion, Jonas Jonasson has a penchant for two things, long titles and an excellent command of comedy. Jonasson can make you laugh at just about anything. Stabbing someone with scissors? Hilarious. A near detonation of a weapon of mass destruction? Side splitting. And it's not just the kind of funny that you snicker at half-heartedly, but a full on laugh that will earn you odd looks in public places.

As well as being humorous, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden is also heart-warming and touching.”

The Guardian

“This novel is well written and well observed; I was blown away.”

Readings Australia

“Excellent. A drily satirical tour of the world [taking in] Swedish liberals, Colonel Gaddafi and of course, apartheid and the South African Prime Minister B J Vorster”

The Times

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Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All

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IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START AGAIN. AND AGAIN.

It’s always awkward when five thousand kronor goes missing. When it happens at a certain grotty hotel in south Stockholm, it’s particularly awkward because the money belongs to the hitman currently staying in room seven. Per Persson, the hotel receptionist, just wants to mind his own business, and preferably not get murdered. Johanna Kjellander, temporarily resident in room eight, is a priest without a vocation, and, as of last week, without a parish. But right now she has two things at her disposal: an envelope containing five thousand kronor, and an excellent idea…

Featuring one violent killer, two shrewd business brains and many crates of Moldovan red wine, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is an outrageously zany story with as many laughs as Jonasson’s multimillion-copy bestseller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.


Author:
Jonas Jonasson

Original title:
Mördar-Anders och hans vänner (samt en och annan ovän)

Published:
September 2015

Genre:
General Fiction

Original publisher:
Piratförlaget

Reading material:
Swedish manuscript
English manuscript

330 pp.

Bosnia & Herzegovina/BTC Sahinpasic
Bulgaria/Colibri Sarl
China/Shanghai 99 Reader’s Culture
Czech Republic/Panteon
Denmark/Modtryk
Estonia/Varrak Publishers
Finland/WSOY
France/Presses de la Cité
Germany/Verlagsgruppe Random House
Greece/Psichogios
Hungary/Athenaeum Kiado
Iceland/Forlagid
Israel/Keter Books
Italy/Bompiani
Japan/Nishimura
Latvia/Zvaigzne ABC
The Netherlands/Uitgeverij Atlas Contact
Norway/Vigmostad & Bjørke
Poland/Grupa Wydawnicza Foksal
Romania/Editura Trei
Serbia/Evro Book
Slovakia/IKAR
Slovenia/Mladinska Knjiga
South Korea/The Open Books
Spain (Spanish + Catalan)/Salamandra
Turkey/Pegasus Yayincilik
Vietnam/Tre Publishing House 
World English/HarperCollins

 

“Jonasson matches the irreverence of his debut The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared ... It's a thrilling ride”

The Financial Times

“This Swedish bestseller has all the sordid ingredients of your typical Scandi-noir but gleefully shaken into comedy, like an episode of Wallander played for laughs.”

The Times

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The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man

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It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they’re not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un…

Soon Allan and Julius are at the centre of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump. Things are about to get very complicated.


Author:
Jonas Jonasson

Original title:
Hundraettåringen som tänkte att han tänkte för mycket

Published:
2018

Genre:
General Fiction

Original publisher:
Piratförlaget

Reading material:
Swedish manuscript
English manuscript

435 pp.

Bulgaria/Colibri Sarl
Czech Republic/Panteon
Denmark/Modtryk
Estonia/Varrak Publishers
Finland/WSOY
France/Presses de la Cité
Germany/Random House
Greece/Psichogios
Hungary/Athenaeum Kiado
Iceland/Forlagid
Indonesia/PT Bentang Pustaka
Israel/Keter Books
Italy/La Nave di Teseo
Japan/Nishimura
Latvia/Zvaigzne ABC Publishers
Netherlands/Uitgeverij Atlas Contact
Norway/Vigmostad & Bjørke
Romania/Editura Trei
Serbia/Evro Book
Slovakia/IKAR
Slovenia/Mladinska Knjiga
South Korea/The Open Books
Spain (Spanish + Catalan)/Salamandra
Thailand/Gamme Magie Editions
Turkey/Pegasus Yayincilik
World Arabic/Dar Al Muna
World English/HarperCollins

 

“Jonasson creates the near impossible with his astute assessments of today’s unstable global political climate and endearingly sweet characters, providing laugh-out-loud moments in a dark time. Reminiscent of Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency with a side order of Forrest Gump.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“Uproarious....Jonasson’s clever prose, madcap delights, and satirical political commentary will please fans of the original novel and newcomers alike.”

Publishers Weekly

“A welcome visit from an old friend that’s filled with laugh out-loud hijinx as well as thought- provoking and timely satire on the current state of the world and the perils of power.”

Booklist

“As much ludicrous fun as the first book but with the additional bonus of being set in today’s crazy political world.... Highly recommended.”

Express

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