A Man Called Ove (novel)

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A Man Called Ove
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First US edition
Author Fredrik Backman
Original title En man som heter Ove
Country Sweden
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Washington Square Press (US)
Publication date
2012 Sweden
2013 US
Media type Print
Pages 368 pp (US)
ISBN 9781476738024

A Man Called Ove (original title in Swedish: En man som heter Ove) is a 2012 novel by Fredrik Backman, a Swedish columnist, blogger and writer.[1] It was published in English in 2013.

In January 2015 a stage version of the book, with Johan Rheborg in the leading role as Ove, had its premiere in Stockholm. [2] In addition, it was adapted as a film of the same name, which was premiered on 25 December 2015, with Rolf Lassgård in the leading role.[3]

Plot summary

Ove is a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” However, behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.[4]

Film and TV adaptations


In July 2014, Dreamscape Media released an audiobook version of this book, read in English by American actor George Newbern. [5] It is also available for purchase on Audible.[6]


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  2. "TeaterStockholm.se » Din guide i teaterdjungeln". Retrieved 12 January 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "En man som heter Ove (2015)". MovieZine. Retrieved 12 January 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "A Man Called Ove". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 15 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Backman, Fredrik; Newbern, George (2014-07-29). A Man Called Ove (MP3 Una edition ed.). Dreamscape Media. ISBN 9781629239842.CS1 maint: extra text (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "A Man Called Ove". Audible.com. Retrieved 2016-04-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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