Vi mot er Us Against You
It’s so easy to get people to hate one another, you wonder why we do anything but.
Us Against You tells the story of the months after the terrible events that shook Beartown last spring. Best friends Maya and Ana spend the summer on a hidden island, trying to leave the world behind, but nothing goes as they hope. Beartown and Hed’s rivalry grows into a furious struggle for money, power and survival that explodes as their hockey teams meet. When a player’s most closely guarded secret is revealed, a whole community is forced to show what it really wants to stand for.
They will say that the violence came to Beartown that year, but it will be a lie. The violence was already there.
Fredrik Backman’s Us Against You, the stand-alone sequel to Beartown, is a powerful depiction of the poignant and striking relationships of a small town. It’s a story about loyalty, friendship, and a love that challenges everything.
“If Alexander McCall Smith’s and Maeve Binchy’s novels had a love child, the result would be the work of Swedish writer Fredrik Backman /…/ Backman’s novels have wide appeal, and for good reason. Us Against You takes a lyrical look at how a community heals, how families recover and how individuals grow.”
“Evident in all his novels is an apparent ability to state a truth about humanity with breathtaking elegance.”
“Backman (A Man Called Ove) returns to the hockey-obsessed village of his previous novel Beartown to chronicle the passion, violence, resilience, and humanity of the people who live there in this engrossing tale of small-town Swedish life /.../ Backman’s excellent novel has an atmosphere of both Scandinavian folktale and Greek tragedy. Darkness and grit exist alongside tenderness and levity, creating a blunt realism that brings the setting’s small-town atmosphere to vivid life.”
“Backman’s ability to tell stories in pictures is one of his strongest merits, not least how he describes relationships /…/ It’s rare that one cares about so many characters in a book, and seldom that one comes so close to a whole community. But the leading role in Backman’s novels about Beartown is, after all, played by the sports community. It’s a love declaration of the highest order.”
“Fredrik Backman writes wonderfully about men, with a love and understanding for the ones who would rather solve conflicts with their fists. It’s hard not to love it.”
“A brilliant sequel /…/ Backman writes about loyalty and love, but also captures the feelings of athletes in a vibrant way.”
“Backman knows how to construct a thrilling plot, and what he writes engages. /…/ And when he hits his stride among the emotions, the sentimental turns into an asset – like a hockey puck straight to the heart.”
“It’s obvious that Fredrik Backman loves sports and no one is as good at evoking feelings as he is. You are thrown between laughter and tears in the space of one sentence to the next. At the same time, this might be his most earnest and serious, if you can understand what I mean, novel to date. It takes an even bigger grip on the world than the previous novel in the series did. Now we can only wait for the next chapter.”
- Fredrik Backman
- Reading material
- Rights sold
Canada, Simon & Schuster
China, Beijing Xiron (Simplified Chinese)
Czech Republic, Host
Denmark, People’s Press
Iceland, Bjartur & Veröld
Norway, Cappelen Damm
Romania, Editura Art
Taiwan, Ten Points (Complex Chinese)
UK, Michael Joseph
- Film rights sold
Sweden, Filmlance International