En man som heter Ove

En man som heter Ove A Man Called Ove

Meet Ove. He’s 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.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

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.

The million-copy international bestselling phenomenon, Fredrik Backman’s heartwarming debut is a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step.

“There are characters who amuse us, and stories that touch us. But this character and his story do even more: A Man Called Ove makes us think about who we are and how we want to live our lives. A Man Called Ove seems deceptively simple at the start, yet Fredrik Backman packs a lifetime's worth of hilarity and heartbreak into this novel. Even the most crusty curmudgeon will love Ove!”
-Lois Leveen, author of Juliet's Nurse and The Secrets of Mary Bowser, on A Man Called Ove

“A warm and tender story about love, loss and second chances, peppered with memorable characters, wonderful set pieces and some beautifully black humour. Ove is a joy from start to finish.”
-Gavin Extence, author of The Universe versus Alex Woods, on A Man Called Ove


Ozon Book Awards (Best Fiction) Russia 2020
Nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Foreign Language Film and Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling) US 2017
European Film Awards (Best European Comedy) Poland 2016
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  • “A charming debut. /…/ You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel new sympathy for the curmudgeons in your life. You’ll also want to move to Scandinavia, where everything’s cuter.”

    People, US

  • “Readers seeking feel-good tales with a message will rave about the rantings of this solitary old man with a singular outlook. If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down.”

    Booklist *Starred Review*, US

  • “A funny crowd-pleaser that serves up laughs to accompany a thoughtful reflection on loss and love. /…/ The author writes with winning charm.”

    Publishers Weekly *Starred Review*, US

  • “This charming debut novel by Backman should find a ready audience with English-language readers… hysterically funny… wry descriptions, excellent pacing… In the contest of Most Winning Combination, it would be hard to beat grumpy Ove and his hidden, generous heart.”

    Kirkus Reviews, US

  • “Even the most serious reader of fiction needs light relief, and for that afternoon when all you want is charm, this is the perfect book.”

    San Francisco Chronicle, US

  • “A light hearted, deeply moving novel about a grumpy but loveable curmudgeon who finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. This quirky debut is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the impact one life has on countless others – and an absolute delight.”

    CBS Local, US

  • “Poignant and unpredictable, Backman’s book is filled with many twists and turns, as well as enjoyable characters and humorous situations.”

    Columbia Tribune (Missouri), US

  • “One of the most moving novels I have read this year. I defy anyone to read this book and look at a quiet withdrawn person the same way ever again.”

    Cayacosta Reviews, US

  • “You will laugh, you will cry, as his heartbreaking story unfolds through the diverse cast of characters that enter his life, all uninvited. You will never look at the grumpy people who come into your life in quite the same way. A very memorable read.”

    San Diego Union Tribune, *Best Books of 2015*, US

  • “Delightful […] the perfect holiday read.”

    Evening Standard, UK

  • “It’s warm, funny, and ultimately almost unbearably moving.”

    Daily Mail, UK

  • “An uplifting, life-affirming and often comic tale of how kindness, love and happiness can be found in the most unlikely places.”

    Sunday Express, UK

  • “A tale that tugs on the heart strings.”

    The Independent, UK

  • “Rescued all those men who constantly mean to read novels but never get round to it.”

    The Spectator, *Books of the Year*, UK

  • “Quirky, humorous and poignant.”

    The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

  • “An unstoppably humorous novel.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “In A Man Called Ove Backman’s sharp pen is given free reign. /…/ Backman never ceases to entertain.”

    Expressen, Sweden

  • “And then Backman, in the midst of all these clever pop-culture references, dedicates real thought to how one becomes a good and self-sufficient individual. And it is in the portrayal of the journey towards adulthood, social heritage, and loving companionship that Fredrik Backman’s prose turns clear and soulful.”

    GöteborgsPosten, Sweden

  • “Fredrik Backman is one of the nation’s funniest columnists. [A Man Called Ove] is an unconventional and gripping debut novel that very well could be the start of a great humoristic authorship.”

    Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “Let it be said at once: A Man Called Ove is a hushed explosion of a novel. It is so well written, so full of humor and warmth, sorrow and portrayals, anger and joy, that I wish I had more stars to give.”


    Sandefjords Blad, Norway

  • A Man Called Ove is right now looking like a sure bestseller.”

    Dagens Næringsliv, Norway

  • “As one of Sweden’s most read bloggers, Fredrik Backman is a master at expressing himself in a short format. He carries this with him when he makes his literary debut with the simply brilliant A Man Called Ove.”


    Moss Avis, Norway

  • “We love Ove. He’s our guy. That in itself is an amazing accomplishment by an author. /…/ Watch out for one of this summers most charming reads.”

    Aftenposten, Norway

  • A Man Called Ove is both thought-provoking and entertaining.”


    Fædrelandsvennen, Norway

  • “Fredrik Backman’s debut novel about a cranky and lonely old man promises great things for the author’s future.”

    Politiken, Denmark

  • “A strong debut that’s uncovered a rare, almost Chaplin-like gift for pairing humor with gravity.”

    Berlingske, Denmark

  • “If Ove were a political party, he would get my vote.”

    Weekendavisen, Denmark

  • “A crotchety old man is softened by Persian unrestrainedness in a delightful Swedish bildungsroman.”

    Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

  • “No matter what genre of books you usually read, or if you maybe don’t read that much, you ought to treat yourself to giving this novel a chance. It is purely and simply one of the biggest reading experiences there are. The story is wonderful and will have you chuckling and smiling at the comedic situations and descriptions at times, only to have to shed a little tear later on. The novel plays on our entire register of emotions, and besides being exceptionally entertaining, the story also gives plenty of opportunity for reflections and soul-searching. Despite the novel’s accessibility and sense of humor, the author succeeds also in describing several of the imbalances and tendencies we see in contemporary society and people’s way of life. It is quite simply marvelously good reading.”

    Litteratursiden, Denmark

  • “A tragicomic novel about a loveable curmudgeon who terrorizes the neighborhood with his control mania.”

    Der Spiegel, Germany

  • “If you don’t love this book, you could actually give up on reading entirely.”

    Hamburger Morgenpost, Germany

  • “A literary discovery on an international level. It reads as light as it is touching, yet never ever turns kitschy.”

    Westfalenpost, Germany

  • “Entertaining and heartwarming, A Man Called Ove is a story about the strength of an unexpected friendship, and how deep an impact we can have on other people’s lives without even knowing it.”

    Diário de Notícias, Portugal

  • “Funny and catchy.”

    Lux Woman, Portugal

  • “[A] true classic for the next generation.”

    Hindustan Times, India

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Swedish edition

English edition

Rights sold

Arab World, Arab Scientific

Armenia, Newmag

Brazil, Rocco

Bulgaria, Ciela

China, Beijing Xiron (Simplified Chinese)

Croatia, Fokus

Czech Republic, Host

Denmark, People’s

Estonia, Varrak

Finland, Johnny Kniga

France, Presses de la cite

Georgia, Palitra

Germany, Goldmann

Greece, Kedros

Hungary, Animus

India, Ethir Veliyeedu (Tamil)

Indonesia, Gramedia

Israel, Yediot

Italy, Mondadori

Japan, Hayakawa

Korea, Dasan

Latvia, Janis Roze

Lithuania, Alma littera

Montenegro, Nova knjiga

Netherlands, Volt

North Macedonia, Antolog

Norway, Cappelen Damm

Poland, Marginesy

Portugal, Porto

Romania, Editura Art

Russia, Sindbad

Serbia, Laguna

Slovakia, Ikar

Slovenia, Mladinska

Spain, Mondadori

Sri Lanka, Little House

Sweden, Forum

Taiwan, Ten Points (Complex Chinese)

Thailand, Merry Go Round

Turkey, Pegasus

UK, Hodder & Stoughton

Ukraine, Knigolove

US, Atria

Vietnam, Tre Publishing

Film rights sold

US, SF International / Playtone

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