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Folk med ångest Anxious People

Fredrik Backman, is back with this year’s rowdiest novel.

Anxious People is an unreasonably riotous comedy about a hostage drama during an open house. A failed bank robber locks themselves in with an over-enthusiastic real estate agent, two bitter IKEA-addicts, a pregnant woman, a suicidal multi-millionaire and a damn rabbit. In the end the robber gives up and lets everyone go, but when the police storm the apartment it is...empty.

In a series of dysfunctional testimonies afterwards, the witnesses all tell their version of what really happened, whereupon a classic puzzle mystery develops around the questions: How did the robber manage to escape? Why is everyone so angry? And: What is WRONG with people these days?


  • “Fredrik Backman is great at relatability. /…/ It’s the tone that makes Fredrik Backman so extraordinary, a tone that balances between despair and reconciliation. He never ceases to make everyday observations that puts words to our shortcomings and adds spice in the form of humor in surprising twists. Yet he’s able to convey hope; there’s always a hand to hold, a lifesaving community for the abandoned. /…/ Fredrik Backman is one of the few contemporary authors who is able to portray male loneliness.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “One of the lovely things [about Anxious People] is that the author truly cares about the characters he chooses to portray. /.../ On one level, it’s a really twisted comedy, often funny and at times outright hilarious. There are ideas here that are excellent and turns of phrase that make me laugh out loud. /…/ On another level, Anxious People is a story about people that are hurting and don’t know what to do with their pain. The subject is treated with a tenderness that’s hard to resist. /…/ Anxious People is well worth reading, like a fairytale about and for broken grown-ups, where oversized rabbit heads are accompanied by reminders that you are not alone in having been dealt wounds by life.”

    Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “An absolutely delightful story. /…/ Fredrik Backman is a comedian at heart. You can tell from his drastic and charged way of expressing himself. He captures small and big truths with unexpected examples. /…/ Fredrik Backman is a phenomenon. /…/ He speaks to his readers through practically fairy tale-like stories. Yet it feels like he is whispering secrets in your ear. It is as if he has cracked the code that all writers look for, usually in vain; he knows the importance of having a sense of urgency.”

    Sydsvenskan, Sweden

  • “I’m completely seduced by the hopeless fools that end up as hostages. A love declaration to life and a hymn to transience. /…/ A novel that is definitely worth reading. ”


    Tara, Sweden

  • “I was hooked in no time, as is always the case when it comes to Backman. /…/ [Anxious People] is a story that is just as important as it is fantastic. As usual, I couldn’t stop reading until the book has reached its end – and that was long after midnight.”

    Värmlands Folkblad, Sweden

  • “Hooked in no time. [Hooked] by the puzzle Backman creates, its carefully laid out plot strands, cliffhangers, and hints. By the warm humor, the spot-on and quick analyses of all and sundry. /…/ It’s a real feel-good story with all kinds of forgiving insights about life.”

    Socialpolitik, Sweden

  • Anxious People is a humorous chamber play with a dramatic back-drop, depicted with a great dose of empathy and warmth.”

    BTJ, Sweden

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Reading material

Swedish edition

Rights sold

Bulgaria, Ciela

China, Guomai (Simplified Chinese)

Czech Republic, Host

Denmark, People’sPress

Estonia, Varrak

Germany, Goldmann

Greece, Kedros

Hungary, Animus

Iceland, Bjartur & Veröld

Korea, Dasan

Netherlands, Volt

Norway, Cappelen Damm

Romania, Editura Art

Russia, Sindbad

Serbia, Laguna

Slovakia, Ikar

Slovenia, Mladinska

Spain, Harper Collins Espanol

Sweden, Forum

UK, Michael Joseph

US, Atria

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