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Jonas Gardell

Jonas Gardell (b. 1963) is one of the greatest and most distinctive voices in Swedish literature today. Since his literary debut in 1985, the novelist, playwright, screenwriter and comedian Gardell has time and again mesmerized the reading audience with moving, stylistically immaculate prose that ricochets off the page. His unique mixture of humor and heartbreaking episodes fetched from his own life as a member of the LGBTQ community has made Gardell a trendsetting authorship in Scandinavia. Deeply personal, utterly unfazed by taboos, and with a humor you can’t guard against, he is finally back with the national No. 1 bestseller, In Memory of an Unconditional Love.

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Anders de la Motte and Jonas Gardell No. 1 in Sweden

The weekly bestseller lists in Sweden have been announced, and Anders de la Motte and Jonas Gardell each claim one No. 1 spot. Anders de la Motte does so on the paperback list with his Deeds of Fall, and Jonas Gardell features at the top of the e-book list with In Memory of an Unconditional Love. Gardell also comes in at No. 2 on the hardcover list.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman climbs one placement to No. 4 on the paperback list. On the e-book list, Jørn Lier Horst and The Katharina Code stay put at No. 2, as does Arne Dahl’s Turmoil at No. 4.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love remains one of the top titles on the official weekly bestseller list in Sweden, coming in at No. 2 this week. The top spot on the paperback list is meanwhile claimed by Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall, No. 1 for the third week in a row. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman is No. 5 on the same paperback list.

New on the list for children’s books is Kristina Ohlsson, whose just published The Mummy’s Riddle rockets to No. 2. The Mummy’s Riddle is the third book in the Monster Trilogy.

The nonfiction list remains unchanged also this week, with Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career placing No. 4.

On the audio and e-book list Jørn Lier Horst makes a double appearance with his The Katharina Code, which comes in at No. 3 on the audio list and No. 2 on the e-book one. Arne Dahl’s Turmoil is No. 4 on the e-book list.

The August bestseller lists in Sweden

The official bestseller lists for the month of August are out in Sweden, and on the hardcover fiction list Jonas Gardell’s new novel In Memory of an Unconditional Love comes in at No. 3. Just after Gardell comes Arne Dahl and Turmoil at No. 4. Dahl also makes an appearance on the e-book list, where Turmoil is No. 2.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman (1793) is No. 4 on the same e-book list, and No. 4 on the paperback list. Anders de la Motte’s second stand-alone novel Deeds of Fall is No. 3 in the paperback category.

Lastly, Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career comes in at No. 2 on the nonfiction list, and No. 2 on the audio list.

Jonas Gardell, Leif GW Persson, Anders de la Motte, Niklas Natt och Dag and Jørn Lier Horst on the Swedish lists

On this week’s official bestseller list from Sweden, Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love shoots to the top of the hardcover fiction list, claiming the No. 1 spot. On the audio list Gardell comes in at No. 4. Leif GW Persson’s memoir Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career places at No. 5 on the same audio list, and stays at No. 4 on the nonfiction list.

Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall continues to hold the No. 1 spot on the paperback list and is joined by Niklas Natt och Dag who places at No. 2 with 1793.

Finally, The Katharina Code by Jørn Lier Horst places at No. 3 on the e-book list.

Jonas Gardell, Anders de la Motte, Leif GW Persson, Niklas Natt och Dag, Arne Dahl and Jørn Lier Horst on the Swedish lists

This week’s official bestseller lists from Sweden see Jonas Gardell at No. 3 on the hardcover fiction list with his just published In Memory of an Unconditional Love.

The paperback list is meanwhile topped by Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall, coming in at No. 1. De la Motte is joined by Niklas Natt och Dag who places No. 4 with 1793.

Leif GW Persson makes a repeat appearance on the lists with his Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career, which claims the No. 4 position on the nonfiction list and the No. 5 on the audio list. Arne Dahl’s Turmoil comes in at No. 4 on the same audio list, and No. 3 on the e-book one. Jørn Lier Horst’s just published The Katharina Code is No. 2 on the e-book list.

‘In Memory of an Unconditional Love’ published in Sweden

In Memory of an Unconditional Love is the story of the (in fiction) late author Jonas Gardell and his family. A family that is much like any other, except perhaps for the creative way in which it handles weakness. In the Gardell family, secrets and unwanted truths have a tendency to change shape, transforming into legends that – much like a skillfully executed magic trick – dazzle the eye with a prettier truth.

The best teller of such legends was without a doubt Ingegärd Rasmussen, Jonas’ loving mother. The eccentric Free Church-raised Ingegärd, born in the not-so-roaring Swedish twenties, was a woman surrounded on all sides by obstacles dictating what a woman should be. The intrepid Ingegärd took on these ideas, and indeed the world, with the fierce battle cry, “I must be free!”

Ingegärd joins forces with Bertil, a man of the future. Together the two dreamers will face twentieth century Sweden, a rapidly changing nation. But their life together nearly comes to an end when Ingegärd almost dies while giving birth to their youngest child, Jonas. Looking down at the helpless bundle in her arms, she realizes that she must survive for the poor child’s sake. Then and there, mother and son form a pact that’s never to be broken.

In Memory of an Unconditional Love is a novel of epic love, solidarity and betrayal as much as it is a portrait of a bewildering yet endlessly charming woman. Written with an irrepressible joy and humor, it sparkles even as it cuts deep into life’s most painful moments.

New author - Jonas Gardell

Jonas Gardell (b. 1963) is one of the greatest and most distinctive voices in Swedish literature today. Since his literary debut in 1985, the novelist, playwright, screenwriter and comedian Gardell has time and again mesmerized the reading audience with moving, stylistically immaculate prose that ricochets off the page. His unique mixture of humor and heartbreaking episodes fetched from his own life as a member of the LGBTQ community has made Gardell a trendsetting authorship in Scandinavia. Deeply personal, utterly unfazed by taboos, and with a humor you can’t guard against, he is finally back with the national No. 1 bestseller, In Memory of an Unconditional Love.