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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.

Awards

Växjö Municipality’s Literature Prize 2021 in Pär Lagerkvist’s memory Sweden 2021
Shortlisted for the Book of the Year Award Sweden – Till minne av en villkorslös kärlek In Memory of an Unconditional Love 2019
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Fiction) Sweden – Till minne av en villkorslös kärlek In Memory of an Unconditional Love 2018
The Grand Audiobook Prize Sweden 2013
QX Gay Gala’s Novel of the Year Award Sweden 2013
Swedish Bookstore Assistants Association’s Best Adult Book of the Year Sweden 2012
The Frödinge Scholarship Sweden 1994
Prix Futura 1992
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Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves

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Jonas Gardell commended in Pär Lagerkvist’s memory

Jonas Gardell has been bestowed with Växjö Municipality’s Literature Prize in Pär Lagerkvist’s Memory 2021. The award was established in 2011 with the purpose of highlighting outstanding authorships in the spirit of Pär Lagerkvist and is handed out biannually. Gardell is praised with the following motivation: ”An authorship that with its strong anchoring in contemporary structures and historical roots alike, actualizes eternal fundamental moral issues and provides a voice to the vulnerable and those repeatedly rendered invisible.”

The award ceremony will take place on November 4th at the Växjö City Library.

The weekly Swedish bestseller list

Liza Marklund and Jo Nesbø divide the weekly lists’ No. 1 placements between them, with Marklund’s The Polar Circle coming in at No. 1 in audio and e-book and No. 2 in hardcover. Nesbø’s The Kingdom is No. 1 spot on the paperback list.

New on the lists are Jonas Gardell and Arne  Dahl, whose latest titles both debut in the hardcover category this week. Gardell’s A Happier Year does so at No. 4, and Dahl’s Meltdown at No. 5.

‘A Happier Year’ published in Sweden

In 1879, renowned philosopher Pontus Wikner pens the text he will call “Psychological Self-Confessions.” The manuscript is locked in a tin box and sent to Uppsala’s University Library, where it will, per Wikner’s instructions, be left unopened for a minimum of fifty years. The unassuming box’s contents are so controversial and scandalous that rumors of it alone cause a panic among Wikner’s circle of friends, who try to prevent it from ever being opened. Yet Wikner’s wish is to one day have the manuscript published. In a future where everything has changed. In a happier year.

In 1970, almost a hundred years after Pontus Wikner’s melancholy confessions, a group of youths in Örebro form the Gay Power Club. The eccentric Ronny walks the town’s streets in full drag under the midday sun. The lovers Vanja and Kerstin create national headlines as “the girls who want to get married.” And together they perform Sweden’s first ever march for the freedom of homosexuals.

A Happier Year is Jonas Gardell’s gripping story of students Pontus and Herman and their impossible love story of the late 19th century. It is the fantastical tale of a few brave young people from a small-town in the middle of Sweden during the second half of the 20th century, youths who’ve decided that they too have a right to be happy. It’s a dizzying novel of love in a time when love had no language, and the true story of how the fight for freedom began.

New title: ‘Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves’

Jonas Gardell’s Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves tells the heart-wrenching story of the lovers Benjamin and Rasmus and their group of friends in Stockholm, focusing on the early and mid-80s when the AIDS crisis became fact. The trilogy, a romantic fiction in three parts (1: Love2: Disease3: Death), chronicles the gay movement in Sweden and the world, holding up a furious mirror to the times lest we forget those who went before us, and the battles they fought for freedom, love, and the right to live.

Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves: 1. Love

When Rasmus steps off the train in Stockholm in September 1982, he’s leaving stuffy little Koppom behind for good. Young and beautiful, he throws himself into the welcoming arms of the LGBTQ community.

Benjamin is a Jehova’s Witness, knocking on doors to spread God’s word. Nothing can shake his faith. Until the day he rings the doorbell of Paul, the kindest, funniest and bitchiest gay God ever made.

Then on Christmas Eve, as snow covers the city’s rooftops, Rasmus and Benjamin meet. Things are never the same again.

This is a true story: It happened here, in this city, on these streets, among these people. In a city where people continued to live their lives as if nothing had changed, young men began to sicken, to fade, and to die.

‘The Silver Road’ and ‘In Memory of an Unconditional Love’ shortlisted for the Book of the Year Award

Stina Jackson and Jonas Gardell have both been shortlisted for Bonnier’s Book Clubs’ Book of the Year Award. Jackson for her internationally bestselling debut The Silver Road, and Gardell for his In Memory of an Unconditional Love, the most sold literary novel in Sweden last year.

Bonnier’s Book Clubs is the home of five Swedish book clubs, among them the biggest one in Sweden. The winning book and author will be announced during the Gothenburg Book Fair. To see the list of the nominees and vote for your favorite, click “Read more” below.

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The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Lars Kepler’s Lazarus stays at No. 1 on the hardcover list for week 10. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice meanwhile jumps a few placements and lands at No. 2. Jonas Gardell grabs the last top five spot and places in at No. 5 with In Memory of an Unconditional Love.

Leif GW Persson also climbs this week, claiming the No. 1 spot on the non-fiction list with Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career.

Concluding this week’s round-up is Stina Jackson, whose The Silver Road features on three lists. It comes in at No. 4 on the paperback list and No. 5 on the e-book and audio book lists.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The official Swedish bestseller lists for week 9 are out, and Lars Kepler’s Lazarus comes in at No. 1 on the hardcover list, having moved up one position from last week. Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love grabs spot No. 3 on the same list, followed by Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice, which comes in at No. 4.

Stina Jackson and Niklas Natt och Dag occupy multiple positions on this week’s lists. Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road stays in the top positions, placing at No. 1 on the e-book list, No. 2 on the paperback list and No. 3 on the audio one. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman places at No. 4 on both the audio- and e-book lists and comes in at No. 5 on the paperback one. Liza Marklund’s Black Pearl Farm holds spot No. 3 on the e-book list.

Lastly, in the non-fiction category, Leif GW Persson’s memoir Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career, comes in at No. 2.

The February bestseller lists in Sweden

Lars Kepler’s Lazarus occupies multiple list positions on the February lists, coming in at No. 1 on the hardcover list, No. 3 on the e-book list and No. 5 on the audio book one. Jonas Gardell’s lauded In Memory of an Unconditional Love grabs the No. 3 spot on the hardcover list for February, closely followed by Hjorth & Rosenfeld’s A Higher Justice at No. 4 and Liza Marklund’s Black Pearl Farm at No. 5.

Stina Jackson nabs three positions on the monthly lists with her debut The Silver Road, coming in at No. 1 on both the audio- and e-book lists and No. 2 on the paperback one. Niklas Natt och Dag claims spot No. 4 on the paperback list with The Wolf and the Watchman.

Finally we have the non-fiction category, in which Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career comes in at No. 2.

Lars Kepler, Jonas Gardell, Niklas Natt och Dag, Stina Jackson and Leif GW Persson among the most sold in Sweden 2018

The official Swedish bestseller lists for 2018 have just been released, and the undeniable champion of the past year is Lars Kepler with Lazarus. The seventh Joona Linna novel comes in at No. 1 in three categories: hardcover, audio, and e-book. Not far behind at No. 4 is Jonas Gardell’s lauded In Memory of an Unconditional Love, a unique portrait of a woman and a mother who lived her own truth.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s long-running international bestseller The Wolf and the Watchman is the second most sold paperback of the year, coming in at No. 2 also on the e-book list. The No. 5 spot on the paperback list goes to the new bestselling phenomenon Stina Jackson and The Silver Road.

Last is the nonfiction category, in which Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career comes in at No. 2. The beloved criminologist and author’s memoir also appears at No. 3 on the audio list.

The December bestseller lists in Sweden

The official Swedish bestseller lists for the month of December see Lars Kepler and Stina Jackson dominate the lists, claiming two No. 1 placements each. Lars Kepler’s Lazarus is No. 1 in hardcover and audio, also nabbing a No. 2 placement in the e-book category, while Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road is No. 1 in paperback and e-books.

Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love comes in at No. 3 in the hardcover category. It is closely followed by Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice, which is No. 4 in hardcover as well as in e-book.

The paperback list also features Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman, which comes in at No. 3. The novel places at No. 5 in the e-book category. Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth likewise appears on the paperback list, featuring at No. 4.

The Swedish bestseller lists for week 50-52

The official Swedish bestseller lists for the last three weeks of 2018 have been released, and though December month’s list is yet to come, some strong trends hint at what the last monthly list of the year will look like.

Beginning with the hardcover lists for week 50-52, we see Lars Kepler’s Lazarus come in at No. 1 for two weeks straight before it lands in second place in week 52. Lazarus also claims multiple No. 1 spots on the audio and e-book lists. Next on the hardcover list is Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love, which comes in at No. 3 for two weeks straight. It is closely followed by Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice, which claims the No. 4 spot for two weeks before it jumps a placement to No. 3.

The undisputed queen of the paperback lists is Stina Jackson, whose The Silver Road comes in at No. 1 all three weeks. The Silver Road can also be seen coming in at No. 1 on the ebook list. Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth shoots to the top of the paperback list to join Jackson as well, coming in at No. 2 in week 51-52. Not far behind is Niklas Natt och Dag with The Wolf and the Watchman, No. 3 and then No. 4.

The Storytel Awards 2018

The nominees for 2018’s Storytel Awards (formerly known as the Grand Audiobook Prize) have been announced. The Swedish awards will as always be handed out in four categories: Fiction, Suspense, Young Adult, and Children’s.

Among those competing for the Fiction award are Niklas Natt och Dag with The Wolf and the Watchman, and Jonas Gardell with In Memory of an Unconditional Love.

The Suspense category’s shortlist features Lars Kepler for Lazarus, Stina Jackson with The Silver Road, and Anders Roslund with Three Hours.

Lastly, in the Children’s category, is Johan Theorin and The Battle for Salajak.

To vote for your favorite, click “Read more” below. The voting will close on January 20th.

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