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A Man Called Ove (novel)

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Original title  En man som heter Ove
Publication date  2012 Sweden 2013 US
Originally published  27 August 2012
Genre  Novel
ISBN  9781476738024
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Country  Sweden
Media type  Print
Author  Fredrik Backman
Adaptations  A Man Called Ove (2015)
Original languages  Swedish, English
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Publisher  Washington Square Press (US)
Pages  368 pp (US) 347 pp (SWE)
Similar  Fredrik Backman books, Novels

A Man Called Ove (original title in Swedish: En man som heter Ove) is a 2012 novel by Fredrik Backman, a Swedish columnist, blogger and writer. It was published in English in 2013.


In January 2015 a stage version of the book, with Johan Rheborg in the leading role as Ove, had its premiere in Stockholm. In addition, it was adapted as a film of the same name, which was premiered on 25 December 2015, with Rolf Lassgård in the leading role.

Plot summary

Ove is 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.” However, 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.


  • Ove — a grumpy, 59-year-old man who has recently been forced to retire
  • Sonja — Ove's deceased wife
  • Parvaneh — Ove's neighbor, a pregnant woman of Iranian descent, a mother of two
  • Patrick — Parvaneh's husband
  • Rune — Ove's friend and neighbor
  • Anita — Rune's wife
  • Adrian — the neighborhood mailman
  • Jimmy — the overweight neighbor
  • Film and TV adaptations

  • A Man Called Ove (film)
  • Audiobook

    In July 2014, Dreamscape Media released an audiobook version of this book, read in English by American actor George Newbern.


    A Man Called Ove (novel) Wikipedia

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