A Man Called Ove (novel)

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A Man Called Ove
A Man Called Ove (novel).jpg
First US edition
Author Fredrik Backman
Original title En man som heter Ove
Country Sweden
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Washington Square Press (US)
Publication date

2012 Sweden

2013 US
Media type Print
Pages 368 pp (US)
347 pp (SWE)
ISBN 9781476738024

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.[1] It was published in English in 2013. The English version reached the New York Times Best Seller list 18 months after it was published and stayed on the list for 42 weeks.[2]

In January 2015 a stage version of the book, with Johan Rheborg in the leading role as Ove, had its premiere in Stockholm.[3] 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.[4]

Plot summary[edit]

"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."

–promotional blurb on U.S. edition cover jacket [5]


  • 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 former friend who has become a nemesis and neighbor, now has Alzheimer's.
  • Anita — Rune's wife
  • Adrian — The neighborhood mailman
  • Jimmy — The overweight neighbor

Film and TV adaptations[edit]


In July 2014, Dreamscape Media released an audiobook version of this book, read in English by American actor George Newbern.[6]


  1. ^ "LIBRIS - En man som heter Ove /". Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Alter, Alexandra (2016-10-28). "The Man Behind 'A Man Called Ove,' Sweden's Latest Hit Novel". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  3. ^ "TeaterStockholm.se » Din guide i teaterdjungeln". Archived from the original on 21 October 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "En man som heter Ove (2015)". MovieZine. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "A Man Called Ove". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Backman, Fredrik; Newbern, George (2014-07-29). A Man Called Ove (MP3 Una ed.). Dreamscape Media. ISBN 9781629239842. ASIN 1629239844. 

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