Fredrik Backman

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Fredrik Backman
Fredrik Backman at Bokmässan 2013
Backman at Bokmässan 2013
Born (1981-06-02) 2 June 1981 (age 40)
Brännkyrka in Söderort, Sweden
OccupationColumnist, blogger, and novelist
Period2012–present
Genre
Notable works
SpouseNeda Shafti Backman
Signature
Website
www.fredrikbackman.com

Fredrik Backman (born 2 June 1981) is a Swedish author, blogger, and columnist. He wrote A Man Called Ove (2012), Things My Son Needs to Know about the World (2012), My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry (2013), Britt-Marie Was Here (2014), Beartown (2017), Us Against You (2018), and Anxious People (2020). The books were number one bestsellers in his home country of Sweden. Backman's books have been published in more than twenty-five languages.[1]

Biography[edit]

Backman grew up in Helsingborg, Scania, Sweden. He has been writing for the Swedish newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad and for the Swedish men's magazine, Moore Magazine. Backman debuted as a novelist in 2012 with A Man Called Ove. The novel was adapted as a film which premiered on December 25, 2015.[2] The rights to his book Beartown were bought by Swedish production company, Filmlance, and are set to be adapted for television.[3] Many of his books have been translated into English. After his debut novel, A Man Called Ove, was translated into English, it remained on the best seller list for 42 weeks[clarification needed]. Following the success of his first book, Atria bought the rights to his other novels and had them translated into English.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Fredrik Backman married Neda Shafti Backman in 2009.[5] They have two children. His second book, Things My Son Needs to Know about the World (2012), was based on his own experiences with parenting. He labeled it a "dysfunctional parenting guide" and made a deal that his publisher had to publish the book in order to publish A Man Called Ove.[6]

Bibliography[edit]

  • En man som heter Ove (2012; English translation A Man Called Ove, 2013)[7][8]
  • Saker min son behöver veta om världen (2012; English translation Things My Son Needs to Know About the World, 2019)[9]
  • Min mormor hälsar och säger förlåt (2013; English translation My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, 2015)[10]
  • Britt-Marie var här (2014; English translation Britt-Marie Was Here, released in May 2016)[11]
  • And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella (November 2016)[12]
  • Beartown (also titled The Scandal[13] in United Kingdom: April 2017)[14]
  • The Deal of a Lifetime: A Novella (October 2017)[15]
  • Us Against You (sequel to Beartown: June 2018)[16]
  • Folk med ångest (2019; English Translation Anxious People, September 2020)[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fredrik Backman's Biography". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  2. ^ "A Man Called Ove (2015)". Swedish Film Database. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Fredrik Backman's Beartown to be adapted for TV". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  4. ^ Alter, Alexandra (28 October 2016). "The Man Behind 'A Man Called Ove,' Sweden's Latest Hit Novel". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Author Bio - PLG_CONTENT_PAGEBREAK_PAGE_NUM - LitLovers". www.litlovers.com. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  6. ^ Haupt, Angela. "'A Man Called Ove' author Fredrik Backman reflects on the highs and lows of fatherhood". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  7. ^ A Man Called Ove. Simon & Schuster. 5 May 2015. ISBN 9781476738024. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Fredrik Backman's Biography". Litlovers. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  9. ^ Things my son needs to know about the world. worldcat.org. OCLC 1061304451. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  10. ^ My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. Simon & Schuster. 16 June 2015. ISBN 9781501115066. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  11. ^ Britt-Marie Was Here. Simon & Schuster. 7 February 2017. ISBN 9781501142543. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  12. ^ And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella. Simon & Schuster. November 2016. ISBN 9781501160486. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  13. ^ "The Scandal". Penguin Books. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  14. ^ Beartown. Simon & Schuster. 25 April 2017. ISBN 9781501160769. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  15. ^ The Deal of a Lifetime: A Novella. Simon & Schuster. 31 October 2017. ISBN 9781501193491. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Us Against You (sequel to Beartown)". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Anxious People". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 27 December 2019.

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