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Jonas Jonasson was born Per Ola Jonasson on July 6, 1961 in Southen Sweden. He is a Swedish journalist and writer who is best known for his book, The Hundred-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Dispappeared. He studied Swedish and Spanish at the University of Gothenburg and started working mostrar mais as a journalist for the Vaxjo newspaper "Smalandsposten" and the Swedish evening tabloid "Expressen". He also used his talents for writing and founded a media company, OTW with 100 employees. In 2007 he finished his first book, The Hundred-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. His writing has been honored with the Swedish Book Award, German Pioneer Prize, Danish Audio Book and Prix Escapades. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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(eng) Do not combine with the Icelandic author Jónas Jónasson. Note the diacritics in the Icelander's name.

Image credit: Writer Jonas Jonasson autographs in Cologne - A.Savin


Obras por Jonas Jonasson


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Jonasson, Per Ola (birth name)
Local de nascimento
Växjö, Småland, Sweden
University of Gothenburg
Prémios e menções honrosas
Swedish Booksellers Award (2010)
German Pioneer Prize (M-Pionier Preis) from Mayersche Buchhandlung (2011)
Danish Audiobook Award (2011)
Prix Escapades (2012)
Nota de desambiguação
Do not combine with the Icelandic author Jónas Jónasson. Note the diacritics in the Icelander's name.



A cheery, feel-good novel. This book covers the life and times of Allan Karlssson, unwilling resident of Malmkoping Old People's Home. His disappearance and subsequent adventures are detailed in this account, together with a parallel account of his involvement with more than a handful of the 20th century's most notable leaders, throughout the world. Allan is an innocent with the knack of being in the right place at the right time. He falls in with one rogue after another, but each is more affable than the last, while the Police and other law makers are a pretty useless bunch.

This is a charming book, though one that perhaps is just a litle too long. It's a perfect contrast however to the somewhat dark crime novels that have emerged from Scandinavia in recent years. Why not read it?
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Margaret09 | 456 outras críticas | Apr 15, 2024 |
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The Prophet and the Idiot (Profeten och idioten) by Jonas Jonasson is a novel telling of an absurd adventure of an astrophysicist, a rich widow, and a genius chef/moron going on a road trip. Mr. Jonasson is a best-selling Swedish author known for showing the absurdities of normalcy.

Petra, an astrophysicist, calculated that the world will be on 12 September 2011. No one believes her but a few days before “the end”, she meets Johan, an idiot and a self-taught master chef.

Johan’s plan is to go and punch his older, abusive brother before the world ends. Joined by Petra and Agnes, a rich widow, the three drive Johan’s mobile home across the globe.

This is the author’s sixth novel, and the ones I’ve read I always enjoyed. Like his other books, The Prophet and the Idiot by Jonas Jonasson (translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles) is an exciting romp involving international politics, fraud, corruption, the mafia, and throw in Barack Obama for good measure.

In true Jonasson manner, the book is well written, satirical, quirky, and a lot of fun to read. The first half is excellent, but I felt the second half fell flat when the schtick was up. It was not as funny, not as interesting. The theme of an ordinary person ending up in the middle of world politics gets lost amid the absurd chaos.

The book combines a fast narrative with humor, touching pop culture, and current events so almost everyone can be “in the know”. This makes the stories, regardless of the old clichés, something that many could enjoy.

This approach, as with many things in life, is both the strength and weakness of Mr. Jonasson’s books. Keeping up the fast pace for over 448 pages is tiring for both the author and readers. Absurd things are happening right after the other, and the novelty of an idiot doing idiotic things wears off after 200 or so pages.

Now, I have to go find some Västerbotten cheese to try.
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ZoharLaor | Apr 12, 2024 |
Libro simpático y original. Para pasar unas tardes agradable.
MiguelReviejo | 456 outras críticas | Apr 7, 2024 |
A very silly story. Light reading for stress relief or laid-back holidays. :)
daplz | 456 outras críticas | Apr 7, 2024 |



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