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The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

Jonas Jonasson    
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Format: Paperback - C format
Pages: 400
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The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared


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After a long and eventful life Allan Karlsson is moved to a nursing home to await the inevitable. But his health refuses to fail and as his 100th birthday looms a huge party is planned. Allan wants no part of it and decides to climb out the window... Charming and funny; a European publishing phenomenon.


Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . .

Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving a suitcase full of cash, a few thugs, a very friendly hot-dog stand operator, a few deaths, an elephant and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed. A life in which - remarkably - he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.

The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is a charming, warm and funny novel, beautifully woven with history and politics.

Jonas Jonasson was born in Sweden in 1962. A former journalist and media consultant, he is now writing his second novel.

ISBN: 9781743311271
Australian Pub.: January 2012
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Subject: Literary fiction
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'Charming, sharp and inventive' - read the rest of this review

'Scandi-crime's signature darkness is here dispelled by Allan Karlsson, the eponymous centenarian, who with unlikely sprightliness hops out of the window of his old people's home one afternoon . . . Fast-moving and relentlessly sunny . . . Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.'
- The Guardian

'Eccentric, unusual and far-fetched in the best possible way.'
- The Bookseller

'A silly and wonderful novel. The scenes will just keep readers amused almost non-stop, and that's a feat few writers achieve. A great cure for the blues, especially for anyone who might feel bad about growing older.'
- Kirkus Reviews

'A laugh-out-loud debut . . . Historical figures like Mao's third wife, Vice President Truman, and Stalin appear, to great comic effect. Other characters--most notably Albert Einstein's hapless half-brother--are cleverly spun into the raucous yarn, and all help drive this gentle lampoon of procedurals and thrillers.'
- Publishers Weekly

'Imaginative, laugh-out-loud . . . a brilliant satire on the foibles of mankind.'
- The Telegraph (UK)

'A mordantly funny and loopily freewheeling debut novel about ageing disgracefully.'
- The Sunday Times

'The anti–Girl With the Dragon Tattoo . . . Jonasson's lighthearted novel shows the softer side of Sweden. . .  hilarious.'
- Marie Claire