The Hundred-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

The Hundred-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared


By (author) Jonas Jonasson, Translated by Rod Bradbury

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  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 125mm x 195mm x 29mm | 366g
  • Publication date: 27 June 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843914824
  • ISBN 13: 9781843914822
  • Edition statement: Film tie-in
  • Sales rank: 42,620

Product description

It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not - Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan's earlier life in which - remarkably - he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. The Swedish film, produced by Nice Entertainment and FLX Film and distributed by StudioCanal will release in the UK in early 2014.

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Author information

Jonas Jonasson was born in Sweden in 1962. He has a professional background as a journalist and media consultant. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is his first novel which Jonasson describes as 'An intelligent, very stupid book'.

Review quote

'Arguably the biggest word-of-mouth literary sensation of the decade' The Independent 'Completely crazy, an incredibly funny story' Aftonbladet, Sweden 'Swedish black comic novel that reads like a road trip with Forrest Gump at the wheel', Netherlands 'First rate' Der Spiegel, Germany 'Dynamite comedy' Le Figaro, France 'Hilarious - a publishing phenomenon' Corriere della Sera, Italy