Jonas Jonasson – The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

An Unpleasant Mess

A novel that should be rightfully ranked in the books-to-be-forgotten category, it is about the picaresque adventures, from birth to extreme old age, of a weird guy from Sweden who, along with some other nasty characters, will find time to leave his mark on world history. Unconvincing in his constant allusion to the value of friendship, shallow in the descriptions of characters, and dull in the settings, the author creates for his protagonist a highly disarranged sequence of facts which only Donald Duck, with his humorous appeal, would perhaps have been able to redeem. Unfortunately Jonas Jonasson is neither Walt Disney nor Carl Barks. And that’s clear from the first to the last of his pages.

Translation edited by Chiara Canova and Robert Mardle