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A Man Called Ove: Introduction
A Man Called Ove: Plot Summary
A Man Called Ove: Detailed Summary & Analysis
A Man Called Ove: Themes
A Man Called Ove: Quotes
A Man Called Ove: Characters
A Man Called Ove: Symbols
A Man Called Ove: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Fredrik Backman
Historical Context of A Man Called Ove
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- Full Title: A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)
- When Written: 2009-2012
- Where Written: Sweden
- When Published: The novel was first published in Sweden in 2012. The English translation was published in 2013.
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Contemporary fiction
- Setting: An unnamed town in Sweden, early 2010s
- Climax: Ove has a heart attack
- Antagonist: The men in white shirts
- Point of View: Third person limited
Extra Credit for A Man Called Ove
Chapter length. The length of chapters in A Man Called Ove is intentional. Each chapter is written to be about the same length as an average magazine article, which Backman has said in interviews makes the book more readable.
"Please Ove, just let it go!" Backman borrowed Ove's name and grouchy character from another blogger, Jonas Cramby. On his blog, Cramby recounted being in line at a museum behind an angry old man named Ove who fought with a docent about the correct pronunciation of a painter's name. Ove's wife sighed, led him away, and asked him to let it go.