A Man Called Ove

Mirsad / “The Young Man” Character Analysis

Mirsad is a young man in his early 20s who works in a cafe with Adrian. He's supposedly the boss, but seems unsure of his authority. Ove refers to him as the "young man" before learning his name. Mirsad is gay and comes out to his father, Amel, who then kicks Mirsad out. Ove reluctantly takes Mirsad in and has a conversation with Amel to convince him to accept his son. Mirsad later marries Jimmy and the two adopt a daughter.

Mirsad / “The Young Man” Quotes in A Man Called Ove

The A Man Called Ove quotes below are all either spoken by Mirsad / “The Young Man” or refer to Mirsad / “The Young Man”. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Washington Square Press edition of A Man Called Ove published in 2015.
Chapter 32 Quotes

When he almost imperceptibly takes a half step backwards into the hall...he notices, from the corner of his eye, the photo of Sonja on the wall. The red dress. The bus trip to Spain when she was pregnant. He asked her so many times to take that bloody photo down, but she refused. She said it was "a memory worth as much as any other."

Page Number: 280
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Mirsad / “The Young Man” Character Timeline in A Man Called Ove

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6. A Man Called Ove and a Bicycle That Should Have Been Left Where Bicycles Are Left
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...Ove a bastard while the other young man (whose name is later revealed to be Mirsad) steers the youth away from causing trouble. (full context)
29. A Man Called Ove and a Bender
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...cat, and Ove reach the cafe after arguing over where to park. Ove recognizes the young man with black stuff around his eyes. The young man smiles at Ove and Ove nods... (full context)
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...Parvaneh smiles and suggests that Ove has a heart. Adrian fetches his tools as the young man with dark stuff around his eyes comes into the cafe. Adrian introduces the young man... (full context)
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Ove asks the young man if he's wearing makeup. Parvaneh hushes Ove. The boy smiles nervously, confirms that it's makeup,... (full context)
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...cafe, a short, wide man is on a ladder messing with the fan heater. The young man is holding a box of tools, and Parvaneh introduces the wide man as Amel, the... (full context)
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...asks Ove to not say anything to Amel about the young man, whose name is Mirsad, being gay. Ove insists that Adrian has more pressing worries, since he wants to buy... (full context)
32. A Man Called Ove Isn't Running a Damned Hotel
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A few seconds later, Adrian and Mirsad come to Ove's door. Ove naturally thinks they're thieving hooligans and kicks the door open.... (full context)
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Mirsad explains that he told his father, Amel, that he is gay, and Amel had kicked... (full context)
33. A Man Called Ove and an Inspection Tour That Is Not the Usual
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...the house smells like toast, which it hasn't smelled like since Sonja died. He accuses Mirsad of making toast and notices that Mirsad made coffee and fed the cat as well.... (full context)
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...tells Ove that he's starting to exercise and wants to join Ove on his walk. Mirsad briefly explains to Jimmy that he's not getting along with Amel and is staying with... (full context)
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Ove is silent and continues his inspection, but grows noticeably angrier. Mirsad asks Ove if he's okay, and Ove turns and asks Jimmy to confirm Anita's reasons... (full context)
35. A Man Called Ove and Social Incompetence
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...business before. He's spent the last few nights in Patrick and Parvaneh's kitchen with Jimmy, Mirsad, Adrian, and Anders, formulating a plan to help Rune. After a few nights, Ove made... (full context)
37. A Man Called Ove and a Lot of Bastards Sticking Their Noses In
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At the graveyard, Parvaneh, Patrick, Nasanin, the seven-year-old, Jimmy, Adrian, and Mirsad come up behind Ove and greet Sonja. Parvaneh lowers herself down and gives Sonja flowers... (full context)
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When the group gets back to their street, Amel is standing outside Ove's house. Mirsad mumbles a greeting and Ove has dinner at Parvaneh and Patrick's house while Mirsad and... (full context)
39. A Man Called Ove
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...to let Parvaneh follow Ove's stretcher into the operating room and it takes Patrick, Jimmy, Mirsad, Anders, Adrian, and four nurses to keep her from following. She overturns benches and screams... (full context)
A Man Called Ove and an Epilogue
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...their moving van in for them. The next spring, Ove shows Sonja the invitation for Mirsad and Jimmy's wedding. Ove is the best man and Amel holds the party at his... (full context)