A Man Called Ove

Nasanin is Parvaneh and Patrick's three-year-old daughter. Ove finds her toddler language perplexing and her boundless energy tiring. She thinks that Ove is the funniest and most exciting person she's ever met and because of this, she draws pictures of Ove using wild colors. She tries very hard to form a relationship with the cat, though the cat is entirely uninterested in being friends with a toddler. Nasanin also teaches Ove the proper way to read storybooks.

Nasanin Quotes in A Man Called Ove

The A Man Called Ove quotes below are all either spoken by Nasanin or refer to Nasanin. 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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Chapter 13 Quotes

"And you can't let the girls freeze to death tonight, Ove, right? It's quite enough that they had to watch you assault a clown, no?"

Page Number: 127
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Chapter 24 Quotes

When she says that last bit she points at a figure in the middle of the drawing. Everything else on the paper is drawn in black, but the figure in the middle is a veritable explosion of color. A riot of yellow and red and blue and green and orange and purple.
"You're the funniest thing she knows. That's why she always draws you in color," says Parvaneh.

Related Characters: Parvaneh / “The Foreign Pregnant Woman” (speaker), Ove, Nasanin
Related Symbols: Color (Pink)
Page Number: 212
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Chapter 39 Quotes

"They can call me whatever they like. No need for you to stick your bloody nose in."
And then he puts up the drawings one by one on the fridge. The one that says "To Granddad" gets the top spot.

Page Number: 330
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Nasanin Character Timeline in A Man Called Ove

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3. A Man Called Ove Backs Up With a Trailer
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...the flapping three year old on his porch. The older one calls the little one Nasanin, and they walk to the Pregnant Foreign Woman across the street. (full context)
4. A Man Called Ove Does Not Pay a Three-Kroner Surcharge
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...their three-year-old get out of the Toyota. The three-year-old excitedly introduces herself to Ove as Nasanin but when her parents try to introduce themselves, Ove is already heading for the entrance... (full context)
13. A Man Called Ove and a Clown Called Beppo
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Nasanin is delighted by Ove. The seven-year-old is less delighted as she leads her sister up... (full context)
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...sit with Ove while she goes to see Patrick. She disappears before Ove can argue. Nasanin happily screams and runs towards the kids' toys in the waiting room. Ove turns to... (full context)
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...unsuccessfully to not curse as he argues with her about the quality of the book. Nasanin is thrilled that Ove swore and cries "clown!" When Ove insists he's not a clown,... (full context)
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...a security guard standing on either side of them. When Parvaneh asks incredulously what happened, Nasanin happily shrieks that Ove hit the clown. The seven-year-old tries to explain that the clown... (full context)
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When Ove, Parvaneh, Nasanin, and the seven-year-old make it back to Ove's garage, Parvaneh offers to pay Ove's parking... (full context)
22. A Man Called Ove and Someone in a Garage
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Fifteen minutes later, Parvaneh and Nasanin knocked on Ove's door. When Parvaneh heard voices from the parking area, she followed them... (full context)
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...is a hero and saved a man from a train yesterday. Parvaneh is awestruck and Nasanin starts to chase the cat around Ove's ankles. Ove mumbles a brief explanation of what... (full context)
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...third time in a week. The cat looks disappointed that it had to ride with Nasanin in the back seat. Parvaneh had given Lena a business card and instructed her to... (full context)
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...that it has Ove to thank for the fact that it doesn't currently live with Nasanin. The cat goes to sleep and Ove thinks he knows that Nasanin certainly isn't allergic... (full context)
24. A Man Called Ove and a Brat Who Draws In Color
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When Ove leaves the hospital, the Saab is filled with people. Parvaneh gives Nasanin crayons, which makes Ove angry. Patrick is wedged into the middle of the backseat and... (full context)
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...then join him in the afterlife. He slows down and Parvaneh says that she and Nasanin need the restroom. Jimmy suggests they stop at McDonald's, and when Parvaneh glares at Ove,... (full context)
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...the bicycle shed and his passengers get out of the Saab. When Parvaneh lifts out Nasanin, Nasanin waves paper and yells. Parvaneh gives Ove the piece of paper and explains that... (full context)
36. A Man Called Ove and a Whiskey
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...over the night before. The narrator says that last night after dinner at Parvaneh's house, Nasanin had asked Ove to read her a story. After Nasanin and the cat had fallen... (full context)
37. A Man Called Ove and a Lot of Bastards Sticking Their Noses In
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...children. Ove threw the letter away and put the photograph on his fridge next to Nasanin's color drawing of Ove. (full context)
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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... (full context)
39. A Man Called Ove
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...is waiting outside the door. Inside, Parvaneh explains the drawings all over Ove's table that Nasanin and the seven-year-old drew. She looks embarrassed at the writing on the drawings and explains... (full context)
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Ove fetches boxes from the attic, and that evening Parvaneh, Nasanin, and the seven-year-old help put Sonja's things away. After 9:00pm, as the girls sleep on... (full context)
A Man Called Ove and an Epilogue
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...the two men and then most of the other neighbors with house repairs. Ove takes Nasanin to her first day of school, and she teaches Ove how to insert emojis into... (full context)