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After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health—and tomorrow is his hundredth birthday. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. 

He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant.

Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed over two million people around the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Imaginative, laugh-out-loud...a brilliant satire.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “Completely crazy, an incredibly funny story.”

    Aftonbladet (Sweden)

  • “First-rate.”

    Der Spiegel (Germany)

  • “Overflowing with humor.” 

    El Mundo (Spain)

  • “Dynamite comedy.”

    Le Figaro (France)

  • “[A] laugh-out-loud debut.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As Allan’s colorful and complex history merges with his present-day escapades, readers will be treated to a new and charmingly funny version of world history and get to know a very youthful old man whose global influence knows no age limit. An international bestseller, this is an engaging tale of one man’s life lived to the fullest.”

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  • “A Swedish debut novel that will keep readers chuckling.... Coincidence and absurdity are at the core of this silly and wonderful novel...A great cure for the blues, especially for anyone who might feel bad about growing older.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book of 2012
  • A Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book, September 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sue | 2/19/2014

    " One of those books I wish I hadn't read yet- just so I could read it all over again. References to real people in history and how cleverly they are woven into this story are just brilliant. Lovely characters and a wonderfully absurd chain of events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison | 2/14/2014

    " Something really different! I read it in only two days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shelley Des forges | 2/12/2014

    " Not sure what I expected but certainly wasn't the story that unravelled! A few too many lucky escapes for my liking... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sally | 2/3/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book - it reminded me of early Karl Hiaassen - funny and subversive. It also gave a potted history of 20th century world politics - and believe me that was not as boring as it sounds! Great fun read. "

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