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“A Man Called Ove” book for Saab fans

Saab Book "A Man Called Ove"

A Man Called Ove” is a novel (and bestseller) by a Swedish author, Fredrik Backman. Saabs and the love of them are central to the story and besides that, it’s a great read. The main protagonists in this book is Ove – a Jack Nicholson style curmudgeon living in a Swedish housing estate who spends his days policing the residential laws. After his wife dies, Ove sees little point in carrying on, but every time he tries to end his life he keeps getting interrupted by one of his neighbours.

He drives a Saab and Anyone who doesn’t drive a Saab is an idiot. Still, his jaundiced views sometimes are fun to try on:
In the parking area, Ove sees that imbecile Anders backing his Audi out of his garage. It has those new, wave-shaped headlights, Ove notes, presumably designed so that no one at night will be able to avoid the insight that here comes a car driven by an utter shit.

A Man Called Ove inexorably links the man and his cherished Saab. Ove’s first vehicle, inherited from his father at age 16, was a restored green 1949 Saab 92, a two-door coupe, the distinctive Swedish automobile manufacturer’s first production car. Ove’s devotion and brand loyalty to the company’s Swedish roots is so steadfast that he ceases purchasing new cars after the General Motors acquisition, choosing instead to retain his dark blue 1998 Saab 9-5 Estate model.

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel (Hardcover)
A Man Called Ove: A Novel (Hardcover)

In fact, the only car he approves of is the Saab. He has never owned any other car. Whenever he sold his current car, it was always to buy another Saab. He moans that people don’t even make cars like that. A good friend of his used to drive a Volvo. But when he bought a BMW one day, that was it. Ove did not talk to him again. According to Ove, there was no coming back from that

This word-of-mouth bestseller has sold more than 650,000 copies in Sweden.

Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

1 Comment

  • I just finished. Amazing book. I laught and to be honest my eyes were little wet at the end of the book. I recomend it to everyone. Great book with great story.

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