Sweet Sweet Revenge Ltd is the latest hilarious feel-good fiction from the internationally bestselling Jonas Jonasson and the most fun you’ll have in 2021. Here, he introduces the novel to readers.
When I lived in the countryside, I had a poultry house with eight hens and two roosters. They were all named after famous people. One day, a fox killed Angela Merkel. Sometime later, I was forced, without too much misery, to wring Donald Trump’s neck when his behaviour turned too cocky, flapping his claws way too close to my son’s face. Trump saw my son as a competitor. He wasn’t the brightest one. Any other similarities between the rooster and the original are purely coincidental.
A couple of miles from our home lived a professional chicken breeder. I went to him every time I needed refills in the poultry house. I got to know him a little. Next to the chicken farm he had built a go-cart track. He lived near the sea where there were many tourists. He thought he’d provide them with something fun to do, other than just sun-bathing on the beach. He sold go-cart races for one hundred Swedish crowns each, ten minutes long.
Chicken breeder and go-cart entrepreneur. But he was more than that. He was a jujutsu teacher. And had a PhD in international economics. And was a composer of classical music. And a pianist. I always use him as an example of what kind of people there are out there in the world. Those who are different. I sort of collect them. Memorize them. Store them and bring them out when needed.
I have never placed any real characters in any of my books, not straight off. Because truth is stranger than fiction. If I had a main character in a book who raised chickens, conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, and sold go-cart tickets, you would stop reading right away and think to yourself that it was all nonsense.
But I take a little here and a little there. And when I’m skilled enough, it starts to sparkle as different characters, odd in their own way, come together. Add to that the story itself, as well as my sincere social involvement. And there you have it: a novel by Jonas Jonasson. A break from the general misery which surrounds us. A smile. And preferably an image of how it is, and how it should be, instead.
In Sweet Sweet Revenge Ltd. I send a true Maasai warrior to northern Europe. There, he meets an extraordinary entrepreneur, an unscrupulous art dealer – and a young couple with every reason in the world to demand revenge. I spice this up with two expressionist works of art. But who painted them? Who owns them, and above all, what does the pope have to do with everything?
I wish you a pleasant read. But most of all, I want you to keep an eye out for all the chicken breeding composers out there. Or why not go all the way? Become one yourself!
– Jonas Jonasson
Victor Alderheim has a lot to answer for. Not only has he heartlessly tricked his young ex-wife, Jenny, out of her art gallery inheritance, but he has also abandoned his son, Kevin, to die in the middle of the Kenyan savanna.
It doesn’t occur to Victor that Kevin might be rescued and adopted by a Maasai medicine man, or that he might be expected to undergo the rituals expected of all new Maasai warriors – which have him running back to Stockholm as fast as you can say circumcision without anaesthetic.
Back in Stockholm, Kevin’s path crosses with Jenny’s – and they have an awful lot to talk about, not least a shared desire to get even with Victor. So it’s convenient when they run into a man selling revenge services, who has an ingenious idea involving Victor’s cellar, a goat, some forged paintings, four large boxes of sex toys, and a kilo of flour…
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