One of the most important literary works to emerge from Sweden in the last thirty years, Gentlemen takes the reader into the post-WWII era of boxing, jazz, poetry, and espionage.
In Gentlemen, a young, scared writer introduces the reader to the flamboyant and charismatic Morgan brothers. There’s Henry, a boxer with a Gatsby-like capacity for turning life into a celebration, and Leo, a poet and a drunk with a troubled past. They lead the high life in Stockholm until the day that Leo drags Henry into a plot involving illegal weapons and gangsters. Soon, the men find themselves unwittingly and irreversibly caught in a dangerous fate they cannot escape.
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An internationally bestselling classic, now available in BritainAbout the Author:
Klas Östergren was born in Stockholm in 1955 and is the author of several novels including the landmark Gentlemen (1981) and its sequel, Gangsters (2005). A leading star of Swedish literature for nearly three decades, he has won the Piratenpriset and the Doblougska prize from the Swedish Academy. A founder of the rock band Fullersta Revolutionary Orchestra, Östergren has also worked as a translator, playwright, and scriptwriter for television and screen, and he co-wrote Mikael Håfström’s film Ondskan, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. He now lives with his wife and three children in the seafront town of Kivik in southern Sweden.
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