Vinnarna - Fredrik Backman

Vinnarna by Fredrik Backman available at American Swedish Institute.

Vinnarna - Fredrik Backman

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This is a small story about big questions: What is a family? What is a hockey club? What is a society? And what are we ready to sacrifice to protect them?

It's been two years since everything that no one wants to think about happened, everyone has tried to move on but something about this part of the forest never quite lets us do that. We are a city with sadness in our hearts and violence in our air, we love fairy tales with happy endings but deep down we probably always knew that this wasn't one. It starts with a storm, this time, and ends with a fire. Someone who has been away for a long time is coming home. Someone is buried. Someone falls in love, someone dreams of the NHL and someone dreams of revenge. Someone is sleeping back to back with their best friend, someone is trying to fix their marriage and someone is trying to save their children. Someone hates, someone fights, someone takes a firearm and heads for an ice rink. Everything we fought for will not survive, everyone we love will not grow old.

So what is a family? A hockey club? A community? They are the sum of our choices. What are we ready to sacrifice to protect them?

All. Just everything.


This is the last part in Fredrik Backman's beloved trilogy about Björnstad. The first two books, "Björnstad" and "Vi mot er", reached the New York Times bestseller list and became a television series on HBO. "The Winners" is a hard-hitting, violent and deeply loving end to the story of the hockey town and its people.

Swedish Language text.

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, and Anxious People, as well as two novellas and one work of nonfiction. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.