The Prophet and the Idiot: A Novel (Paperback)

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"A fun road trip journey of discovery, featuring a mismatched trio of peculiar personalities!

Johan, after years under the thumb of his dictator-like big brother, is insecure about everything, even his own gourmet cooking.  He is lost in so many ways until he meets Petra, a self-taught astrophysicist whose calculations prove the end of the world is coming in twelve days. They team up with Agnes, a seventy five year-old widow and fake "influencer" who has lost all zest for life. The three embark on a trip to confront the wrongs in their lives, and to run from the law, and take us from Sweden to a tiny island off of the coast of Africa, where corruption has reigned, and on to the United States.  This is a wild trip of a novel,  with characters that will stay with you long after the story is over.  Author of The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. For fans of Frederick Backman!"--Reviewed by Jennifer

Obsessed by what they are certain is the impending apocalypse, a mismatched trio set off on a globetrotting road-trip in the latest feel-good adventure from the internationally bestselling author of The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.

In the fading days of late summer, 2011, self-taught astrophysicist Petra has calculated that the atmosphere will collapse in a few weeks’ time—on September 21, at approximately 9:20 pm—ending the world as we know it.

But the distraught Petra will not have to carry the burden of this terrible news alone for long. Fate intervenes, bringing her into the orbit of a pair of unlikely companions: Johan, a man whose intellectual prowess is remarkably overshadowed by his culinary skills, and Agnes, a seventy-five-year-old widow who has made a fortune posing as a young influencer on social media. Convincing them of the impending doom, Petra, Johan, and Agnes embark on a wild adventure in a camper van that will take them from their homes in Sweden, through Europe, to their destination: Rome.

Johan plans to make the most of the time he has left. He has decided at last to stand up to his heinous big brother, promising to deliver a swift yet brutal blow in more ways than one. But, of course, nothing ever goes as planned. Not even the end of the world. . . .

In this, his sixth novel, Jonas Jonasson takes us on a dazzling odyssey across the globe–from Sweden, through Europe, across Africa, and all the way to the US. The Prophet and the Idiot is an immensely funny, socially conscious, and life-affirming yarn about what happens when three odd yet fully reasonable characters come together and find cause to make mutual plans, all relayed in Jonasson’s classically hilarious style.

Translated from the Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles

JONAS JONASSON worked as a journalist for the Expressen newspaper for many years. He became a media consultant and later set up a company producing sports and events for Swedish television. He then sold the company and moved abroad to work on his first novel. Today Jonasson is a global phenomenon. His five novels—The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All, The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared—have sold sixteen million copies in forty-six countries. Jonas Jonasson lives on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea.

Product Details ISBN: 9780063371668
ISBN-10: 0063371669
Publisher: HarperVia
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2024
Pages: 448
Language: English