The Kindness

ORIGINAL TITLE: Vänligheten

NUMBER OF PAGES: 715

AUTHOR: John Ajvide Lindqvist

ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Ordfront förlag

GENRE: Current Books, Fiction

A locked, bright yellow shipping container. One morning it shows up in a Swedish small town harbor. No one knows how it got there or what it holds. When the lock is finally cut, something flows out. Something dark that will transform the town and chip away at everyday kindness. Along the way, we follow Max, Siw, Anna, Johan, Marko and Maria – all in their thirties, all dealing with their own problems. But as the town changes, they are brought together in an unexpected way. 

Spanning three decades, The Kindness is a grand narrative of friendship and love in a changing world. With this novel, John Ajvide Lindqvist demonstrates that he is not only Sweden’s master of horror, but also one of the great chroniclers of our times.

Reviews

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“So good that it’s difficult to summarize in a few lines. … Despite its solid 720 pages, it is playfully effortless (but heavy) to get through. It is friendly, terrifying, funny, sad, disgusting, strange, suspenseful and quite amazing. A so-called reading experience. Overall rating: 5 out of 5.”

BTJ

“Let me say it right away: I have seldom read such a well-structured story. It’s over 700 pages, and held me ceaselessly in its grip. How can a story so enchant? … This is magnificent. Here is a drama on par with Selma Lagerlöf. One can merely congratulate readers … one of the best Ajvide [Lindqvist] has written.”

Gefle Dagblad

“How delightful to start a new reading year with a great reading experience! Not once in this brick of a novel did I lose interest in the plot or the characters. I plowed through it in four days. … This is simply a terribly good book”

Bokbox bokblogg

“a book that, despite its size, is not nearly as thick as I wanted it to be. Yes, that’s how much I liked the book. I am hardly unfamiliar with [Ajvide Lindqvist], so I had high expectations going in – and they were fulfilled with flying colors. … the best I have read by John Ajvide Lindqvist. If you like his writing, you will love this novel. If you have a hard time with horror novels, read it anyway, because after all it is mostly about our ability to show a little decent kindness, and we cannot get too much of that.”

LitteraturMagazinet

“As Ajvide Lindqvist has increasingly devoted himself to subtle plumbing of the human soul, he has become an increasingly distinctive and urgent voice in contemporary literature.”

Svenska Dagbladet

The Kindness is a true thriller, a terrible delight to read.”

Borås Tidning

“This is a novel to read in one sitting”

Sydsvenskan

“a near-perfect entertainment novel"

Dagens Nyheter

Endorsements

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"Let The Right One In, the extraordinary international bestseller which launched John Ajvide Lindqvist to the English-speaking world was published by Quercus in 2007. Now, six wonderful books later we have The Kindness -  Lindqvist’s most ambitious work and the major achievement in this stellar career. It is a novel in which metaphysical threats become terrifying and real, and the abandonment of human kindness is deadly. We aim to publish with a real fanfare on the riverrun list in 2022."

Jon Riley, Quercus

Rights sold

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Brazilian Rights sold to Alaúde Editorial Ltda.

Danish Rights sold to Modtryk

Finnish Rights sold to Gummerus

German Rights sold to dtv

Italian Rights sold to Marsilio Editori

Norwegian Rights sold to Cappelen Damm

Polish Rights sold to Zysk

Russian Rights sold to AST

World English Rights sold to Quercus

News

27 apr 2021

Book of the Year 2021 nomination for The Kindness!

The Kindness by John Ajvide Lindqvist is nominated for the Book of the Year 2021 Award” The Jury writes. “Spellbinding and frightfully good about human relations and compassion. A container is found in the harbour of Norrtälje. When it is opened coldness spreads around people and the every day kindness begins...

01 apr 2021

Quercus aquires world-English rights to The Kindness!

 We are very happy to announce that Jon Riley at riverrun, Quercus, has bought world English rights to John Ajvide Lindqvist’s magically thrilling novel The Kindness!  Publisher Jon Riley says:  "Let The Right One In, the extraordinary international bestseller which launched John Ajvide Lindqvist to the English-speaking world was published...

24 feb 2021

The Kindness!

The Kindness is flying off the shelves in Sweden – 15 000 copies sold in just a few weeks! And translation rights are now sold to Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, Poland and Russia.

26 jan 2021

The Kindness – no 1 on the best seller list!

And loved by critics! “So good that it’s difficult to summarize in a few lines. … Despite its solid 720 pages, it is playfully effortless to get through. It is friendly, terrifying, funny, sad, disgusting, strange, suspenseful and quite amazing. A so-called reading experience. Overall rating: 5 out of 5.”BTJ...

17 dec 2020

The Kindness is on its way!

John Ajvide Lindqvist’s longed for, new book The Kindness will reach Swedish bookstores in January, just a few weeks away! “In one sense,  The Kindness is the gentlest thing I have written. In another sense, it’s the most disturbing. There is not a lot of violence or blood; instead there’s the unsettling premise that...