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  • Paperback
  • 298 pages
  • Ondskan
  • Jan Guillou
  • Georgian
  • 11 September 2019

About the Author: Jan Guillou

Jan Oscar Sverre Lucien Henri Guillou born January is a Swedish author and journalist Among his books are a series of spy fiction novels about a spy named Carl Hamilton, and a trilogy of historical fiction novels about a Knight Templar, Arn Magnusson He is the owner of one of the largest publishing companies in Sweden, Piratförlaget, together with Liza Marklund and his common law wife,.



10 thoughts on “Ondskan

  1. Kirstine Kirstine says:

    I read this as part of a project we're about to write at uni. The project is about evil, so this book is certainly fitting.

    When I bought it, the sales person told me That's a really good book. And he was right. It's brilliant. The danish translation is a bit icky at times, but the story itself is incredible.
    And it's a violent book, at the centre of it you find abuse and degradation. But it's also intelligent. Something that comes through in Erik's internal dialogue, and in the conversations between Pierre and Erik. It's a book that explores its own themes, and does it really well.

    There's a lot to analyse, in this case I'll go for the title. What does Evil refer to? Erik? His dad? His school tormentors? His mother and the teachers who turn a blind eye? I believe it's all of them. This is not a book about The Evil, it's about the many different kinds we encounter every day.

    And then it asks the age-old question of whether violence is ever justified as a means of fighting back. This book never really answers that question, all it tells us is that, sometimes, violence works.

    It mirrors a lot of my own thoughts and observations too. Most notably how anxiety (angst) and fear work much better as defence or offence tools than any pain you could ever inflict on someone.

    Once read, it's not a book or a story that's likely to leave you. It forces you to think, to consider where you stand and to form an opinion of the things that take place. And as a result; to examine yourself. What's the right thing to do? What would YOU have done?
    It has much the same effect the movie does, it shocks, it horrifies and it stays with you forever.

  2. Ştefan Bolea Ştefan Bolea says:

    At least 6 stars.

  3. Maja Ingrid Maja Ingrid says:

    Not entirely sure about the rating. Should probably have read it rather than listened to it. Jan Guillou's reading didn't bring much to the experience.

    I'm a big fan of the movie adaption, and having read the book now, I'd say I prefer the movie over the book.

  4. Grada (BoekenTrol) Grada (BoekenTrol) says:

    I must admit that I like Guillou in general before I start writing my review.
    This book has not changed my mind at all. On the contrary. This was a book that cought me from page one. Not only the story, but also the ease it seems to be written with. The author uses every day language, no decorations, he just tells what he has to tell.
    The story of a boy that is severely beaten by his father, and how he survives that. Simultaneously that same boy is part of a group that terrorizes others at school and commits criminal acts.
    When all comes out, he is sent to bording school. He looks forward to it, being away from his father and the never stopping beatings. Until he finds, that boarding school is even worse: there's not only one, but there is a whole counsil that tries to break him.
    How he fights the system, stands up to it and faces the consequenses, it cought me. Despite what happened in the past and what he is going through now, he finds a friend there. They have long conversations, stand up for each other and almost untill the end of their time at boarding school they are together. He takes revenge for what the board did to his friend, but in a way that noone can pin it down to him. Only on his last day he admits his deeds, just before walking out for good.
    But the best scene I found the final confrontation with his father. When coming home, his father thought to go on with him in the old way. He forgot, or didn't want to admit, that his son grew up, got stronger. So, when they stood face to face, Erik only talked. Talked about what he was going to do. And his father already broke, not used to any comment, any reply and out of fear.
    Whether the fight really occurred, the book doesn't describe. For me this was a happy ending enough. No need to go on any futher, since the point was made: he won, finally.

  5. Jhannas Jhannas says:

    My mothertongue being Swedish I've heard a lot of hype about this book over the years. And by the creed 'no one is a prophet in his own hometown' I never took it seriously, despite not even being of the same nationality as the author. But I've now read it for school and it far exceeded my expectations. It's a bit teenage-angsty but if you, like me, delight in reading about suffering and those who power through it you will love this book. The main character is portrayed in a way that I at times was taken aback by. The way he knew himself to be steered by his emotions and knew he couldn't avoid it. That acceptance he had of his own emotional self. It felt refreshing. I don't think a woman could have written a book like this. Or, rather, I don't think a woman would have written this book like this. And well, truth is, no one could have written this book but Guillou. He doesn't advertise it anywhere on, or in, the book but it is a autobiografi, which is both horrifying and amazing. And it makes me wonder how much of it is true. Even as fiction it is gruesome and it makes me ache to think that Guillou has lived through this. Perhaps there is a reason for the macho, 'you can't do shit to me' way he carries himself (that same confidence that has made me sort of take a dislike to him whenever I see him on the telly...). Definitely a book worth reading.

  6. Sebastian Sampallo Sebastian Sampallo says:

    Great book. This is not the first book of Guillou that I have read, but it was by far the best. While I (as well as about everyone in Sweden) already was familiar to Ondskan and its plot through seeing the movie, I had never read the book before. The book was better, although I think the movie holds up well.

    Ondskan is a very strong depiction of violence (in many different forms), oppression and wickedness. Once I started reading it, I did not want to stop. Usually I am not a fan of too much realistic violence (and Ondskan is riddled with that), I could not help but enjoying the way in which violence was used by the main character, Erik Ponti, in Ondskan. It was raw, gritty and dark. (view spoiler)[But damn I loved it when he smacked those silver spoon feed assholes' noses. And the final scene when he deals with his father. Daaaaamn, that S.O.B's gonna get his ass handed to him. (hide spoiler)]

  7. Sofia Sofia says:

    You're evil incarnate, and you need to be destroyed.


    Erik Ponti just wants to leave all the violence and criminality behind. He wants to get away from his sadistic devil of a father, his dreary school, and the so-called friends who let him down. When he is transferred to a new boarding school, Stjärnberg, he thinks it might just be the saving grace he has been waiting for. He can finally start over: nobody knows him on Stjärnberg. Instead of Erik the violent gang leader, he can be Erik, the quiet boy with the goofy haircut.

    Unfortunately, that's not what happens.

    Stjärnberg turns out to be a melting pot of violence and insanity. In Stjärnberg, it's up to the older students to educate their younger peers in proper behaviour, and the teachers are not allowed to interfere. They call it comrade rearing. In actuality, the last year-students dominate the younger ones through methodical harassments and beatings. In Stjärnberg, the rules of the real world don’t apply.

    Erik doesn't fit into this world. At all. But, thanks to his indomitable personality and skills as a fighter, he is most certainly not helpless.


    What worked? So much!

    First of all: the prose. Jan Guillou doesn't care about proper grammar or pretentious formulations or shit like that. He writes honestly and fluently, sets the mood of every scene perfectly by choosing his words carefully and slowing down or speeding up the rhythm when it's needed. He is no doubt up there with Stephen King when it comes to good prose. I read this book in Swedish, the original language, but I'm aware that many of the readers on this site might have to read a copy in another language. All I can hope is that the translation holds up to the original. It's a shame to miss it.

    Second, the characters. There are some characters in this book that aren't nearly well-developed enough (which is mostly why I did not give it five stars), but those that are developed are wonderful. Erik is a manipulative, violent young man with issues as large as Australia. But he is also incredibly intelligent, vulnerable, and painfully sympathetic. He's the best fighter you will ever see, not because he's the biggest or strongest or fastest, but because he knows how to play his opponent. He knows how people work. He knows how to make them scared. And, as Erik himself states, fear is really much worse than pain. Over and over again, we see him use his amazing intellect to manipulate people into giving up before they ever realize it. It's often-times satisfying, sometimes frightening, but rarely unenjoyable.

    Pierre Tanguy, Erik's best friend, is another wonderful character. They're as different as night and day, but balance each other perfectly. I deeply enjoyed their friendship; the scenes where they interacted casually or worked together were some of my favourites, and without giving away too many spoilers, (view spoiler)[it was heart-wrenching to see the turn their relationship took (hide spoiler)]

  8. Ash Gawain Ash Gawain says:

    Sweden in the late 1950s. At home, teenager Erik Ponti is beaten by his sadistic step-father. At school, he is a gang-leader who steal audio-disks and resell them, until he is caught and expelled. As a result, Erik Ponti is sent to a boarding school meant for the male elite of the Swedish society, were discipline is managed by the students themselves.
    Bullying and corporal punishment by older students are part of everyday life at the Stjärnsberg school. Except that Erik Ponti won’t let himself be bullied and fights back.
    Definitely one of Jan Guillou’s best books. By reading it, you ponder over the meaning of resistance in an unfair establishment. While some argue of the value of peaceful demonstrations, Guillou enlightens about the virtue of more radical actions.

  9. Emelie Eriksson Emelie Eriksson says:

    Didn’t know Swedish literature could be this good, I’m shooketh!

  10. Summer Summer says:

    Evil and violence, rarely makes such a strong impression. Maybe it is because it was accompanied by wishes for peace and tolerance as well.

    Ondskan is a book about all of the above; it discusses domestic violence (a son beaten by the father) and violence as a way to power (the reality at the Swedish boys' boarding school, which is the main setting). The main character Erik has to cope with both, and find a way to win over these and over his oppressors with or without the use of violence himself. We, standing on the sidelines of this great circus, follows his fights, feels his pain, feels his losses, and learns from and enjoys the intelligent and hopeful discussions he has with his friend, who opens his eyes to a world where violence isn't the main component nor the strongest force.

    Guillou sends powerful messages through this captivating book, which is worth a read for its inspiring discussions alone.

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10 thoughts on “Ondskan

  1. Kirstine Kirstine says:

    I read this as part of a project we're about to write at uni. The project is about evil, so this book is certainly fitting.

    When I bought it, the sales person told me That's a really good book. And he was right. It's brilliant. The danish translation is a bit icky at times, but the story itself is incredible.
    And it's a violent book, at the centre of it you find abuse and degradation. But it's also intelligent. Something that comes through in Erik's internal dialogue, and in the conversations between Pierre and Erik. It's a book that explores its own themes, and does it really well.

    There's a lot to analyse, in this case I'll go for the title. What does Evil refer to? Erik? His dad? His school tormentors? His mother and the teachers who turn a blind eye? I believe it's all of them. This is not a book about The Evil, it's about the many different kinds we encounter every day.

    And then it asks the age-old question of whether violence is ever justified as a means of fighting back. This book never really answers that question, all it tells us is that, sometimes, violence works.

    It mirrors a lot of my own thoughts and observations too. Most notably how anxiety (angst) and fear work much better as defence or offence tools than any pain you could ever inflict on someone.

    Once read, it's not a book or a story that's likely to leave you. It forces you to think, to consider where you stand and to form an opinion of the things that take place. And as a result; to examine yourself. What's the right thing to do? What would YOU have done?
    It has much the same effect the movie does, it shocks, it horrifies and it stays with you forever.

  2. Ştefan Bolea Ştefan Bolea says:

    At least 6 stars.

  3. Maja Ingrid Maja Ingrid says:

    Not entirely sure about the rating. Should probably have read it rather than listened to it. Jan Guillou's reading didn't bring much to the experience.

    I'm a big fan of the movie adaption, and having read the book now, I'd say I prefer the movie over the book.

  4. Grada (BoekenTrol) Grada (BoekenTrol) says:

    I must admit that I like Guillou in general before I start writing my review.
    This book has not changed my mind at all. On the contrary. This was a book that cought me from page one. Not only the story, but also the ease it seems to be written with. The author uses every day language, no decorations, he just tells what he has to tell.
    The story of a boy that is severely beaten by his father, and how he survives that. Simultaneously that same boy is part of a group that terrorizes others at school and commits criminal acts.
    When all comes out, he is sent to bording school. He looks forward to it, being away from his father and the never stopping beatings. Until he finds, that boarding school is even worse: there's not only one, but there is a whole counsil that tries to break him.
    How he fights the system, stands up to it and faces the consequenses, it cought me. Despite what happened in the past and what he is going through now, he finds a friend there. They have long conversations, stand up for each other and almost untill the end of their time at boarding school they are together. He takes revenge for what the board did to his friend, but in a way that noone can pin it down to him. Only on his last day he admits his deeds, just before walking out for good.
    But the best scene I found the final confrontation with his father. When coming home, his father thought to go on with him in the old way. He forgot, or didn't want to admit, that his son grew up, got stronger. So, when they stood face to face, Erik only talked. Talked about what he was going to do. And his father already broke, not used to any comment, any reply and out of fear.
    Whether the fight really occurred, the book doesn't describe. For me this was a happy ending enough. No need to go on any futher, since the point was made: he won, finally.

  5. Jhannas Jhannas says:

    My mothertongue being Swedish I've heard a lot of hype about this book over the years. And by the creed 'no one is a prophet in his own hometown' I never took it seriously, despite not even being of the same nationality as the author. But I've now read it for school and it far exceeded my expectations. It's a bit teenage-angsty but if you, like me, delight in reading about suffering and those who power through it you will love this book. The main character is portrayed in a way that I at times was taken aback by. The way he knew himself to be steered by his emotions and knew he couldn't avoid it. That acceptance he had of his own emotional self. It felt refreshing. I don't think a woman could have written a book like this. Or, rather, I don't think a woman would have written this book like this. And well, truth is, no one could have written this book but Guillou. He doesn't advertise it anywhere on, or in, the book but it is a autobiografi, which is both horrifying and amazing. And it makes me wonder how much of it is true. Even as fiction it is gruesome and it makes me ache to think that Guillou has lived through this. Perhaps there is a reason for the macho, 'you can't do shit to me' way he carries himself (that same confidence that has made me sort of take a dislike to him whenever I see him on the telly...). Definitely a book worth reading.

  6. Sebastian Sampallo Sebastian Sampallo says:

    Great book. This is not the first book of Guillou that I have read, but it was by far the best. While I (as well as about everyone in Sweden) already was familiar to Ondskan and its plot through seeing the movie, I had never read the book before. The book was better, although I think the movie holds up well.

    Ondskan is a very strong depiction of violence (in many different forms), oppression and wickedness. Once I started reading it, I did not want to stop. Usually I am not a fan of too much realistic violence (and Ondskan is riddled with that), I could not help but enjoying the way in which violence was used by the main character, Erik Ponti, in Ondskan. It was raw, gritty and dark. (view spoiler)[But damn I loved it when he smacked those silver spoon feed assholes' noses. And the final scene when he deals with his father. Daaaaamn, that S.O.B's gonna get his ass handed to him. (hide spoiler)]

  7. Sofia Sofia says:

    You're evil incarnate, and you need to be destroyed.


    Erik Ponti just wants to leave all the violence and criminality behind. He wants to get away from his sadistic devil of a father, his dreary school, and the so-called friends who let him down. When he is transferred to a new boarding school, Stjärnberg, he thinks it might just be the saving grace he has been waiting for. He can finally start over: nobody knows him on Stjärnberg. Instead of Erik the violent gang leader, he can be Erik, the quiet boy with the goofy haircut.

    Unfortunately, that's not what happens.

    Stjärnberg turns out to be a melting pot of violence and insanity. In Stjärnberg, it's up to the older students to educate their younger peers in proper behaviour, and the teachers are not allowed to interfere. They call it comrade rearing. In actuality, the last year-students dominate the younger ones through methodical harassments and beatings. In Stjärnberg, the rules of the real world don’t apply.

    Erik doesn't fit into this world. At all. But, thanks to his indomitable personality and skills as a fighter, he is most certainly not helpless.


    What worked? So much!

    First of all: the prose. Jan Guillou doesn't care about proper grammar or pretentious formulations or shit like that. He writes honestly and fluently, sets the mood of every scene perfectly by choosing his words carefully and slowing down or speeding up the rhythm when it's needed. He is no doubt up there with Stephen King when it comes to good prose. I read this book in Swedish, the original language, but I'm aware that many of the readers on this site might have to read a copy in another language. All I can hope is that the translation holds up to the original. It's a shame to miss it.

    Second, the characters. There are some characters in this book that aren't nearly well-developed enough (which is mostly why I did not give it five stars), but those that are developed are wonderful. Erik is a manipulative, violent young man with issues as large as Australia. But he is also incredibly intelligent, vulnerable, and painfully sympathetic. He's the best fighter you will ever see, not because he's the biggest or strongest or fastest, but because he knows how to play his opponent. He knows how people work. He knows how to make them scared. And, as Erik himself states, fear is really much worse than pain. Over and over again, we see him use his amazing intellect to manipulate people into giving up before they ever realize it. It's often-times satisfying, sometimes frightening, but rarely unenjoyable.

    Pierre Tanguy, Erik's best friend, is another wonderful character. They're as different as night and day, but balance each other perfectly. I deeply enjoyed their friendship; the scenes where they interacted casually or worked together were some of my favourites, and without giving away too many spoilers, (view spoiler)[it was heart-wrenching to see the turn their relationship took (hide spoiler)]

  8. Ash Gawain Ash Gawain says:

    Sweden in the late 1950s. At home, teenager Erik Ponti is beaten by his sadistic step-father. At school, he is a gang-leader who steal audio-disks and resell them, until he is caught and expelled. As a result, Erik Ponti is sent to a boarding school meant for the male elite of the Swedish society, were discipline is managed by the students themselves.
    Bullying and corporal punishment by older students are part of everyday life at the Stjärnsberg school. Except that Erik Ponti won’t let himself be bullied and fights back.
    Definitely one of Jan Guillou’s best books. By reading it, you ponder over the meaning of resistance in an unfair establishment. While some argue of the value of peaceful demonstrations, Guillou enlightens about the virtue of more radical actions.

  9. Emelie Eriksson Emelie Eriksson says:

    Didn’t know Swedish literature could be this good, I’m shooketh!

  10. Summer Summer says:

    Evil and violence, rarely makes such a strong impression. Maybe it is because it was accompanied by wishes for peace and tolerance as well.

    Ondskan is a book about all of the above; it discusses domestic violence (a son beaten by the father) and violence as a way to power (the reality at the Swedish boys' boarding school, which is the main setting). The main character Erik has to cope with both, and find a way to win over these and over his oppressors with or without the use of violence himself. We, standing on the sidelines of this great circus, follows his fights, feels his pain, feels his losses, and learns from and enjoys the intelligent and hopeful discussions he has with his friend, who opens his eyes to a world where violence isn't the main component nor the strongest force.

    Guillou sends powerful messages through this captivating book, which is worth a read for its inspiring discussions alone.

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