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Satirical tales of centenarian a joy in politically dismal world

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"The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared," a 2009 comic novel by Swedish author Jonas Jonasson, has been translated into 45 languages.

Set in Sweden, the protagonist, Allan Karlsson, is a centenarian who is bored with life in his retirement home. The plot unfolds with flashbacks of his many adventures in his younger days.

Allan's expertise lay in making vodka from goat's milk and assembling advanced explosives, which he exploited to associate closely with world leaders.

For instance, he was tasked by U.S. President Harry S. Truman to blow up a railway bridge in China. And in Britain,........

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