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Lasermannen: En berättelse om Sverige

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  422 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Under några månader årsskiftet 1991 och 1992 var Stockholm en stad i skräck. En okänd gärningsman, beväpnad med ett lasergevär, sköt sammanlagt 11 personer vid tio olika attentat. En dog, flera fick men för livet. Det enda offren hade gemensamt var sitt mörka hår och mörka hudfärg. Samtidigt genomgick Sverige sin värsta ekonomiska kris på decennier. I arbetslöshetens och k ...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Ordfront (first published 2002)
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The true story about a boy with German parents, growing up in Sweden, and finally shooting eleven people, of which one died. It began with a little boy being different from the Swedish children, having dark hair and a different name - back then it was Wolfgang Alexander Zaugg - being bullied at the playground and not defended by his mother, who didn't comfort him and used to beat him. This created the first spark that would become John Ausonius.

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Tamas narrates the story about the Swedish serial killer "Lasermannen" in the context of the political and societal climate of Sweden at the time of the killings. At once a thrilling story of the police investigator's struggles in catching a serial killer and an insightful description of Sweden in the 1990s. A solid 4 star book.
Klas Nilsson
Possibly one of the most important books anyone could read right now. Written ten years ago, about an assassin with racial motives who spread terror ten years before that, it's still all to current. In 2013 a racist political party is once again, just as in the early nineties, the third largest party in Sweden. A shameful fact. Reading this story really visualizes how the story repeats itself. Now. Twenty-five years ago. Seventy-five years ago.
Reinaldo Lourenço
Conheci este livro qdo andava a ler os livros de Stieg Larsson m como era caro demorei a compra-lo.
Mesmo dp de compra-lo a 50% desc demorei mto tempo a lê-lo. E a espera nao compensou :( é o problema das expectativas mto elevadas :)
M o livro é bastante bom, apenas cortava a parte politica da historia q acaba por ser boring... de resto o lasermannen é uma historia macabra...
Anita Pais
Gostei bastante do livro, apesar de por vezes a parte da politica se tornar um pouco aborrecida e cansativa.
Fantastic true story about the last Swedish serial killer, Lasermannen. The book covers not only John Ausonios's life (his childhood, political views bank robberies etc), but also follows the police investigation as well as the political climate in Sweden in the early 90's and it's violent swing to the right.

The writing is very crisp and reads more like a detective story at times than a journalistic account. The portrayal of characters is tremendously well done makes you sympathize with all of h
Niklas Pivic
This is a very insightful and complex book about John Ausonius, the man called "Lasermannen", where not only his life is portrayed, but in contrast with Swedish culture and politics during the 1980s and 1990s, where xenophobia plays a massive part, not only in how Ausonius reacted to things, but to how people reacted to his acts, where he murdered one person and shot many.

The author is, which is correct to me, critical of how the police handled the case, as well as giving praise where it is dese
Short summary: The Lasermannen (aka John Ausonius)is a Swedish convicted murderer, bank robber, and attempted serial killer. From 1991 to 1992 he shot eleven people in the Stockholm and Uppsala area, most of whom were immigrants, killing one and seriously injuring the others. He first used a rifle equipped with a laser sight (hence, his nickname), and later switched to a revolver. He was arrested in June 1992 and sentenced to life imprisonment in January 1994. This is the book about this man's l ...more
Mafalda Rosado
This book was a very nice surprise to me. I thought that this will be a nice story based on true facts but it wasn’t. This is not a story but the description of the assassin, investigation and victims. The author made an excellent research about sociopaths, Nazism, xenophobia, Swedish society and the problem with uncoordinated military and nonmilitary information about the same person. This story describes the childhood of the assassin and the supported xenophobia in Sweden between middle 80’s a ...more
Pat Shackleford
For a Swedish true crime it is what you would expect.
The Laserman had an anti-immigrant motive, that's why the book starts with a meeting of the Nordic Reich Party and doesn't speak about the party for the rest of the book. A big portion of the book talks about the populists of Ny Demokrati and the organisation White Aryan Resistance.
For the rest it is "Aww he had a bad youth. He was teased and took it out on immigrants"
Jan Kjellin
Två och ett halvt år senare är jag beredd att acceptera det faktum att Gellert Tamas bok om Lasermannen är så fylld av målande beskrivningar av vad folk tänker och känner att det dokumentära nästan suddas ut. Att ett viktigt tidsdokument liksom slösats bort genom att stöpas i en form som mest liknar ett dassigt försök att skriva en dassig kriminalare.

Synd på ett så viktigt ämne och livsöde.
Vitor Nogueira
Interessante do ponto de vista sociológico, representado o status quo na Suécia na década de 1990, com a exacerbação dos movimentos de extrema-direita. Um bom trabalho de compilação documental e factual, sempre com alguma neutralidade.
Significativa a descoordenação na investigação policial.
Gunbritt Wallström
En bra tidsskildring av en tid där allt blev tillåtet i vårt tyckande
Great book. I enjoyed reading
Bjorn Andersson
True story
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