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There Are Things I Want You to Know about Stieg Larsson and Meby Eva Gabrielsson
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Here is the real inside story—not the one about the Stieg Larsson phenomenon, but rather the love story of a man and a woman whose lives came to be guided by politics and love, coffee and activism, writing and friendship. Only one person in the world knows that story well enough to tell it with authority. Her name is Eva Gabrielsson.
Eva Gabrielsson and Stieg Larsson shared everything, starting when they were both eighteen until his untimely death thirty-two years later at the age of fifty. In “There Are Things I Want You to Know” about Stieg Larsson and Me, Eva Gabrielsson accepts the daunting challenge of telling the story of their shared life steeped in love and sharpened in the struggle for justice and human rights. She chooses to tell it in short, spare, lyrical chapters, like snapshots, regaling Larsson’s readers with the inside account of how he wrote, why he wrote, who the sources were for Lisbeth and his other characters—graciously answering Stieg Larsson’s readers’ most pressing questions—and at the same time telling us the things we didn’t know we wanted to know—about love and loss, death, betrayal, and the mistreatment of women.
Book News Annotation:
Author Eva Gabrielsson was the long-time life partner of Stieg Larsson, author of the popular Millennium Trilogy. She presents vignettes of their 32 years together, revealing details of their early lives, their political activism in Sweden, Larsson's magazine and investigative journalism, and their hobbies. She answers common questions about inspirations for the characters and the details in the trilogy and describes the legal problems following Larsson's death, while still holding out hope for a possible fourth book. The book closes with excerpts from her diary during the year of Larsson's death and an update on developments in her life since then. The book is illustrated with color personal photos. It was first published as Millénium, Steig et Moi by Actes Sud, 2011. Annotation Â©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
EVA GABRIELSSON is an architect, author, and political activist. Currently her architectural practice includes housing and office construction and heading a European Union initiative to create sustainable architecture in the Dalecarlia region. As an author, in addition to working with Stieg Larsson on his writing projects, she is the coauthor of several books, including a monograph on the subject of cohabitation in Sweden, a Swedish government study on how to create more sustainable housing, and a forthcoming study on the Swedish urban planner Per Olof Hallman. She has also translated into Swedish Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle. As an activist, she works to stop violence against women. In 2010 she served as a consultant on a Danish adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by the Nørrebro Theatre Company.
Eva Gabrielsson and Stieg Larsson met in 1972, when they were both eighteen, and lived and wrote together from 1974 until his death in 2004. Their struggle together for social justice was the basis for the books in Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy.
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