Synopses & Reviews
"He was both a dream and a nightmare to work with. He was not only involved in the struggle against intolerance, he was obsessed with it" are the words used to describe the now world-famous author Stieg Larsson by his friend and close colleague, Kurdo Baksi, who himself was a prominent character in . During Larsson's career as a journalist he was a crucial figure in the battle against racism and for democracy in Sweden as one of the founders of the anti-fascist magazine Expo. Baksi first met Larsson in 1992, triggering an intense friendship and a fruitful, but challenging, working relationship. in this candid memoir, Baksi answers the questions a multitude of Larsson's fans have already asked about his childhood, the recurring death tretas, his insomnia, his vices, and his feminism--so evident in his books-- as well as his own personal dogma. What was he like as an individual and author? Who provided the inspiration for his now-immortal characters (Baksi is one of the few who appears in the trilogy as himself), and of course, who was Lisbeth Salander?
"For anyone who devoured the Millennium trilogy, this heartfelt memoir adds more to Larsson's background. Baksi, who appears in the trilogy as himself, was a good friend and co-worker of Larsson's for more than 10 years. So shattering was Larsson's sudden death, it took Baksi 'almost five years of mourning' before he could begin writing about Larsson. There is no doubting Larsson's talent as a writer of thrilling and complex fiction. But Baksi's intention in this informative piece is ensuring that a vital aspect of Larsson's personality not be forgotten: 'For most of us he was a tireless hero in the fight against racism--there was no battle for democracy and equality that he was unwilling to take part in.' Larsson was consumed by a battle he waged against the rising wave of neo-Nazis in Sweden. He dealt with a multitude of death threats for the last 20 years of his life, due to his tireless exposure of their activities in Expo, his antiracist magazine. In this moving tribute to his friend, Baksi also delivers insights on Larsson's extreme work habits, poor diet, feminism, and his biggest pleasure, reading. Now readers can learn a little more about 'a man with unique and contradictory character traits of a type one rarely encounters.' (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
An intimate memoir that provides a unique perspective on the life and legacy of Stieg Larsson, author of .
About the Author
Kurdo Baksi was born in 1965 in northern Kurdistan and moved to Sweden in 1980. He first published the magazine Rash U Spi ("Black and White") in 1987, which deals with racial issues across Europe. He is the author of ten books on human rights, racism, emigration and exile, and in 2000 he was awarded the Olaf Palme Peace Prize.Laurie Thompson is the distinguished translator of the novels of Henning Mankell, Hakan Nesser, and Ake Edwardson. He was editor of Swedish Book Review (1983-2002).