"There Are Things I Want You to Know" About Stieg Larsson and Me

"There Are Things I Want You to Know" About Stieg Larsson and Me

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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.
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, c2011
Edition: 1st English language edition
ISBN: 9781609803636
Branch Call Number: 839.7 LAR 2011 23
Characteristics: xi, 211 p. : ill

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halla Jun 19, 2012

Interesting details on the career of Stieg Larsson and his 32 year relationship with Eva Gabrielsson. While the author digs into some of the legal battle over Larsson's writings and property after his death, most of the book describes his journalism career and the national context of a surge in right-wing racist political and thug groups in which it took place. All in all, you get the sense that they were a happy couple, passionate about bringing human inequity to light and eeking out a living doing it (though the author is an architect, she helps Larsson in much of his efforts).

For such heavy material this is effectively a beach read. Easy to finish. I'm happy to have read it.

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davehook
Mar 11, 2012

From the title of the book I expected a great deal more from this book to be honest

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erinsnest
Jan 25, 2012

Great information about the life of Eva and Stieg. He is truly a great author! I hope she gets a chance to finish his fourth book. (Jan 2012). Reading this in little bits between other books. An easy read. Thanks Eva.

BPLNextBestAdults Jan 05, 2012

“There are Things I Want You to Know” about Stieg Larsson and Me
By Eva Gabrielsson 2011

Everyone knows the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson with the books “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” When Stieg Larsson died unexpectedly in 2004, he was just in the process of getting his first book published and didn’t live to see the huge success that his books would become, translated into many languages and made into films, both in his native Sweden and in Hollywood. What many people do not know is that this was only one facet of his life. Many people do not about his life as an activist and his relentless pursuit for social justice and human rights. Who better to tell this story but his partner of 32 years Eva Gabrielsson. This is a fascinating book about both Stieg and Eva and the incredible life and drive they both shared. Since his death she has struggled to survive without him and to obtain control over Larsson’s literary estate. It is an easy read written in chapters like snapshots of their life. You will come to appreciate just how truly driven and talented Stieg Larsson was and how together they created the Millennium trilogy

ahousebc Dec 22, 2011

While the book itself is sketchy in places, and consistently inconsistent no fan of Lisbeth Salander and Stieg Larsson should skip it. Everyone will have their own opinion but mine is that this woman, and in no small measure Larsson's memory, have been seriously screwed over by people {family} who had absolutely no part in his life over most of it, and organizations which have consciously chosen to make money at the expense of ethical treatment of Eva G.

RenGrrl Jul 10, 2011

Fans of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series will find this a fascinating read!

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