There is only one person who can tell Stieg Larsson's story better than he can, and that is his lifelong companion, Eva Gabrielsson. This is her book.
The keys to the "Stieg Larsson phenomenon" all lie with Stieg Larsson the man. No one knew him like Gabrielsson. Here, she tells the story of their 30-year romance; of Stieg's lifelong struggle to expose Sweden's neo-Nazis; of his struggle to keep the magazine he founded, Expo, alive; of his difficult relationships with his immediate family; and of the joy and the relief he discovered writing the Millennium trilogy. Above all, this is a love story, and we come to understand, while listening to "There Are Things I Want You to Know" about Stieg Larsson and Me, that if there was another secret besides Larsson's own imagination and convictions, it was his absolute love for his companion and her nurturing of their privacy and shared passions.
The book is narrated as a series of short vignettes, with titles ranging from "Speaking of Coffee" and "Stieg's Journalistic Credo" to "Goodbyes" and "The Fourth Volume". Gabrielsson speaks with rare candor and dignity, inspired only by the truth as she knows it.
"There Are Things I Want You to Know" about Stieg Larsson and Me is thus short and to the point, poignant in its account of two soulmates and the life they shared, and deeply insightful about the man everyone wants to know better and about whom so little is known. "I would have preferred to have never written this book. It speaks of Stieg, of our life together, and of my life after his death," writes Gabrielsson early in her book. It was written because she alone can tell his story.
©2011 Actes Sud. English Translation Copyright 2011 by Linda Coverdale (P)2011 Tantor
“Ms. Gabrielsson puts Larsson’s often chaotic life into context.” (The Independent, London)
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An eloquent account of sharing over thirty years together and the aftermath of Larsson's sudden passing. Larsson was miles deeper than we could perceive from reading his trilogy. This book was clearly written from a place deep inside Eva's heart and soul, with a splash of bitterness over the treatment and rights of life partners. We should all take a life lesson from this and stop putting off attending to matters which will affect the ones we leave behind. The narrator was excellent and enjoyable to listen to. I thought this was well worth my time and recommend it if you have any interest in Larsson or his fiction.
Eva was mistreated in exactly the way Stieg Larsson would have hated. No wonder he was estranged from his brother and father. They are probably the very sort of people his stories are about. Greedy, selfish misogynists incapable of human feeling or warmth.
José M. Batista
Some interesting information but mostly a bitter - and some times weird - one-sided account of the fight for the late Stieg Larsson estate.
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