The Man Who Left Too Soon: The Biography of Stieg Larsson by Barry Forshaw

By Barry Forshaw

The stranger-than-fiction existence tale of the author of The lady with the Dragon Tattoo 

His 3 novels are violent, terrifying, brilliantly written, and have sold thousands of copies round the world, but Stieg Larrson was not able to witness their overseas success. Since he died in 2004 the writer of the Millennium trilogy has got foreign reputation with dizzying velocity. but if one appears to be like a bit deeper on the guy at the back of those exceptional novels, it really is transparent that his existence will be remembered as actually impressive even had his trilogy by no means been released. Larrson was once a workaholic: a political activist, photographer, photo fashion designer, a revered journalist, and the editor of diverse technological know-how fiction magazines. At evening, to sit back, he wrote crime novels. by the point of his dying on the age of fifty he had accomplished The woman Who Kicked the Hornet's Next, the 3rd ebook that includes the hypnotic Lisbeth Salander. His relentless character and political convictions didn't make existence effortless. He famously took on a few risky neo-Nazi competitors, making for far hypothesis that his enemies, who usually advised him that his days have been numbered, can have a hand in his untimely dying. this hard guy, excellent and multifaceted, is the topic of a penetrating biography and a party of his extraordinary lifestyles and books.

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Eva Gabrielsson is a fascinating, complex figure in her own right, leaving aside the long association she had with Stieg. The literary editor of the Independent, Boyd Tonkin, for whom I have covered much Scandinavian fiction, spoke to her for the newspaper in October 2009 and obtained some intriguing insights into both Eva herself and the man with whom she shared her life. Gabrielsson, who lived with Stieg Larsson for more than 30 years, remembered long discussions with Larsson concerning his nascent career as a novelist – and also recalled a conversation with her sister who had returned to Sweden in the mid-1990s, finding the country very changed.

For the racist groups, cyberspace is a dream. It is no accident that today the first item on the agenda for any racist or ultra-nationalist group is the creation of a home page. Nazis were among the first to realise the potential of the internet. ’ Larsson, always au fait with the exigencies of disseminating information, posited that compared with the production of books or magazines, the internet was cost-reductive: it is cheap and easy to maintain. ‘An internet homepage of the smallest racist group of three or four people has the same circulation and availability as Der Spiegel or a CNN broadcast.

Stieg Larsson was born Karl Stig-Erland Larsson on 15 August 1954 in Skelleftehamn, a small town on the Gulf of Bothnia in the region of Västerbotten, on the northeast coast of Sweden, 400 miles north of Stockholm. He was the scion of a northern Swedish family, but was not, initially, raised by his parents, who for a variety of reasons – including financial ones – felt that his grandparents might better supply that function until he was nine years old. Stieg’s grandfather was clearly a significant figure in the author’s life.

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