"There Are Things I Want You to Know" About Stieg Larsson and Me
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 didnt know we wanted to know—about love and loss, death, betrayal, and the mistreatment of women.
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"For the millions of readers and film-goers who've been hooked by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its trilogy, "There Are Things I Want You to Know" About Stieg Larsson and Me is a book not to be missed. Eva Gabrielsson, Larsson's life partner, tells us the reasons he was able to see the world through female eyes, his punishment for challenging a form of injustice still thought of as inevitable, and the aftermath of a success he didn't live to see." —Gloria Steinem
"Provides stunning, strong explications of Larsson's ideologies, most notably his feminism … As a legal drama, it's compelling. As a story of two lives entwined, for three decades of working toward something that was never shared, it's even more." —Toronto Globe and Mail
"Writing in a memorably austere, flinty voice, Gabrielsson has produced neither a tell-all nor some 'handmaiden to literary genius' emo-gusher … Gabrielsson comes across as rigid, obsessed, and humorless, but a fierce warrior in fighting for what she sees as justice. Not unlike Larsson's own heroine." —USA Today
About Eva Gabrielsson
EVA GABRIELSSON is an architect and author in Sweden of books on a variety of subjects including common-law marriage and architecture. She is the translator of Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle into Swedish, and she has been involved with Expo magazine since its founding by her longtime partner, the late Stieg Larsson.