"There Are Things I Want You to Know" About Stieg Larsson and Me
Publication Date: January 24, 2012
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Eva Gabrielsson and Stieg Larsson. In "There Are Things I Want You to Know" About Stieg Larsson and Me, Gabrielsson accepts the daunting challenge of telling their story, 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 how he wrote, why he wrote, who the sources are 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.
Eva Gabrielsson is an architect and author in Sweden of books on a variety of subjects including concubinage 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. Marie-Françoise Colombani is a columnist at French Elle magazine and the author, most recently, of a book of interviews with Socialist presidential candidate Ségolè Royal. Winner of the Scott Moncrieff Prize and twice awarded the French-American Foundation Translation Prize, Linda Coverdale is a distinguished translator of dozens of Francophone authors into English, including Marguerite Duras, Jorge Semprun, Jean Hatzfeld, and Emmanuel Carrèe.
“One of the most gripping back-stories of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.) was the tale of the author’s 32-year relationship with architect and activist Eva Gabrielsson, and the fact that, because they were never officially married, she was cut out of any say in, or profit from, Larsson’s literary estate. Here she tells the story of that relationship, with many previously unseen pictures and including the letter Larsson left for her to be opened after his death.”—Globe and Mail