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"There Are Things I Want You to Know" about Stieg Larsson and Me Hardcover – June 21, 2011
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—New York Times Book Review
"In this candid, moving work, Gabrielsson chronicles her life's journey with her longtime companion, Stieg Larsson, the Swedish creator of the Millennium trilogy who died suddenly at age 50, in 2004, before the first volume of his phenomenally successful work (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, in English) was even published. Much of their political engagement and feminism is reflected in the Millennium books, the writing of which developed much later in Larsson's career--as Gabrielsson, evidently the person who understood him as few did, warmly, lovingly depicts in this spirited defense of their relationship."
"You learn a lot about [Stieg Larsson's] fight against neo-Nazis but nothing about life behind the bedroom door, which is kind of refreshing... if you are obsessed with Larsson's writing, not the man, dig in."
"Gabrielsson does recall her personal life with Larsson: the prosaic details of their devotion to coffee, and the bigger picture of their shared political passions (Trotskyism, anti-racism, feminism). "There Are Things" is a sad tome, about a tragic loss compounded by betrayal, exploitation and greed."
—Los Angeles Times
"[Eva Gabrielsson and Stieg Larsson] seemed to have everything in common, from their love of coffee and science fiction to their commitment to activism against racism and in support of women's rights. The couple's mutual passion for these causes is reflected on every page of the Millennium Trilogy..."
"...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."
—The Globe and Mail
"Gabrielsson's memoir is full of vignettes of Larsson's life, from his childhood to their time together in social and political struggles. Fans of his novel will delight in the reasons why he chose details for his fiction."
—The Winnipeg Free Press
“For the millions of readers and filmgoers 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, his 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.”
“She describes their life together in moving detail, and in so doing, begins to stake her claim as the Millennium saga’s rightful heir. … And not only is she Stieg, but—wronged by an unjust, patriarchal society—she is Salander. Fans can now root for Gabrielsson, too, just as we have for Larsson’s heroine.”
—SASHA WATSON in Slate
“A simple and engaging book.”
“Ms. Gabrielsson puts Larsson’s often chaotic life into context.”
—The Independent (London)
“Gabrielsson speaks plainly and a powerful tale unfolds. “There Are Things I Want You to Know” is a remarkable achievement.”
—BEVERLY GOLOGORSKY, author of The Things We Do to Make It Home
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Remarkably objective and straightforward for most of the book, Gabrielsson describes Larsson's early life in the remote north of Sweden, where he lived with his grandparents from infancy until the age of nine, absorbing his grandfather's stories and pacifist political views. After his grandfather's death, Larsson rejoined his mother and father in the city, six hundred miles to the south. Though Larsson felt comfortable with his mother, he never formed a strong bond with his father or younger brother, according to Gabrielsson. In 1972, just after his eighteenth birthday, he met nineteen-year-old Eva at a rally in support of the Front National de Liberation in Vietnam (FLN), a Trotskyite group. Soul-mates, she says, they simultaneously supported communist causes and a strict, old-fashioned morality, believing in justice but also in vengeance. Later, when Larsson began to write for a series of newspapers, he was a crusader for human rights for those suffering from discrimination, and often received death threats, especially from neo-Nazis.Read more ›
Gabrielsson does indeed describe places and people, both fictional and real,which are mentioned in Larsson's works.....but with what I found to be far too much of her life and career, rather than that of Stieg Larsson, included.
I am a huge fan of Larsson's work and after hearing an interview with the his long time companion on a public radio station, I bought this memoir . I was hoping for more about Larsson and all those "things" promised by Gabrielsson. I was able to finish this uneven memoir in spite of overly lengthy passages but it was often a tedious task.
This book primarily focuses on these themes:
1. Gabrielsson was Larsson's lover,with a relationship that spanned over 30 years. Unfortunately, the couple never married nor did they have children. After Larsson's death, Gabrielsson was not able to retain the rights to make business or other decisions concerning his works ( a cautionary message for writers who haven't made legal arrangements for their literary estate, including their written books,articles,letters,memoirs,etc).
2. Gabrielsson is unhappy that Larsson's brother had not acted in accordance with Larsson's values and probable wishes when it comes to his novels. She describes the two brothers' relationship as cold and distant and relates events which support her points. Letters from friends and acquaintances who knew Larsson and Gabrielsson help bolster her claims.
3. After Larsson's death,Gabrielsson was cut off by the brother.Read more ›
This as-told-to memoir from Larsson's partner will no doubt be of interest to his many fans who have devoured every word of the Millennium Trilogy, a twisting mystery series whose anti-heroine is an avenging feminist angel rather like Larsson, and whose Sancho Panza is a determined investigator rather like Larsson. In his youth Larsson witnessed a gang rape, and the guilt and sense of responsibility engendered in him by his failure to intervene may have been the first stirring of what would later become the literary triad that has made him a household name among followers of the genre.
For nearly 30 years of Larsson's short life (he died suddenly of a heart attack in 2008 at the age of 50), Eve Gabrielsson was his live-in lover and close companion. Her many small details of his childhood and his work as a journalistic crusader will be cherished, and we sense there would be more to come...if....
Despite his brilliance, and his devotion to big causes (the most prominent of which was a constant battle against right-wing racist influences in his native Sweden and beyond), Larsson was not well organized and was such a one-man show that no one realized it until it was too late. He meant to marry Gabrielsson, she asserts, but one barrier was his justifiable worry that if his enemies on the right knew about her, they would hunt, harass and possibly harm her to get to him.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My hope in getting this book was to read the inside view on the whole Stieg Larsson drama. Given that the writer was closely involved and eloquent that seemed a reasonable... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephen Muires, author of Ordained - a novel.
This is an interesting background of Stieg Larsson trilogy. It is also a sad relation of his families abuse of his accomplishments and abuse and disregard for his life partner.Published 3 months ago by Richard A Proksch
Earlier this week, Knopf announced a publication date of 01 September for the 4th book featuring Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander - “The Girl in the Spider's Web”. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Andrew Kuligowski
If you loved The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, this is an great book about the author the injustice done to his girlfriend / partner of over 30 years.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I sympathize completely with Eva Gabrielsson's position in this whole Larsson debacle, but feel that this book did her no service.Published 16 months ago by M. Madel
if you read the trilogy book(s). Very interesting background on the author and events after his death, then the publishing of the his books . . . and the many events since. Read morePublished 17 months ago by mtkk
It is unfortunate that an author as gifted as Stig Larsson died in his prime. Even more unfortunate is his family's shabby treatment of his lifelong partner Eva. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mitty