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"Fans of [Stieg Larsson's] books looking for an intimate peek into the life of a man who summoned a dark scary version of Sweden will not be disappointed.  The book is a short, highly emotional tour through a widow's grief and dispossession, and the details of the couple's life together are jarringly juxtaposed with blood feuds and score-settling.  People wtih an adjacency to fame often try to glom onto a piece of it, but Gabrielsson is up to something more ambitious and personal"
—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."
—Publisher's Weekly

"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."
—USA Today

"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..."
—Harper's Bazaar

"...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.”

“A simple and engaging book.”
L’Express (Paris)

 “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

About the Author

EVA GABRIELSSON is an architect, author, and political activist. As part of her architectural practice, she has led a European Union initiative to create sustainable architecture in the Dalecarlia region in Central Sweden. Gabrielsson is the coauthor of several books, including a monograph on the subject of cohabitation in Sweden, a government study on sustainable housing, and a forthcoming study on the Swedish urban planner Per Olof Hallman. She has also translated into Swedish Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle. Gabrielsson and Stieg Larsson met in 1972, when they were both eighteen, and lived and wrote together from 1974 until his death in 2004. Their struggle together for social justice was the basis for the books in Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. Gabrielsson lives in Stockholm.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press; 1 edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609803639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609803636
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If ever there were anyone who had an excuse to grind axes, it would be Eva Gabrielsson, who lived with author Stieg Larsson for thirty-two years but who, through a loophole in Swedish law, inherited nothing upon his death at age fifty in 2004, his entire estate going, by law, to his estranged brother and father. Gabrielsson has often said that she is not personally interested in the enormous sums which his Millenium Trilogy sales have generated. As dedicated to social causes as Larsson was, she is fighting, instead, for control of his literary legacy, especially alarmed because, she fears, that if present trends continue, she could even see his name on beer cans.

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.
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Perhaps the key to the focus of this memoir is in the book's title. Yes, it provides a personal take on Stieg Larsson. But it also centers on the disappointment felt by Gabrielsson as events unfolded after Larsson's death. I wonder how much this will appeal to the average reader.

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.
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Stieg Larsson is a modern heroic figure whose life deserves a thorough look. This book reveals some of the reasons why that may not be possible anytime soon, and why even in progressive countries like Sweden, the wheels of justice, finance and women's rights still turn slowly --- very slowly.

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.
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