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Stieg Larsson: Our Days in Stockholm Hardcover – December 6, 2010

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For anyone who devoured the Millennium trilogy, this heartfelt memoir adds more to Larsson's background. Baksi, who appears in the trilogy as himself, was a good friend and co-worker of Larsson's for more than 10 years. So shattering was Larsson's sudden death, it took Baksi "almost five years of mourning" before he could begin writing about Larsson. There is no doubting Larsson's talent as a writer of thrilling and complex fiction. But Baksi's intention in this informative piece is ensuring that a vital aspect of Larsson's personality not be forgotten: "For most of us he was a tireless hero in the fight against racism--there was no battle for democracy and equality that he was unwilling to take part in." Larsson was consumed by a battle he waged against the rising wave of neo-Nazis in Sweden. He dealt with a multitude of death threats for the last 20 years of his life, due to his tireless exposure of their activities in Expo, his antiracist magazine. In this moving tribute to his friend, Baksi also delivers insights on Larsson's extreme work habits, poor diet, feminism, and his biggest pleasure, reading. Now readers can learn a little more about "a man with unique and contradictory character traits of a type one rarely encounters." (Dec.)
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“Not a full-length bio in any sense, this quirky, oddly compelling memoir presents Larsson as a man consumed by a passion…Egalitarian to the bone, he was a workaholic who wrote fiction for fun but knew it was good. On the surface unassuming, he intended to change the world.” (USA Today)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus; First Edition edition (December 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605981745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605981741
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,110,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven Peterson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 10, 2010
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A very personal reflection on the life of Stieg Larsson, Swedish journalist and author of the acclaimed Millennium trilogy. Kurdo Baksi became Larsson's friend and collaborator in publishing. This is a personal examination of their relationship and of Larsson as a person.

We get a nice portrayal of how driven (and sometimes dysfunctional) Larsson was. He was hard to work for, demanding a great deal of others (this helped lead to the desperate situation of his publication, Expo, perhaps the prototype for the fictional journal "Millennium"). Discussed, too, is the life of threat that Larsson was subject to; his works targeted right wing groups, and he was threatened by some of the forces against whom he decried.

Baksi also speculates on what incidents and experiences and people might have influenced his characterization of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. I'm not sure how compelling the analysis is, but there are some interesting suggestions.

All in all, a nice work. It is a bit too brief to tell us as much as we would like to know about Larsson.
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This is a short book/long essay describing the friendship, collaboration and shared experience of being a target of right wing/racist anger of the author and Stieg Larsson, who achieved post-humous fame for the Millennium novels.

In 1998, Baski and Larsson joined their independent publications "Expo" (Larsson) and "Svartvit" (Baski) into one. These journals covered the racism of Sweden's right wing, exposing its violence and its members. In this period Larsson worked full time, mostly at T.T., a mainstream publication. Baski notes the toll his friend's work-a-holism, smoking, coffee drinking, fast food diet and stress took on his health and led to his death at age 50.

Larsson and Baski's anti-racist advocacy extended beyond their journals to taking stands and organizing protests. This made them, and their associates, targets. Colleagues were car bombed and the windows of Baski's home were shot out. Both received baskets full of viscous hate mail including death threats. Both were stalked. Larsson never arrived on time for or went directly to an appointment. The recent murders in Norway, depict the potential violence these two friends faced.

After years of watching Larsson's total dedication of time to the journal and the cause, Baski was amazed to learn that he'd created the novels - where did he find the time? The quality and volume (3 novels and outlines and material for 7 more) were a staggering output for someone so engaged in journalism and advocacy.

I don't read much reminiscence literature, which I usually find fawning or self-serving. This book is neither. It is the story of a friendship It is beautifully written. Through it you come to not only understand an author with a world-wide readership, you also learn the neo-Nazi movement in Sweden. I highly recommend this book.
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This is a slim volume that talks of the author of the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest" and died prior to publication and is by a long and close friend who is mentioned in the third of these books as a peripheral character.

It gives an insight into this man's character that, if you are more interested than you usually are in the author of what is a genre fiction book(s) it will give real if not complete information. This Larsson's books affected me powerfully, and I cannot articulate why adequately. I have read the three volumes four times and will probably reread them like I have Moby Dick or Huckleberry Finn. I will probably read everything I can find about this guy.

In passing, you will learn about the rise of racism, nativism and neo-nazism in northern Europe because this was Stieg's preoccupation as journalist until his death from a heart attack as a 50 year old man in the first decade of the 21st Century. In the years since his death this problem has grown.

Discussed with some tact is the controversy arising from his death: In Sweden there is little protection of the interests of Common Law Spouses. Even in the U.S. you will find some recognition, but in Sweden there is, seemingly, none. For a more complete discussion of Stieg Larsson and Eva Gabrielsson inheritence debacle see her "There Are Things I Want You To Know About Srieg Larsson And Me.
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Someone here really has it in for Kurdo Baksi. Please ignore the horrific review and take my word for it: this is a remarkable memoir of a wonderful man by his wonderful friend. I found it so touching, I wept at the end. I am a huge fan of Stieg Larsson, especially after reading this lovely book. I wonder if any other biography will give us such a vivid picture of a charming, lovable, kind, caring, brave, sometimes self-destructive but always idealistic - complicated - person. Kurdo - I appreciate your gift of a glimpse into the life and character of our enigmatic hero; you've truly done a good deed for the world with this offering.
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