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"There Are Things I Want You to Know" About Stieg Larsson and Me

by Eva Gabrielsson

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Contributions from Marie-Françoise Colombani

Translated by Linda Coverdale

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 didn’t 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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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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.