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Stieg and Me: Memories of my life with Stieg Larsson Paperback – 19 Jul 2012
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Her love for the man with whom she shared her life shines through, as does her commitment to the causes he fought for. (THE GUARDIAN)
Gabrielsson paints a seemingly reliable and interesting picture of her life with him [Larsson]. (BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH)
The poignant account of the 30-year life shared together by Stieg Larsson and Eva Gabrielsson.See all Product description
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Yes Eva tells us about her legitimate grievances against the Larsson family, but as she somehow comes across as rather cold and unsympathetic, I was left wondering if they did not have an unmentionned reason for not being more generous towards her? The other side of the story would certainly gains to be heard...
When I read somewhere before that she might have helped Stieg in writing the Trilogy, that is at least one point elucidated: even with a ghost-writer, the writing here is so flat and dull that no, Eva definitely did not 'write' any of Millennium...And what will happen to the poor 4th volume of which only 200 pages were completed by Stieg, god knows...But if it ever is published it will only be a caricature of what he would have done. Called 'the revenge of God' it is the never-to-be-book I miss most...
It is gruellingly sad to think of all the immensely good work in the world Stieg Larsson would have done with his new-found wealth if he had lived, because Eva makes clear that he was a man and a journalist of total integrity and strong ethics, and with him, the world has lost so much more potential for good...
Particularly in view of the Millenium books's subject matter it is perhaps especially ironic that Eva Gabrielsson (who shared Stieg's life for 30 years) finds herself in a situation after his sudden and tragic death, where her voice counts for nothing and where she has (under Swedish law) no legal rights at all. Since she had no kids and didn't formally marry Stieg, her 30 years with him under one roof not only don't count but didn't officially exist.
Eva also appears to have no particular interest or talent to `sell herself' and doesn't seem very `cuddly and cute' (sounds familiar?).
Her real-life experiences with a total lack of legislation for childless de facto couples in Sweden only underline Stieg's own research into Swedish politics, which is wearing a seemingly progressive veneer that masks ongoing injustice towards women and continued `old boy's club' attitudes everywhere you care to look.
Yes, it reads a little raggedly, but what a story! If you liked Lisbeth, here is where she grew up. Definitely recommended.
Reading the early chapters, I was somewhat put off by the reference to the entitlement dilemma and the presentation at various points of evidence and witness statements. But this kind of injustice is at the heart of Stieg Larsson's blockbusters. They resonate because the situations ring true. There is drama, but that's accidental, in contrast to works of fiction. The life-blood of Larsson makes his books tick.
And not only his but as she credibly points out, Eva Gabrielsson's life-blood too. She has had to come out of her relative anonymity to defend herself. As LIsbeth Salander is often forced to do, with far fewer people listening. Gabrielsson provides incredible insights into Stockholm, Swedish life and the sources from which Millennium is so closely derived.
This resource really adds hugely to the overall experience of reading the books and viewing the films. Since many of her own observations ended up in Stieg's books, it all matters. This is as close to an autobiography of Stieg Larsson as is possible too, at the hand of the person who knew him best.
But it's not all about her partner. Eva Gabrielsson is an excellent writer. Her chapters about grief are particularly strong. In composing a sort of psalm for Stieg, her erudition about Norse/Scandinavian mythology and literature results in a fascinating story when the sight of ravens restores her appetite to carry on. The impoverished lives of writers involved in journalism and the terrible strain placed on their relationship by death threats from the far right who Stieg was calling out. combine further to a colourful and vital portrayal.
Their agreement about his estate and then. as an unmarried partner, Eva's gradual discovery that she was being left with nothing, is disturbing. I wanted to just get on with the story without giving full cognisance to her personal opinions and claims on this count, but of course, Stieg Larsson was a feminist who drew attention to what women typically suffer by creating a superwoman faced with one horrible challenge after another. And Gabrielsson was left with one such horrible challenge, especially when she discovers that her in-laws had prepared to declare her insane and commit her. in order to avail of the jackpot flowing from Stieg's books.
As the saying goes, a dumb priest never got a parish. If Gabrielsson has suffered in silence we would be deprived of this loving spirited account from the heart of a phenomena that turns assumptions and maybe minds, upside down. I highly recommend Stieg and Me.
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