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Intr-o incendiara carte de memorii, scrisa in colaborare cu jurnalista Marie-Françoise Colombani, Eva Gabrielsson, partenera de viata a lui Stieg Larsson, spune adevarul despre scrierea trilogiei Millennium si despre regele romanului politist scandinav, disparut prematur, in contextul unor dispute familiale aprinse in jurul posteritaţii acestuia. Aflam din acest volum ca fIntr-o incendiara carte de memorii, scrisa in colaborare cu jurnalista Marie-Françoise Colombani, Eva Gabrielsson, partenera de viata a lui Stieg Larsson, spune adevarul despre scrierea trilogiei Millennium si despre regele romanului politist scandinav, disparut prematur, in contextul unor dispute familiale aprinse in jurul posteritaţii acestuia. Aflam din acest volum ca faimoasa saga vanduta in milioane de exemplare este mai mult decat o simpla carte, este o alegorie a luptei individuale neincetate in sprijinul dreptaţii si al moralei – valori pe care Stieg si Eva le-au susţinut intreaga lor viaţa. Millennium inseamna o viata si o iubire pe care destinul le-a despartit, dar si momente de iluminare, pasiune si durere despre care publicul trebuie sa afle.Cine a fost (adevaratul) Stieg Larsson? Cum era, de fapt, barbatul care a reusit sa vanda post-mortem 50 de milioane de exemplare din trilogia sa poliţista, devenita un soi de roman-cult al ultimilor ani? Dupa ce a protestat constant in presa faţa de „industria Stieg" generata de lacomia familiei romancierului suedez disparut in 2004, Eva Gabrielsson revine cu o carte emotionanta, un tribut adus lui Stieg Larsson, care dezvaluie detalii de viata, dar si de geneza a operei. Desi au trait impreuna 32 de ani, cei doi nu s-au casatorit si nici nu au avut copii. Moartea neasteptata a lui Stieg a privat-o pe Eva de orice drept de mostenire....

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  • Estefani
    2019-02-20 06:09

    5 Estrellas "¿Podría rendir Stieg un homenaje más hermoso a las mujeres que el de convertirlas en heroínas de novelas políacas feministas y mostrarlas tal como las veía: libres, valientes y lo bastante fuertes para cambiar el mundo negándose a ser víctimas?"El mejor libro non-fiction que he leído. Eva Gabrielsson nos muestra en 225 páginas lo que fué su vida por 32 años al lado de Larsson. Los ideales, las creencias, lo que amaba y lo que despreciaba era lo que definía a Stieg"Sin los combates y el compromiso de Stieg, Millennium no habría existido jamás. Sus inquietudes son el corazón, el cerebro y los músculos de sus novelas."Vemos que tanto hay de Stieg en Millennium e incluso de Eva. Por ejemplo ninguno de ellos tuvo una continua o fuerte presencia materna en sus vidas y esto se refleja en las novelas. Si nos damos cuenta no hay personajes que sean madres en ninguno de los libros con la excepción de Annika Giannini, la hermana de Mikael.“En Millennium aparece “gente de verdad”, a quien Stieg quería rendir homenaje al incluirla en su obra; aparecen, también, detalles de personas en las que se inspiró y, por supuesto, personajes imaginarios, aunque ciertos individuos crean reconocerse en ellos.”La pareja siempre estuvo en constante lucha por las amenazas que recibían de aquellos a los que Stieg investigaba.Gabrielsson continúa la batalla por obtener los derechos de Millennium y los escritos de Larsson. Expresa lo que realmente piensa de un 4to libro no escrito por Stieg y que nunca piensa divulgar de que se trata el que el ya había escrito."Millennium permitió a Stieg denunciar a todos aquellos a los que aborrecía por su cobardía, su irresponsabilidad, su inmoralidad y su oportunismo: los militantes de salón, “guerreros que necesitan el viento a favor” o “timoneles de viento suave”; los falsos amigos que le utilizaron para hacer carrera; los empresarios y los accionistas sin escrúpulos que se asignaban primas desproporcionadas…En este sentido sus libros fueron una terapia extraordinaria para Stieg."

  • Laura
    2019-02-27 04:50

    This was very different from Forshaw's book, but in a good way. As Larsson's life partner, Gabrielsson has some great insight into the author's personality. She gives more biographical information, emphasizing Larsson's family relationships. Much of the book covers their 32-year relationship; she also points out where the places used in the books came from, and which characters are based on real people. The last few chapters are dedicated to her unfortunate battles with Larsson's family over his legacy; it is a serious problem, and very sad. I'm glad to have read this book to get a better understanding of the situation, and hope that the inheritance laws are changed in Sweden. The book is clear and well-written, though parts are understandably very emotional. While I don't think that the author (or her partner) were 'crazy', in parts they do seem a little paranoid - that's blamed on their work covering anti-Nazi and other extremist groups, but their security seems a little sever even with that. However, since personal information sounds like it's more readily available in Sweden, it's possible that their fears were founded. But to an outsider, it does seem a little extreme.The relationship between this author and Larsson was obviously very loving; the title of the book is from a letter he wrote her. She is a very sympathetic character, and reading this made me re-think if I want to spend any more money on Larsson's books, films, etc if it's all going to the pockets of people who oppose her. She also addresses the 4th book, which does seem like a possibility here (unlike what Forshaw said). She focuses on Stieg's writing process and life; there's not as much discussion of the plot of the books here, but she lets us know how Stieg's life influenced his work.If you're a fan of the Millennium trilogy and are only going to read one book about Larsson, this should be it. This book sheds light on his writing and creative process that can only come from someone who knows him well, and I found that to be very valuable when considering his work.

  • Paula
    2019-02-24 09:09

    Eva Gabrielsson, Stieg Larsson's (The Millennium Trilogy) partner of 30+ years up until he died, tells her story. She provides an excellent context to more fully appreciate his books. She talks about people, events and the social/political climate that has violated human rights and freedom in Sweden and that influenced his writing. We learn about both their early lives, their lives together, and her ongoing struggle to gain control of his intellectual property, which includes a fourth book that tells the story of how Lisbeth finally deals with the demons that have plagued her since childhood. Gabrielsson's book addresses Swedish law that offers no rights or protections for unmarried partners and specifically deals with the issues she has been facing since Larsson's death in 2004.

  • Naomi Blackburn
    2019-03-20 06:04

    There were interesting points to this book. I did enjoy how the author identified how aspects of hers/Stieg Larsson's life together were woven into the Millenium trilogy. It wasn't until after getting a bit more midway through the book that it dawned on me that this was done more for manipulative purposes than to really celebrate their lives together. Slowly, the author started throwing in tidbits of information re: beliefs that the "estate" of the Millenium proceeds/rights being solely hers due to a living together for 32 years and feeling that justified the same rights granted as in a marriage. I found the book to be whiney and simply "bitchy"..I also found it to be overpowering "catty"...I guess one line I would say to this person if, God help me I ever had the chance to meet her would be "Woman get over thy self!" I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach when I saw who the publishers chose to review this book, yet I kept reading. There is one person I felt bad for after reading this book and that would be Stieg Larsson..However, you know the old are who your friends are! Needless to say, it didn't give me the most positive impression of an author I had really enjoyed!

  • David Fuller
    2019-03-14 07:07

    Any good Norse saga features an intractable family feud, death and usually a legal dispute. The tale of Stieg Larsson has it all.Given the huge posthumous success of his Millennium trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest), it's not surprising a bitter postscript to Larsson's life has become as gripping as his fiction.The novels have sold more than 27 million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into successful films in Sweden. The Hollywood version of the first book, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, hits theatres this December.Sadly, Larsson's partner of 32 years, Eva Gabrielsson, won't see a dime or have a hand in managing his literary legacy. Her new memoir is a long-anticipated broadside at her main foes in her protracted legal battle, Larsson's father Erland and brother Joakim.Larsson died of a heart attack in November 2004. But Swedish law grants no marital status to what in Canada would be common-law couples.Now, Larsson's father and brother -- whom he barely knew as a child, having been raised by his maternal grandparents in northern Sweden until he was eight years old -- have claimed all rights to his novels. And to Gabrielsson's chagrin, Larsson's publisher Norstedts has gone along with it.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. A crucial Ford in one novel is based on his grandfather's car; he set a pivotal scene aboard a sailboat because he and Gabrielsson spent many hours sailing around Sweden's islands; and many characters were based on real people they both knew.The early separation between Larsson and his parents engendered a lasting emotional distance. According to Gabrielsson, the second and final time Larsson's brother Joakim set foot in his apartment was the day of his funeral.Unfortunately, Gabrielsson and Larsson never married, despite living together for 30 years, in order to escape detection by his political enemies in far right and neo-Nazi groups.Thus, watching the legal train wreck over Larsson's legacy unfold in Gabrielsson's account is as gripping as anything Larsson himself wrote.Larsson's father Erland and brother Joakim barely come into the story until Larsson dies, which may be the most damning aspect of the book. And then, despite protests they "didn't want any part of Stieg's estate," it dawns on Gabrielsson, reeling from shock at her partner's death, they aren't just slow to respond to her attempts to straighten out Larsson's affairs. They're secretly freezing her out.The ironies are cruel. Larsson had actually composed a will in 1977, before leaving for a dangerous sojourn in Africa. In it he left everything to Gabrielsson, but did not have it witnessed. She only discovered the document when looking for an old letter of his to read at his memorial service.Larsson had also eagerly agreed, on the advice of Norstedt, to set up a company owned by himself and Gabrielsson, to control his rights and royalties. But she learned after his death he never got around to doing it.It would be easy to forgive her a little bitterness, yet the memoir is largely free of it. She prefers to skewer Erland and Joakim with frank accounts of their deception and arrogance. Outrageously, Erland suggests (and later repeats publicly) their legal problems could be solved if Gabrielsson would agree to marry him.She also disparages false friends who emerged after Larsson's death who "trot out apocryphal memories and bizarre stories about Stieg for the media or in books." It's hard not to wonder if Kurdo Baksi's memoir, Stieg Larsson, My Friend, published by Norstedts (Gabrielsson's, significantly, is not), is a target here.Gabrielsson also asserts she has the manuscript for Larsson's unfinished fourth novel, The Vengeance of the Gods, and that she's quite capable of finishing it. That manuscript is the only card she holds in negotiations with Erland and Joakim.Sadly, despite his death, the tale of Stieg Larsson is not over. Though there are other stories of his life out there -- Baksi's, as well as Barry Forshaw's biography The Man Who Left Too Soon -- Gabrielsson's is likely the most personal we'll see. But there will be no complete picture of his life and legacy until the dispute over his work is settled.And like any Norse saga, it may take a generation or two. Gabrielsson isn't likely to give up. "I know how [Stieg] would react in every situation I'm facing today," she writes. "He would fight."David Jón Fuller is a Winnipeg writer and editor.Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 25, 2011 J10

  • Louise
    2019-03-20 04:47

    got this book at the public library, but had I invested $24 in it, I'd be disappointed. It attains 209 pages by a low per page word count and blank pages following chapters ending on odd numbered pages. Gabrielsson mentions photos, but shares very few with the readers.If you want to learn about Steig Larsson, this is not the book to read. Try Kurdo Baksi's book Stieg Larsson: Our Days in Stockholm, which, while also short, provides more context than this one.Gabrielsson's book provides background on Larsson's family and childhood. She mentions his work in Africa and their trip to Grenada. Larsson's death, funeral and burial are described. Another value to his book is in naming the series' characters based on and named for real people and how places, plots and images match real life. Interestingly, Kurdo Baksi, Larsson's business partner, who appears in the final volume, gets merely a mention (if it is him, the spelling is changed) in a different context.The Baksi book provides more insight as to Larsson's professional life and how he coped as a stalked target and recipient of baskets of hate mail. He arrived late for appointments, took unusual routes and transport exits. Baksi writes of Larsson's work commitments and political work such that the appearance of these novels was a surprise and suggested a grueling schedule. With breakfast out, and fast food for dinner it seems there is little time for a life with Eva.The final part of the book is about Gabrielsson's grief and legal problems. The trilogy has huge earnings and potential earnings. Larsson's estranged father and brother have wound up with the legal rights to it. At times, Gabrielsson's victim righteousness was off putting, but that these two multimillionaires could not give her Larsson's half of their 600 SF apartment is telling.For the sake of not just Gabrielsson, but also the reader fans, these parties need to come together so that the final book of the series can be forthcoming. She is not asking for the fortune, but control is obviously something they do not want to give up.

  • Judith Munger
    2019-02-26 07:01

    After reading the Millenium Trilogy, I saw a documentary on Larsson's life called "L'horreur boréale". As you must know, Larsson died a few months after finishing writing his trilogy and never enjoyed fame and fortune from the great success that came.In the documentary, they paralleled his real life with the characters depicted in his books and it was also a portrait of Swede troublesome past since World War II. Also, we learned that his life partner, Eva Gabrielsson, didn't get anything after his death because as a precaution, they hid their relationship. They had been together for over 20 years but they were still "singles" in the public eye. Larsson was afraid she might be attacked because he received threats so he wouldn't be involved in exposing the somber areas of Swedish society. When you see Larsson's estranged father and brother that inherit everything in the documentary, you want to slap them. So, this book is Gabrielsson's way of telling her side of the story. Her life with Larsson and their relationship with all it implies helps us get a better understanding of the situation.

  • Kate
    2019-02-23 01:48

    Eva Gabrielsson has a reason to be angry. When Steig Larsson, the novelist famous for the Millenium trilogy, passed away suddenly of a heart attack, Gabrielsson lost more than her partner. His family took over control of his books, his other work and half of her apartment. This was an interesting insight into how some of the things in the books come out. That said, I thought Gabrielsson was sometimes too snobby - that's not the right word, but it is the one that comes to mind - about her partner and their lives. When she waxes poetic about how intellectual they are, it is a little off-putting.But the book is probably a must-read for Larsson fans, of which I am one.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-22 09:02

    An easy-read if you are looking for/needing to read a biography. But more importantly, like The Millennium Trilogy stresses over and over again, this biography gives you the truth about Stieg Larsson's life, about his death, and about what happened after his death, all told by the person that knew him best. What a heart-wrenching and interesting read that answers a lot of questions surrounding both the novels and his purpose for writing them. Fans of the novels shoudl definitely read it! You will not be disappointed!"To understand Stieg's work, I said, one had to know who he really was."--pg. 185I picked up this book yearning to learn more about the author who died before his novel legacy was even published. That fact in itself intrigued me; I just really wanted to learn more about Stieg Larsson's life without having to deal with all of the legal mumbo jumbo that seems to be following him, even into his death. With this relatively short biography, you get the straight facts--no beating around the bush, just the candid and honest facts--from the one constant presence in his life: Eva Gabrielsson.For thirty-two years, Eva Gabrielsson was Stieg's life partner--no, they never married, though not for lack of trying. Job circumstances, politics, and then Stieg's untimely death prevented them from ever making their relationship formal and legal. Because they were not married, legally, Eva was left with nothing--she can only own half of her apartment, has no access to the bank accounts they shared, and could not legally take any part in or have control over the publication of Stieg's novels. But most of all, she just misses Stieg, her "soul mate".A general overview of Stieg's interesting life: He was raised by his grandparents in a little cabin in Northern Sweden. He got involved in political activism at a young age, and consequently met Eva at a support meeting of the Front National de Liberation in Vietnam. Stieg had so many idea, and Eva encouraged him to start writing about them and sending in his pieces to local newspapers. Thus, his journalism career exploded. He was involved in many controversial political arguments through the articles he wrote for many different newspapers and magazines all across Europe. Together with a few others, he and Eva founded the magazine Expo, which wrote unbiased articles about the different political dilemmas they saw, as well as their own ideas. And because of his involvement in journalism and political activism, his life (and, consequently, Eva's too) was threatened on multiple occasions by multiple groups and gangs, compromising his physical safety. And yet:"Without Stieg's battles and crusades, The Millennium Trilogy would never have seen the light of day. His struggle is the heart, brain, and brawn of that saga."--pg. 64What I found absolutely fascinating is that almost every detail found in The Millennium Trilogy is autobiographical in some form or fashion, whether it be similar situations and problems Stieg dealt with in real life, or creating his settings based upon his favorite spots around town, or paying homage to important people in his life by literally naming a character after them. In many ways, Mikael Blomkvist is very similar to Stieg Larsson, from the way he dresses to his passion for investigative journalism to his obsessive love of coffee. And the addresses where all of the characters lived in his novels? They came from the many walks that he and Eva took through the parts of town where her architectural projects were taking place, or from the plans sitting in her office, or from her most current work. The Millennium Trilogy was born from the people and places in Stieg's life, and this book series (intended to be 10 novels) was the impetus in Stieg taking life slower and remembering how much he cherished Eva.Yet, inspite of all of those fascinating details, the center of this biography/memoir to me is the emotional journey that Eva is forced into (and still faces everyday) when Stieg suddenly passed away in November of 2004. Her unconditional love and affection for her "soul mate" is so incredibly evident as she recalls his death, the preparations, the funeral, and the mythological cursing ceremony she holds for all of those individuals (work-related and political) that pushed Stieg into such a premature death. Her grief is such a prominent part of this entire biography, and you can feel her love for Stieg from striaght off the page. She includes snippets from her diary in 2005, where she kept ephiphanies as well as accounts of the mundane daily life, saying that "the diary was a way of proving to myself that I was alive" (pg. 159). A majority of what is published in this diary chapter deals with the legal aftermath of Stieg's death, and of his father and brother's hostile takeover of all of Stieg Larsson's estate, including The Millennium Trilogy. This part of the biography also describes the deep emotional turmoil Eva was left in after Stieg's death and how she learns to survive and to keep on living. All that she continually fights for is extremely inspiring to those who knew and loved Stieg, but also to those who got to know him through reading his works. Eva's struggles have gone global, and many people have joined up in her fight not only to gain control of Stieg's intellectual estate (books, articles, etc), but also to change the law so that other couples in their situation do not have to suffer through what she had--and still has--to go through."The Millennium Trilogy is not just a good story made up by a good author of good crime novels. These books talk about the need to fight to defend one's ideals, and the refusal to give up, to sell oneself, or to grovel before someone powerful."--pg. 195.This is what Stieg Larsson did until the day of his death, and this is what Eva Gabrielsson continues to do to this day--to fight for what they believe in, and to refuse to give up.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-12 03:59

    Does Lisbeth Salander remind you of Pippi Longstocking? This is a suggestion made by Eva Gabrielsson, partner of Stieg Larsson, creator of the Millennium Trilogy. As a huge fan of both Pippi Longstocking and Lisbeth Salander, I found this comparison fascinating!Apart from that little snippet, what I got from this book was exactly what I was looking for, just some background on the legal dispute between Gabrielsson and Stieg Larsson's father and brother. Perhaps it’s not a strictly neutral account, but that wasn’t to be expected! I must admit to being surprised by the anger and desire for revenge – the strangest part of the book, in my opinion is her description of an elaborate Viking curse she delivered against all her and Larsson’s enemies. According to Eva, the ritual brought her a lot of relief. I think I would have preferred a more neutral account of the legal battles for control of Larsson’s work – perhaps Eva is too close to the situation?The book gives some detail about their relationship, their shared ideals and their lives together. It also gives a great picture of Sweden – I had a romantic view of Sweden as some sort of liberal and tolerant paradise, but not so - the distress caused by neo-Nazi groups and their influence is shown here, as are some of Sweden’s archaic laws, particularly those in relation to de facto relationships. It’s these archaic laws that are at the bottom of Eva’s struggles.It provides some fascinating information about Larsson the man, Larsson the political animal and Larsson the writer. One point that does come across strongly is his naivety with regard to looking after his rights and his carelessness in regard to his health.Generally, I feel that, as a biography, the writer is too close to her subject and the writing is a bit disjointed. Perhaps some more editing would have been beneficial. Despite that, it was a fascinating book, and one which I’m glad to have read. But I’m glad I got it from the library and didn’t spend money on it!

  • Kathleen Hagen
    2019-03-21 02:51

    “Some Things I Would Like You to Know” about Stieg and Me, by Eva Gabrielsson, Marie-Francoise Colombani, Linda Coverdale (translator), narrated by Cassandra Campbell, produced by Tantor Media, downloaded from is the greatly anticipated story of Stieg Larsson’s life told by Eva Gabrielsson, his companion of 32 years, but unfortunately not his wife. This is unfortunate because since his death, his estranged family has claimed all rights to his property and his writings. Eva has fought to get control only of his written articles as well as the rights to the books in the trilogy. In this book she tells of their intimate life together, what went into Larsson writing the trilogy and what experiences he brought to bear in this writing, and his time as a journalist, especially at “Expo” which he helped to found and spent so much time trying to keep viable. Eva tells about the legal hassles as well as the steps she took to allow herself to grieve Stieg’s passing. And she gives a teasing hint of what would be in the fourth volume, which she says she could complete, if only allowed to do so, because Larsson had the plot already in place. His family even went so far as to remove her importance from the Wikipedia article about Stieg. Very sad to see such bitter conflict. I felt angry with Larsson that he didn’t provide better for Eva should he die. But then how many of us expect to die at 50? Anyone who has read the Larsson trilogy will want to read this book.

  • Gavin
    2019-03-06 06:06

    It is hard to say that you enjoy a book where the focus is the death of the spouse of the author. I'll have to say that I'm a fan of Stieg, notwithstanding his Salander trilogy, he cared about what is right. He worked to expose injustice, and I'm totally with him. His novels certainly convey that importance. Further, to recall he died at 50 is a wakeup call. Not to mention in 2004, where both my father and Sheri's mother passed, so that resonates.You might oppose Stieg's politics (and sometimes mine), but the intention is always for making the world a better place. Naive, sure, but some of us have to try.I wrestle with helping achieve the hope of Stieg and Eva in their careers. Kudos.All that being said, Eva's book and situation is heartbreaking, and I hope that, in the end, she triumphs.

  • Rebecca Berto
    2019-02-28 00:47

    I read this book in one day. I am a massive fan of what Stieg has done to create the Millennium trilogy. I now know to think of Eva Gabrielsson when I think of this series too as she, as his partner, also had some part in shaping this book. I learnt how cruel and vicious not only Swedish laws are, but of the evil inside some human beings from this book. As his partner she has received ZERO profit from the royalties. Nothing directly from his work. Only what good people from around the world have donated to support her. I won't reveal any plot or spoil anymore for you but I sympathise for any fan of the Millennium trilogy who haven't read her book. It focuses on Stieg, his books, future plans and was a great read. So, yep, I highly recommend!

  • Ellen Keim
    2019-03-08 00:52

    This isn't a great book, but it does answer some questions that fans of Stieg Larsson are sure to have. I would have liked to have learned a little more about their relationship--it seems strange to me that over 32 years they never found the time to get married. (Which is the way she makes it sound.) Also, there are some vague references to their lives possibly being in danger which really needed more explanation. I got the impression that this was written quickly just to get some information out there about her and Larsson and the controversy over his estate.

  • April
    2019-03-19 08:05

    it's sad that she felt she had to write this book and really that's about the best thing about it. it's not well written. she mostly manages to sound whiny and there are too many exclamation marks. really, don't bother reading it, just feel bad for her and know that there's more to stieg larsson than the milennium series (which is obvious from that series). whatever.

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2019-02-20 04:48

    Eva Gabrielsson lived thirty years of her life with Stieg Larsson, most known for the Millennium Trilogy - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Unfortunately, Stieg Larsson died unexpectedly at the age of 50, and would not live to even see the first one in print.Even more unfortunately for those left behind, Eva and Stieg never married, and Stieg did not have a will. Under Swedish law, since they had no children, Eva was left with no claim to anything, and the rights to his novels went to his brother and father.One interesting theme to the book that I just didn't expect was that of revenge. According to Eva, Stieg believed heavily in revenge, and she believes he demonstrates this through the characters in the Millennium Trilogy as well. To help her own emotional journey through grieving Stieg, Eva researched and put on a traditional Icelandic nið, which is basically a curse or revenge poem based in Skaldic poetry. She includes the text of what she wrote and a description of the ritual her group of friends had, and it was raw and painful, but somehow it made perfect sense that the woman Stieg loved would go to that kind of extreme. It was a very Lisbeth Salander thing to do.I do think this is worth the read. The end gets a little fragmented and she throws in her journals and some letter segments, making it feel like she was rushing to have it published, but I suspect that is true. Part of me wishes she'd had more distance between his death and writing this, but something tells me that her honest emotions are part of what brings Stieg to life so clearly. See my longer review here, which talks about a connection to Neal Stephenson, other Swedish crime authors, and more details on the legal battles.

  • Christine
    2019-03-12 04:46

    I recently won a Twitter contest by Tantor Media and when I was allowed to choose an audiobook I could not pass up this selection. Since I had recently finished the Dragon Tattoo series I was interested in knowing a little more about the man behind it. This book did not disappoint.Although they never married Eva Gabrielsson was Stieg Larsson’s lifelong companion. Sharing thirty-two years together Ms. Gabreilsson is able to relate some of Mr. Larsson’s childhood and early life with the reader as well as the kind of man he was as an adult. The reader learns about his career ambitions and the road his life took in that respect. She also shares his strong moral beliefs on a variety of subjects. Any book dealing with his life cannot omit what happened after his sudden death in 2004 at the age of fifty. Ms. Gabrielsson not only writes about her understandable grief but also discusses the difficulties surrounding the Millennium series (with family, lawyers and the government) with a grace that I feel I could not muster under similar circumstances. Although admittedly one sided, since she is the author of the book, I feel she deserves kudos in that department.In reading other reviews of this book I realize many people were disappointed that it was not more of a tell all (behind bedroom door type secrets) but I do not believe that was Ms. Gabrielsson’s mission in writing this book. As it stands this book was an interesting insight into the man behind the phenomenal success of the Dragon Tattoo books, but also an opportunity to get to know a little bit about a woman who is quite amazing in her own right.

  • Jocelyn Thomas
    2019-02-19 05:56

    This book was a wonderful love story. It was clear that Gabrielsson has a axe to grind against the family of Stieg Larsson and their handling of his estate, but the love that she and Larsson shared was touching. She also explains how details of the millennium trilogy came from their life together; things like the coffee shops that they visited, the sailing trips that they went on, and the writing cottage they had always wanted to build. Though I am a fan of the trilogy, the story that developed between Eva and Stieg is the focal point of this story. Like most readers, I don't know the real story of what happened to the series after Larsson's death, but Eva's account seems plausible. I hate to get on board and say 'down with the Larsson's' as I don't know the full story, but if this is indeed the real story, my heart goes out to Gabrielsson. All in all this is a wonderful love story about a man who's books fascinated the masses, told by the women he built a life with, and I would recommend it to anyone who was a fan of the series.

  • Evk
    2019-03-18 07:06

    Milénium, Stieg a já je tenká knížečka, která slibuje přiblížit osobnost Stiega Larssona očima jeho životní partnerky Evy Gabrielssonové. To co se ale čtenáři dostane do rukou, působí více než rozpačitě. Krátký kapitoly se čtou výborně a zhruba 2/3 knihy skutečně vypráví o švédském autorovi, ale nejde se do hloubky, dostanete jen několik povrchních (i když zajímavých) informací o jeho dětství, jeho kariéře, nebezpečnosti jeho poslání... Poslední třetina je věnovaná Evině životě po Stiegově smrti a v podstatě je to hanopis na Stiegovi příbuzné, kteří Evu připravili o kompletní dědictví a dlouho to vypadalo, že jí snad nenechají ani střechu nad hlavou. Pokud se chcete dozvědět pár zajímavostí o Stiegovi a jeho partnerce, o Miléniu, Švédsku a třenicích po jeho smrti, rozhodně si to přečtěte. Pokud ale bažíte po pěkné biografii, tak toto není ideální, protože těch informací a fotek je vážně málo. Poslední třetina knihy mě taky docela znechutila všechen ten business kolem Milénia...

  • Leigh
    2019-03-22 06:06

    Certainly interesting "footnote" to Millennium Trilogy which gives more insight into Mr. Larsson's politics, passions, lifestyle, and interpersonal relationships with his true love and family and friends. Also description of his eating and health habits and the way he did, or more aptly didnt, take care of himself make his death at 50 not so surprising. The author, who was Mr. Larsson's life partner for 30 yrs, suffered a terrible blow with his sudden death and subsequent maltreatment by his family. Yet I did find myself thinking that she was going on abt the loss as if the same thing had not also happened to millions of other people.

  • Francisco
    2019-03-11 05:12

    I liked this book a lot. When I read Stieg Larsson's work, I felt that there was an integrity and honesty to his writing that I missed in other extremely popular bestsellers. This book confirmed my initial gut feeling. For me integrity in writing is when the work reflects the moral stance of the writer. Stieg Larsson's defense of abused women, his desire for journalistic honesty, his discomfort with the materialism of our times, all themes that are found in his writings are also integral to his life. And it is also wonderful to read about how two people that are life-long friends, partners, lovers, and advocates for a common cause.

  • r.b.
    2019-03-05 02:14

    This book definitely gives you a lot of interesting context for the Millenium novels as well as some interesting insight on Stieg Larsson. Learning about his journalistic career and the sort of stuff he typically wrote certainly made it clear to my why some parts of the books felt a bit dry and kind of academic. I'm especially referring to the first -oh, let's say 160 pages of the first novel. However, it really does make you understand that Gabrielsson is more interested in Larsson's integrity rather than the money. It's an interesting read, although it sort of runs out of steam towards the end. Much like this review.

  • Tony Nielsen
    2019-02-27 03:03

    It's truly amazing that a supposedly forward thinking country like Sweden doesn't recognise de facto relationships in their laws. That's essentially Eva Gabrielson's story, as the longtime (32 years) partner of the late best selling author Stieg Larsson. The fact is his estranged father & brother were able to become the legal beneficeries of the mega selling Millennium Trilogy and the offshoot movies etc. This is Eva's story, and as a fan of Stieg's books its a really interesting read. Yes, she is bitter, but rightly so. And the mystery around a fourth book in the series remains unsolved.

  • Janet Joy
    2019-03-10 08:02

    Her succinct style of writing about grief reminded me of Joan Didion's Year of Magical Thinking. The backstory to the Millennium trilogy was fascinating as I've read the 3 books and I've seen The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Swedish film. She is an intelligent and articulate woman who has been incredibly wronged by the Swedish legal system and she is currently trying to change these archaic laws. I am going to have the great honour to meet her when she arrives in Toronto this Friday. I feel very lucky.

  • flybrarian
    2019-03-19 04:05

    This book satisfied my curiosity about the inspiration for the Millenium trilogy and the ongoing legal dispute between Larsson's family and his life partner Eva Gabrielsson. It wasn't the most exciting or moving memoir I've read, but perhaps it was the translation that made it come off a little dry?

  • Barbara
    2019-03-16 01:56

    This is a difficult book to review because I feel so much sympathy for Eva. It might deserve a lower rating as far as writing goes, but I'm interested in Stieg Larsson and the Millenium Trilogy, so I enjoyed it. Also, his father and brother are monsters.

  • Dolores
    2019-03-20 04:56

    I do feel bad for Eva. However, for being such bright individuals--kinda dumb on the legal issues of their relationship and her bitterness at times is unsettling. It would have been more interesting perhaps from someone less close to Steig L. to have written this biography.

  • Chrissie
    2019-02-23 06:44

    This book was interesting overall since I didn't know much about Larsson or the fight over his estate. Read it in a half an hour and then get on with your life.

  • Jocelyn
    2019-02-26 05:49

    It's clear to me that Gabrielsson wrote this memoir as a way to cope with her pain of loss, just as she suggests that Larsson wrote the Millennium series to cope with the stress of his daily life. In these pages, Stieg's partner lays out their shared lives for the world to see, not only to give readers an insight into the origins of the famous series that lead them here, but also to point out exactly why the legal battles in the aftermath of Larsson's death are so unjust. Though short in pages, this book is lengthy - a lengthy justification of the decisions that led Gabrielsson to her current legal predicament. Why did she and Stieg never marry? Why was there no will that left her the main beneficiary? Why has a different author taken up the continuation of the series if Larsson had already drafted a fourth installment? Gabrielsson, during the course of working through her own grief with writing, answers these questions that she has surely been asked countless times. Larsson's life having been tragically cut short aside, this justification of Gabrielsson's is the true sorrow of the book for me. She should not need to explain their choices to anyone - she and Larsson chose to live the way they wanted to, and it is not up to anyone else to determine if those reasons were good enough or not. That Larsson's legacy and livelihood were placed in the care of his estranged relatives is an injustice, adding insult to injury. Personally, I read this book shortly after reading the fourth and fifth installments of the Millennium series, written by David Lagercrantz. For some reason these books rang hollow for me, but now I understand why: though fictional, the Millennium books were not a figment of Larsson's imagination - they were an extension of his life, and only someone who shared in his life as Gabrielsson did could possibly continue the series. I have nothing against Lagercrantz, but he certainly does not fit this bill - and neither could anyone that Larsson's estranged relatives nominate for the task.

  • Cathryn
    2019-02-25 05:59

    This book seems like it was written by a 13-year-old. Quite possibly the worst book I've ever read. So, her in-laws thought she was crazy and they severed all contact. I honestly don't blame them. Now I am all set to read the 4th book in the Millenium series (by another author of course) and won't feel any guilt. Thanks, Eva!