Jan 7, 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


I've just started on a Trilogy that has finally been translated from Swedish!

It has sold millions of copies in Sweden and has been the most read books of all time! This is, according to my in-laws who are such avid fans of the books. They said it was so addictive and full of suspense that they couldn't put the book down!
Well, I'm on page 100 now and I'd probably be on page 300 by tonight!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first part of a 3 part series. A crime novel set in Sweden written by Swedish Noveliest, Stieg Larsson, who has since passed away...
He apparently went to his publisher with these 3 books and passed away while he was writing his 4th and last sequel, so sad!
The word is Mr Larsson smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day and hence caused his untimely death in 2004. He was only 50.

Steig had a life long companion (since he was 18), Eva, who apparently had gained nothing (ok, very little compared to the amount of money he has made!) from his success as she wasn't married to him. And over the years, there have been trials and court over who would be his rightful inheritor (Steig's father and brother are in the picture).

It reads on his Bio page:

A life under constant threat

During the last 15 years of his life, he and his life companion Eva Gabrielsson lived under constant threat from right-wing violence. When a labor-union leader was murdered in his home by neo-Nazis in 1999, the police discovered photos of and information about the couple in the murderer's apartment. So it was not without reason that the couple took precautionary measures. They were never seen together outside the house, they moved mirrors in the hall and they always kept the blinds down. Those are just a few examples. Stieg was an expert in the area, and wrote a book of instructions on how journalists should respond to threats for the Swedish Union of Journalists ("Överleva Deadline", 2000).

Sounds like his own life was a novel worth writing about!

2 comments:

Susie said...

OMG i have this book! and it's been sitting on my bookshelf for like 3 years or something but i never got around to reading it! have you finished it? is it good??? xo

VENETIA STRAVENS said...

ya its very good! the deeper into the book the more exciting it gets. i don't really want to compare it to the da vinci code but it has the same suspense cannot put the book down thing!