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 midway through the book that it dawned on me that this was done 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 sayingyou are who your friends are Needless to say, it didn t give me the most positive impression of an author I had really enjoyed 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 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 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. 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 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. 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 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 J n Fuller is a Winnipeg writer and editor.Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 25, 2011 J10http www.winnipegfreepress.com arts 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 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. After reading the Millenium Trilogy, I saw a documentary on Larsson s life called L horreur bor ale 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. Intr O Incendiara Carte De Memorii, Scrisa In Colaborare Cu Jurnalista Marie Fran Oise 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 Posterita Ii 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 Drepta Ii Si Al Moralei Valori Pe Care Stieg Si Eva Le Au Sus Inut Intreaga Lor Via A 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 AfleCine A Fost Adevaratul Stieg Larsson Cum Era, De Fapt, Barbatul Care A Reusit Sa Vanda Post Mortem De Milioane De Exemplare Din Trilogia Sa Poli Ista, Devenita Un Soi De Roman Cult Al Ultimilor Ani Dupa Ce A Protestat Constant In Presa Fa A De Industria Stieg Generata De Lacomia Familiei Romancierului Suedez Disparut In , 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 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 Interesting revelations about Stieg Larsson. An easy read if you are looking for needing to read a biography But 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 185 I picked up this book yearning to learn about the author who died before his novel legacy was even published That fact in itself intrigued me I just really wanted to learn 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. 4 Stars I really enjoyed reading Eva s story It is a book about love, loss, and the man behind the iconic Lisbeth Salander I especially loved every single one of the details about the inspiration for characters, places, and themes driving The Millennium Trilogy Stieg Larsson s work is unparalleled and inimitable.In fact, everything of this nature described in The Millennium Trilogy has happened at one time or another to a Swedish citizen, journalist, politician, public prosecutor, unionist, or policeman Nothing was made up 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 Eva touched on the injustice of unwed lifetime partnership rights upon death in Sweden, but it is not the bulk of the book In fact, I didn t like how this section was formatted from snippets of her diary over the course of the first year after Stieg s death I would have preferred a organized presentation even though I can appreciate it was an impossible year.I would recommend this if you love Stieg Larsson s The Millennium Trilogy It provides fascinating insights One of the most striking parts of the book is the soulful love story between Eva and Stieg My absolute favorite is the following letter Stockholm, February 9, 1977 Eva, my love, It s over One way or another, everything comes to an end It s all over some day That s perhaps one of the most fascinating truths we know about the entire universe The stars die, the galaxies die, the planets die And people die too I ve never been a believer, but the day I became interested in astronomy, I think I put aside all that was left of my fear of death I d realized that in comparison to the universe, a human being, a single human being, me is infinitely small Well, I m not writing this letter to deliver a profound religious or philosophical lecture I m writing it to tell you farewell I was just talking to you on the phone I can still hear the sound of your voice I imagine you, before my eyes a beautiful image, a lovely memory I will keep until the end At this very moment, reading this letter, you know that I am dead There are things I want you to know As I leave for Africa, I m aware of what s waiting for me I even have the feeling that this trip could bring about my death, but it s something that I have to experience, in spite of everything I wasn t born to sit in an armchair I m not like that Correction I wasn t like that I m not going to Africa just as a journalist, I m going above all on a political mission, and that s why I think this trip might lead to my death This is the first time I ve written to you knowing exactly what to say I love you, I love you, love you, love you I want you to know that I want you to know that I love you than I ve ever loved anyone I want you to know I mean that seriously I want you to remember me but not grieve for me If I truly mean something to you, and I know that I do, you will probably suffer when you learn I am dead But if I really mean something to you, don t suffer, I don t want that Don t forget me, but go on living Live your life Pain will fade with time, even if that s hard to imagine right now Live in peace, my dearest love live, love, hate, and keep fighting I had a lot of faults, I know, but some good qualities as well, I hope But you, Eva, you inspired such love in me that I was never able to express it to you Straighten up, square your shoulders, hold your head high Okay Take care of yourself, Eva Go have a cup of coffee It s over Thank you for the beautiful times we had You made me very happy Adieu I kiss you goodbye, Eva From Stieg, with love
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