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Eva Gabrielsson on Her Life with Stieg Larsson

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Eva Gabrielsson tells about her life with novelist Stieg Larsson—they were together from the age of 18 until his untimely death 32 years later. In There Are Things I Want You to Know: About Stieg Larsson and Me, Gabrielsson tells the story of their shared life and shared struggle for justice and human rights, and she offers an account of how he wrote, why he wrote, and who the sources were for Lisbeth and his other characters.

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Comments [14]

That is not a mistake, but an outright lie and makes it even more difficult to understand Julian Assanges hate towards the swedish legal system. Its so enlightened he chose to station servers in Sweden. He is a nihilist.

Jun. 25 2011 05:16 PM
NachoMan from Stockholm

For all its forward-thinking social policies Swedish laws remain strangely misogynistic. It wasn't until the 1980's, for example, when laws requiring corroboration, someone sitting there watching, for a rape conviction were repealed here. I guess every culture has its primitive side.

Jun. 24 2011 08:40 AM

Jonas, what I tried to say was that swedes are culturally very close to USA and since this is a NYC channel I wrote a little bit about ... New York. I wrote about this because I dont think most americans, not even the new yorkers, know how influential american culture is in Sweden, as opposed to France and Germany for example. We would never dream of dubbing american movies for instance. An other example, av bit absurd: yesterday I saw a docu-series (?) about a small firm, probably down south, catching alligators, on one of the swedish national channels.

I also wrote about it as a contrast to some statements on WNYC, for example a question if the burmese socialism was like the swedish socialism. Sweden never was socialist and certainly is not now. The swedish government has one idea - cutting taxes like crazy. Well, and weakening unions, making it easier for corporations to hire and fire.

I guess I wrote a little bit to much about one or two subjects to many, but I think its fantastic to be able to follow what happens in USA, okay 75% NYC and 25% the rest, like this and when Sweden is mentioned I cant resist to write. I listned to a program that was not from NYC, about the projected harvest of corn and soy, a few months ago on NPR. I like liberal banjo playing rednecks, meat eating alaskans, midwesterners, minnesotans ... Ive only been to Florida and NYC, so that might help explain the bias.

Jun. 23 2011 07:00 PM
Jonas from redneckland

Ola_11: since I do not like rednecks and banjos, I think I would prefer NYC.......

Jun. 23 2011 08:59 AM
paperbagmarlys from Cleveland

Ms. Gabrielsson is such a dignified, straightforward, and intelligent woman. I'm impressed.

It's unfortunately, perhaps, that she wasn't also on Brian Leher's show. As usual, Leonard's only half-interested in a guest who's not an elderly actress. His gentle style here isn't bad because Ms. Gabrielsson fills in a lot of the blanks and is forthcoming without being pushed but it would have been interesting to hear Brian ask her some of the more obvious questions: How did Stieg's politics develop over the years? What was life like when Stieg and Eva had to hide from the far right? (There were several murders of journalists who covered the far right in those years and Stieg was threatened more than once.) And so on.

It might have also been nice to discuss some of the content of the book and/or have her read some. The Viking curse that Ms. Gabrielsson put on Stieg's enemies is a lovely thing and her descriptions of Stieg's day to day life, not to mention his time training Ethopian women fighters, are interesting.

Jun. 23 2011 03:51 AM

I can assure You I wont confuse NYC with Middle America. I have nothing against banjo playing red necks but I prefer the music scene in NYC, the art, literature (I like Franzen and Wallace though), cuisine, fashion ... and all those fantastic liberal, I almost said jew, new yorkers that refuse to give up the true liberal spirit, enlighted and humanistic. I liked Winters Bone, but it didnt make me change my holiday plans. If the Midwest was a brand, it would be less valuable than Williamsburg.

Jun. 22 2011 06:51 PM
Jonas from Redneck-land

Brooklyn and Stockholm might have a lot in common.....central Virginia and Stockholm not so much. The US is a HUGE country, please do not confuse NYC with middle America............

Jun. 22 2011 01:50 PM

Leonard, my man, You are so touching some times:

- Right wing in Sweden?

Stieg was a specialist in right wing extremists, like skin heads, but today they can hardly walk in the streets in a skin head outfit. Hitchens wrote a piece on Stieg Larsson and skinheads and crazy swedes and vikings. He know nothing. Open racism is a minor problem and we has received extraordinarily amounts of refugees - after the invasion of Irak a lot more irakis than USA and UK TOGETHER. Tens of thousands.

In an other program Leonard interviewed someone from Burma and asked about the burmese kind of socialism, a few guesses and then "like in Sweden maybe?" Sweden is a perfectly normal liberal democracy, with parties from left wing to moderates (neoliberals) and, for the first time in our history, a right wing populist party, not in favour of gay marriages, but approx 80% of all swedes are pro. We are protestants, at least in tradition, and regard the pope as an anachronism and we dont think that "every sperm is sacred", as Monty Python sang.

- Movement in Sweden against the war in Vietnam?

Well, prime minister Olof Palme - our JFK and shot 1986 - walked shoulder to shoulder with North Vietnams ambassador to Sweden in Stockholm and held a speech that provoked a diplomatic crisis between Sweden and USA. Palme was, however, not the least anti american.

We are new yorkers, brooklynites. When asking residents of Kungsholmen / Sthlm where they would like to live if they were to move, 50% answered N.Y. When I came to Brooklyn, in the middle of the night, it felt like coming home. I had rented a room in a brown stone house, left my bags and went straigt to the convenient store on the corner and bought a pastrami sandwich and a B&J Cherry Garcia. We love USA more than any other foreigners and that love is based on CULTURAL affinity, in an broad sense. There is one problem though, USA:s foreign policy. It can be scary as hell. CIA even came to Sweden to get two egyptians, flew them to Egypt where they were tortured. Later the swedish govenrment payed them damages, so I guess it was a "mistake".

- Majority of couples unmarried?

Marriage is probably the norm, even though divorces are common and so are family constellations with biological and non biological children. Its not problematic.

Im totally on Evas side but she is contradicting herself a little bit - in swedish TV she has said that Stieg had a plan with the books, that he wrote them to make money, was rather convinced that he would. She said that the money, Stieg thought he would make something like 750.000$, would be like an insurance. That does not mean that he had integrity and, as Eva said, really had fun writing the books.

Leonard, write to me next time You interview someone from Sweden and I will get You all the relevant fact and brief You on the swedish perspective on the subject. I listen to You every day and really like the unprejudiced and curious tone in your programs.

Jun. 22 2011 04:14 AM

Leonard, my man, You are so touching some times:

- Right wing in Sweden?

Stieg was a specialist in right wing extremists, like skin heads, but today they can hardly walk in the streets in a skin head outfit. Hitchens wrote a piece on Stieg Larsson and skinheads and crazy swedes and vikings. He know nothing. Open racism is a minor problem and we has received extraordinarily amounts of refugees - after the invasion of Irak a lot more irakis than USA and UK TOGETHER. Tens of thousands.

In an other program Leonard interviewed someone from Burma and asked about the burmese kind of socialism, a few guesses and then "like in Sweden maybe?" Sweden is a perfectly normal liberal democracy, with parties from left wing to moderates (neoliberals) and, for the first time in our history, a right wing populist party, not in favour of gay marriages, but approx 80% of all swedes are pro. We are protestants, at least in tradition, and regard the pope as an anachronism and we dont think that "every sperm is sacred", as Monty Python sang.

- Movement in Sweden against the war in Vietnam?

Well, prime minister Olof Palme - our JFK and shot 1986 - walked shoulder to shoulder with North Vietnams ambassador to Sweden in Stockholm and held a speech that provoked a diplomatic crisis between Sweden and USA. Palme was, however, not the least anti american.

We are new yorkers, brooklynites. When asking residents of Kungsholmen / Sthlm where they would like to live if they were to move, 50% answered N.Y. When I came to Brooklyn, in the middle of the night, it felt like coming home. I had rented a room in a brown stone house, left my bags and went straigt to the convenient store on the corner and bought a pastrami sandwich and a B&J Cherry Garcia. We love USA more than any other foreigners and that love is based on CULTURAL affinity, in an broad sense. There is one problem though, USA:s foreign policy. It can be scary as hell. CIA even came to Sweden to get two egyptians, flew them to Egypt where they were tortured. Later the swedish govenrment payed them damages, so I guess it was a "mistake".

- Majority of couples unmarried?

Marriage is probably the norm, even though divorces are common and so are family constellations with biological and non biological children. Its not problematic.

Im totally on Evas side but she is contradicting herself a little bit - in swedish TV she has said that Stieg had a plan with the books, that he wrote them to make money, was rather convinced that he would. She said that the money, Stieg thought he would make something like 750.000$, would be like an insurance. That does not mean that he had integrity and, as Eva said, really had fun writing the books.

Leonard, write to me next time You interview someone from Sweden and I will get You all the relevant fact and brief You on the swedish, or european, perspective on the subject. I listen to You every day and really like the unprejudiced and curious tone in your programs.

Jun. 22 2011 04:09 AM
barent

i agree,very sad. and, i think more complicated, than one would imagine at first glance.

Jun. 21 2011 02:04 PM
Capper from nyc

wow...
incredible of his family to be so selfish.
so sad.

Jun. 21 2011 01:55 PM
Frieda from Nj

What did Mr Larsson die of?

Jun. 21 2011 01:46 PM
LovedtheBooks!

Please ask (in the nicest way possible) is she still getting screwed by the "inlaws?"

Jun. 21 2011 01:26 PM
Aissa from NJ

Eva, We support you! Good luck!

Jun. 21 2011 09:08 AM

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