Niedermann, the evil giant and Lisbeth’s half-brother, is an excellent foot soldier for his and Lisbeth’s father, Zalachenko, especially because of his medical condition, congenital analgesia. This is a real medical syndrome in which a person literally feels no pain, even from experiences like putting a finger in fire. Although congenital analgesia is very rare, it is also very serious. Larsson may have gotten the idea of a character with congenital analgesia from science fiction stories, as there are several well-known sf stories that include characters with this syndrome.
Quote of the Day“The real kick in reading Larsson’s trilogy is his clever, repeated expression of a rarely spoken truth: In a world that underpays and undervalues their very existence, women aren’t out for revenge. They’re out for justice.” — Billy Frolick, The Huffington Post.
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