Tag Archives: Sweden

The Men Who Hate Women

Our headline here reflects, of course, the original title of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. The theme deservedly generated a lot more attention to the plague of violence against women, not just in Sweden but internationally (see Chapter 7 of The Tattooed Girl, for example). Now, three Swedish academics … Continue reading

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Tattoos Hornets Fire: The Millennium Sweden – A new travel/coffee table book

A new book highlights photographs of the real life Stockholm, based on the vision of that city suggested in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. Tattoos Hornets Fire: The Millennium Sweden is an unusual photobook, utilizing  photographs by Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg. … Continue reading

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“The Poet of the Space Age”: In Memory of Ray Bradbury

In the commentary that follows, John-Henri Holmberg, co-author of The Tattooed Girl, longtime friend of Stieg Larsson’s, and expert on science fiction, shares some of his thoughts on the recent death of Ray Bradbury, who passed away at 91. As … Continue reading

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Variety reports on the global popularity of Swedish film and culture in the wake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:

The most famous scene in Swedish film used to be Max von Sydow playing chess with Death on the seashore in Ingmar Bergman‘s “The Seventh Seal.” Now it’s Noomi Rapace carving “I am a rapist pig” on the belly of her hog-tied abuser in “The … Continue reading

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Eva Gabrielsson Continues Her Quest

The irony is striking, even if unintended: Eva Gabrielsson will be giving an author’s talk over the Memorial Day weekend in Philadelphia. She is returning to our shores presumably to again promote her book, “There are Things I Want You … Continue reading

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New Music from Sweden: First Aid Kit

We have recently been enjoying the music of a pair of sisters from Sweden who call themselves First Aid Kit: Johanna and Klara Söderberg, who are aged 21 and 19 respectively, and have just released a terrific new album called … Continue reading

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More Nordic Noir Hits the Silver Screen

We were fortunate to be able to interview Sweden’s leading post-Larsson mystery writers for The Tattooed Girl before they became known to a world-wide audience. And now one of them, “Lars Kepler,” has signed a movie deal for all of his projected … Continue reading

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Eva Gabrielsson says Larsson’s politics and feminism is being overlooked – even by Rooney Mara

Eva Gabrielsson, the longtime partner of Stieg Larsson, has made her displeasure over the use of Larsson’s legacy known almost constantly since his death, when Larsson’s brother and father were given control over his estate despite her life partnership with … Continue reading

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Fincher vs. Scorsese: Whose Thriller will be more Authentically Scandinavian?

As we wait for the December premiere of the David Fincher-directed Sony version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a battle of the visions between two artistic Hollywood directors is emerging. Fincher, who filmed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo heavily on … Continue reading

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The Importance of Being Swedish

Appeared in The New Yorker, October 17, 2011

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