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"There Are Things I Want You to Know" About Stieg Larsson and Me

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  786 ratings  ·  171 reviews
Eva Gabrielsson and Stieg Larsson. In "There Are Things I Want You to Know" About Stieg Larsson and Me, Gabrielsson accepts the daunting challenge of telling their story, steeped in love and sharpened in the struggle for justice and human rights. She chooses to tell it in short, spare, lyrical chapters, like snapshots, regaling Larsson's readers with how he wrote, why he w...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Seven Stories Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Naomi
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Paula
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 more 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...more
Laura
This was very different from Forshaw's book, but in a good way. As Larsson's life partner, Gabrielsson has some great insight into the author's personality. She gives more biographical information, emphasizing Larsson's family relationships. Much of the book covers their 32-year relationship; she also points out where the places used in the books came from, and which characters are based on real people.

The last few chapters are dedicated to her unfortunate battles with Larsson's family over his...more
Kate
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 more 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...more
Louise
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 more context than this one.

Gabrielsson's book provides backgrou...more
Kathy
Does Lisbeth Salander remind you of Pippi Longstocking? This is a suggestion made by Eva Gabrielsson, partner of Stieg Larsson, creator of the Millennium Trilogy. As a huge fan of both Pippi Longstocking and Lisbeth Salander, I found this comparison fascinating!
Apart from that little snippet, what I got from this book was exactly what I was looking for, just some background on the legal dispute between Gabrielsson and Stieg Larsson's father and brother. Perhaps it’s not a strictly neutral accoun...more
Judith Munger
After reading the Millenium Trilogy, I saw a documentary on Larsson's life called "L'horreur boréale". 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 h...more
David Fuller
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 more than 27 million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into successful films in...more
Kathleen Hagen
“Some Things I Would Like You to Know” about Stieg and Me, by Eva Gabrielsson, Marie-Francoise Colombani, Linda Coverdale (translator), narrated by Cassandra Campbell, produced by Tantor Media, downloaded from audible.com.

Here is the greatly anticipated story of Stieg Larsson’s life told by Eva Gabrielsson, his companion of 32 years, but unfortunately not his wife. This is unfortunate because since his death, his estranged family has claimed all rights to his property and his writings. Eva has f...more
Ellen Keim
This isn't a great book, but it does answer some questions that fans of Stieg Larsson are sure to have. I would have liked to have learned a little more about their relationship--it seems strange to me that over 32 years they never found the time to get married. (Which is the way she makes it sound.) Also, there are some vague references to their lives possibly being in danger which really needed more explanation. I got the impression that this was written quickly just to get some information ou...more
April
it's sad that she felt she had to write this book and really that's about the best thing about it. it's not well written. she mostly manages to sound whiny and there are too many exclamation marks. really, don't bother reading it, just feel bad for her and know that there's more to stieg larsson than the milennium series (which is obvious from that series). whatever.
Christine
I recently won a Twitter contest by Tantor Media and when I was allowed to choose an audiobook I could not pass up this selection. Since I had recently finished the Dragon Tattoo series I was interested in knowing a little more about the man behind it. This book did not disappoint.

Although they never married Eva Gabrielsson was Stieg Larsson’s lifelong companion. Sharing thirty-two years together Ms. Gabreilsson is able to relate some of Mr. Larsson’s childhood and early life with the reader as...more
Jocelyn Thomas
This book was a wonderful love story. It was clear that Gabrielsson has a axe to grind against the family of Stieg Larsson and their handling of his estate, but the love that she and Larsson shared was touching. She also explains how details of the millennium trilogy came from their life together; things like the coffee shops that they visited, the sailing trips that they went on, and the writing cottage they had always wanted to build.

Though I am a fan of the trilogy, the story that developed...more
Jennifer
An easy-read if you are looking for/needing to read a biography. But more 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 wil...more
Evk
Milénium, Stieg a já je tenká knížečka, která slibuje přiblížit osobnost Stiega Larssona očima jeho životní partnerky Evy Gabrielssonové. To co se ale čtenáři dostane do rukou, působí více než rozpačitě. Krátký kapitoly se čtou výborně a zhruba 2/3 knihy skutečně vypráví o švédském autorovi, ale nejde se do hloubky, dostanete jen několik povrchních (i když zajímavých) informací o jeho dětství, jeho kariéře, nebezpečnosti jeho poslání... Poslední třetina je věnovaná Evině životě po Stiegově smrti...more
Rebecca Berto
I read this book in one day. I am a massive fan of what Stieg has done to create the Millennium trilogy. I now know to think of Eva Gabrielsson when I think of this series too as she, as his partner, also had some part in shaping this book. I learnt how cruel and vicious not only Swedish laws are, but of the evil inside some human beings from this book. As his partner she has received ZERO profit from the royalties. Nothing directly from his work. Only what good people from around the world have...more
Cher
My heart goes out to Eva Gabrielsson for her loss of her partner of 32 years, Stieg Larsson, and for the terrible power struggle she has fought with Larrson's estranged father and brother. I read this out of curiosity to read her point of view and to sample her writing since she has been cited as a possible co-author were the Millineum series to be continued. After reading her short, disjointed account, I hope she does not continue the series. Despite a contributor, Marie-Francoise Colomban, the...more
Leigh
Certainly interesting "footnote" to Millennium Trilogy which gives more insight into Mr. Larsson's politics, passions, lifestyle, and interpersonal relationships with his true love and family and friends. Also description of his eating and health habits and the way he did, or more aptly didnt, take care of himself make his death at 50 not so surprising.
The author, who was Mr. Larsson's life partner for 30 yrs, suffered a terrible blow with his sudden death and subsequent maltreatment by his fam...more
r.b.
This book definitely gives you a lot of interesting context for the Millenium novels as well as some interesting insight on Stieg Larsson. Learning about his journalistic career and the sort of stuff he typically wrote certainly made it clear to my why some parts of the books felt a bit dry and kind of academic. I'm especially referring to the first -oh, let's say 160 pages of the first novel. However, it really does make you understand that Gabrielsson is more interested in Larsson's integrity...more
Tony Nielsen
It's truly amazing that a supposedly forward thinking country like Sweden doesn't recognise de facto relationships in their laws. That's essentially Eva Gabrielson's story, as the longtime (32 years) partner of the late best selling author Stieg Larsson. The fact is his estranged father & brother were able to become the legal beneficeries of the mega selling Millennium Trilogy and the offshoot movies etc. This is Eva's story, and as a fan of Stieg's books its a really interesting read. Yes,...more
Shell
Well...not exactly what I had anticipated when I picked this up at the library this morning. I absolutely loved the Millenium Trilogy, so I thought this would have some background info, especially about author. And it did. I wasn't crazy about the style of writing or the tone. It was very choppy segments. I also think the author was trying to get us to feel bad for her -- almost wanting us to take her side. There were some interesting tidbits about the Millenium books, specifically that it was a...more
Janet Joy
Jun 22, 2011 Janet Joy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: steve buechler
Her succinct style of writing about grief reminded me of Joan Didion's Year of Magical Thinking. The backstory to the Millennium trilogy was fascinating as I've read the 3 books and I've seen The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Swedish film. She is an intelligent and articulate woman who has been incredibly wronged by the Swedish legal system and she is currently trying to change these archaic laws. I am going to have the great honour to meet her when she arrives in Toronto this Friday. I feel very...more
Alicia
I found this book quite boring. Yes, I found out vaguely interesting facts about his life & writing process. Bottom line is it is his fault Eva was left with nothing, no marriage certificate & no valid will. If he was so worried about her safety because of his work, why did he not take care of protecting her?
flybrarian
This book satisfied my curiosity about the inspiration for the Millenium trilogy and the ongoing legal dispute between Larsson's family and his life partner Eva Gabrielsson. It wasn't the most exciting or moving memoir I've read, but perhaps it was the translation that made it come off a little dry?
Dolores
I do feel bad for Eva. However, for being such bright individuals--kinda dumb on the legal issues of their relationship and her bitterness at times is unsettling. It would have been more interesting perhaps from someone less close to Steig L. to have written this biography.
Barbara
This is a difficult book to review because I feel so much sympathy for Eva. It might deserve a lower rating as far as writing goes, but I'm interested in Stieg Larsson and the Millenium Trilogy, so I enjoyed it. Also, his father and brother are monsters.
Chrissie
This book was interesting overall since I didn't know much about Larsson or the fight over his estate. Read it in a half an hour and then get on with your life.

Lanakila
All the author kept saying was "they didn't know him like I did". Over, and over, and over. I didn't bother finishing more than 20% of it.
Tracy
an injustice w/out a doubt, but the book isn't a "must read."
Larry
Must reading for any fans of "The Girl..." trilogy. Eva was Steig Larsson's Significant Other for over 30 years, who was cut out of his inheritance by Swedish law and his father and brother, who have gotten rich off the work that they had nothing to do with. And also through their (Eva and Stig's) naivete and unworldliness. What is so frustrating is that they could have prevented this outcome in so many ways, but never took responsibility.

The first half (more or less) is about the trilogy, inci...more
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