Swedish Stieg Larsson biography published

by Peter

Before his death from a sudden heart attack in 2004, Stieg Larsson was known for his workaholic lifestyle. He ran the anti-racist magazine Expo and wrote freelance articles aimed at exposing Swedish neo-Nazis by night, and worked at the TT news agency as a graphic artist and journalist by day. The biography is written by a colleague of Stieg Larsson at the TT news agency. According to the Swedish newspaper The Local:

In the book, entitled ‘Min vän Stieg Larsson’ (My Friend Stieg Larsson), journalist Kurdo Baksi alleges that the famed author of the Millennium series of novels, who also worked at the Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå (TT), wrote biased articles and even invented material.

Eva Gabrielsson, the long-time partner of best-selling author Stieg Larsson, has slammed the new book.

”Kurdo is trying to do a character assassination of Stieg as a journalist. This is pure slander,” Gabrielsson told the Swedish television channel SVT. Gabrielsson says that Stieg Larsson only cooperated with Baksi for a short period on an anti-racist magazine and a few political articles in the 1990s and that Baksi did not actually know the author that well.

Other prominent people, among them Åsa Linderborg in Aftonbladet and  Stieg Larsson’s former boss at TT, Kenneth Ahlborn, supports Eva Gabrielsson. Ahlborn says the claims are false and an attempt to grab the media spotlight.

”I was Stieg’s boss. We worked in the same room every day. If anyone should speak about his relationship to TT it should be me. The assertion that he could make up biased, objectionable articles is so bizarre. We don’t work like that at TT and Stieg was not like that,” he said. In an article in Dagens Nyheter newspaper on Tuesday, Ahlborn wrote that Baksi’s publishers should withdraw the book unless the allegations can be proven.

There has been a lot of controversy in Sweden following Stieg Larsson’s untimely death and spectacular success. And I am sure there is more ahead.

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Philip Young

There is indeed more controversy ahead – “‘Partner may have written Millennium books’” http://www.thelocal.se/24538/20100122/

Peter

Yeah, I noticed that one. They write about it in Norwegian “Dagbladet” and Swedish “Dagens Nyheter” as well. However, I don’t want to add to the status of this rumor by writing about it – I think there is much evidence that indicates that it is wrong.

Peter

ludwig

I first became acquainted with this man through the American Publishers of his Trilogy on the PBS program CHARLIE ROSE.
The female editor left me in a quandry about what she was trying to say about Mr. Larrson. Why did he die—according to the above statements–he died under normal circumstances from a coronary. However the editor seem to imply that he was a gay man who had recieved death threats not only over his anti-racist writings but also simply because he was a gay man who never married his partner supposedly because at that time Sweden did not recognize same sex marriages. However, it has been my understanding that Swedish Law recognized and granted same sex marriages since shortly after Denmark did back in the 1970s. What is the truth here about Mr Larsson? Also I would like to know why he was given the name Steven (or Stephan) on this program which made finding information about him very difficult—was only able to find it as result of searching under the titles of his books. I would appreciate being told the answers to these questions especially why he died from a coronary, if true, since Sweden has an excellent socialized Health care system and it is well know how to avoid making oneself a target for this illnes.

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