Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Stieg Larsson, My Friend (Kurdo Baksi)

Stieg Larsson, My Friend
Kurdo Baksi

Blurb: Stieg Larsson is best known as the author of the Millennium trilogy, but during his career as a journalist he was also a crucial protagonist in the battle against racism and for democracy in Sweden and in Europe, and a founder of the anti-facist magazine Expo. Kurdo Baksi first met Larsson in 1992; it was the beginning of an intense friendship, and a fruitful but challenging working relationship. Now, six years after Larsson's sudden death, Baksi has written about his close friend.

In this candid and rounded memoir Baksi answers the questions a multitude of Larsson's readers have already asked: about his upbringing; the recurring death threats from neo-Nazi groups; his prodigious capacity for work on the causes about which he was passionate; his feminism - so evident in his novels - and his dogmatism. What was he like as a colleague? Who provided the inspiration for his now-immortal characters (Baksi is one of the few who appears in the trilogy as himself)? Who was Lisbeth Salander?

Stieg Larsson, My Friend is an eloquent and troubling insight into the life of a man who has rapidly become one of the world's bestselling authors.

Translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson.

ISBN: 9780857050717 (Paperback)
Year: 2010
Publisher: Maclehose Press
Pages: 144 (Non-Fiction)


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