Five years after his death, Stieg Larsson is best known as the author of the Millennium Trilogy, but during his career as a journalist he was a crucial protagonist in the battle against racism and for democracy in Sweden, and one of the founders 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. In this candid and rounded memoir, Baksi answers the questions a multitude of Larsson's fans have already asked, about his upbringing; the recurring death threats; his insomnia and his vices; his feminism - so evident in his books - 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?
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 140 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 12 mm
'Baksi writes knowledgably about Larsson's work as a passionate campaigner against racism. It is an intellectual and unsentimental portrait' Joy lo Dico, Independent on Sunday. * Independent on Sunday *
'[A] short but powerful memoir. For Larsson geeks such as myself, the unearthed details of his past and the fond recollections of his ceaseless pursuit of justice are gripping' Rosie Swash, Observer. * Rosie Swash, Observer *
'In Baksi's book we recognise the deep wellsprings of Larsson's work' Iain Finlayson, The Times. * The Times *