cover image “There Are Things I Want You to Know” About Stieg Larsson and Me

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

Eva Gabrielsson with Marie-Françoise Colombani, read by Cassandra Campbell. Tantor Audio, unabridged, five CDs, 5.25 hrs., $29.99 ISBN 978-1-4526-0234-9

This brief, no-frills audio version of Gabrielsson’s memoir chronicles the life of the architect who lived with Swedish novelist Stieg Larsson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) for more than 30 years, but was cut out of his inheritance because the couple never married. Gabrielsson sets the record straight about Larsson’s childhood (which he spent almost entirely with his grandparents, not the father and estranged brother who now collect his royalties) and highlights the importance of the bestselling author’s political activism and fight against right-wing extremism. Although Cassandra Campbell’s narration is clear, crisp, and acerbic, she fails to express the author’s rage, particularly in the book’s later chapters and specifically in the climactic moments following Larsson’s unexpected death. A Seven Stories Press hardcover. (June)