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The second day of (our) Christmas! We take it you’ve already bought Alex for all the family after yesterday’s post – well, all the family that won’t get nightmares . . . Now, let Mark explain why an undiscovered gem from the global sensation Stieg Larsson is the perfect seasonal gift.
THE EXPO FILES by Stieg Larsson (translated by Laurie Thompson)
You think of Stieg Larsson and you think of the bestselling author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And understandably so. The Millennium Trilogy features three of the best selling books ever. Larsson started the craze for Scandi crime fiction – and he still sets the standard. Crime fiction really doesn’t get much better than that . . .
But what do we know about the man behind the books? Stieg was a campaigning, left-wing, anti-racist and anti-fascist journalist. Much of the time he wrote for the journal Expo (the model for the Millennium magazine for which the financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist writes in his fiction trilogy). And here for the first time, The Expo Files collects together essays and articles on right-wing extremism and racism, on violence against women and women’s rights, on homophobia and honour killings.
Some of these essays are a little dry, some a little dated, but all show a man who was fully committed to the cause of democracy and equality, and who thought we should fight hard for it. Don’t be mistaken, some of Larsson’s views are, ahem, robustly hard Left – but regardless of whether you agree with him or not on any particular subject, what we read in The Expo Files gives us a fascinating insight into the man who created a literary phenomenon, one of the most important of our times. Larsson’s anger, his insights and his politics all fed into the creation of Blomkvist and the exceptional Lisbeth Salander – and this fascinating collection helps us to understand why he was so angry and how he turned that anger into his matchless fictions.
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There have been some excellent reviews over the last weekend for two MacLehose non-fiction titles — we will never publish a great deal of non-fiction, here, but you count on our titles always being distinctive. And perhaps none more so than Jean-Paul Kauffmann’s A Journey to Nowhere, which was pounced on by Eileen Battersby in the Irish Times:
In common with Claudio Magris and, particularly, the late WG Sebald, Kauffmann has an imagination that thrives on history, literary references, anecdote, lives retrieved and footsteps retraced; he is a natural investigator possessed of equal amounts of patience and tenacity.
Physically this is a beautiful book: it draws the reader towards it and rewards on many levels. Kauffmann is informed and sophisticated but always kindly, never knowing, and his polite engagement is brilliantly rendered by Euan Cameron’s graceful translation. Jean-Paul Kauffman is a thinker and a marvellous companion. This singular little odyssey of a book is both profound meditation and erudite joy.
Kauffmann gazes into the heart of times past; he is also a terrific storyteller.
Read the full review.
Meanwhile, Stieg Larsson’s non-fiction, collected in The Expo Files, was picked up in the Guardian on Saturday, and, not surprising, was roundly lauded:
With the rise of populist parties across Europe, and one gaining traction in Hungary, Stieg Larsson’s anxieties as a journalist seem more pressing than ever. This is no cynical exercise, a gathering of Larsson’s journalism in order to milk the cash cow of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the other two books in the Millienium trilogy. Rather, the selection is both a memorial to a dead friend and colleague’s passions, and a political opportunity, its aim being to inform readers and, to quote Tariq Ali’s introduction, “even push them in the direction of political activism”. Certainly Larsson’s admirers will find much of the ardour that animates his crime novels – in particular, in a long piece on “Swedish and Un-Swedish Violence Towards Women”, which makes clear his disgust at sexist oppression.
Inevitably perhaps I found myself comparing him with George Orwell, and quickly realising that the comparison was unfair. Even Orwell’s most ephemeral pieces summon up an authorial presence and possess a literary subtlety that Larsson was not even attempting to emulate. Rather these are practical, lucid, well-researched articles intended to educate the reader, and little more. And they are valuable pieces that merit attention. The book’s title evokes Mulder and Scully and “the truth that’s out there”, but mercifully Larsson shows little interest in conspiracy theories – in fact, belief in them appears part of the anti-democratic, rightwing culture that he loathes. Instead there is admirably clear journalism, the patient accumulation of devastating facts.
Read the full review.
Well, it’s not the fourth instalment of the trilogy, but we’ve just published a new book by Stieg Larsson. As we all know, before he became a posthumously bestselling crime writer, Larsson worked as a journalist and as editor-in-chief of the anti-fascist magazine. The Expo Files is a collection of his journalism and essays, which can now be seen almost as a proving ground for the ideas that underpin his genre-defining novels.
England’s resident Nordic crime expert Barry Forshaw has already been on the case in The Independent: “Courtesy of the writer’s British publisher, we are given several fascinating insights into Larsson’s non-fiction writings; they may not settle such arguments, but give the reader his authentic voice as a journalist”.
If you’d liked to see for yourself, click the image below to find a flip-book extract that takes in the introduction to volume by Tariq Ali and one of Larsson’s articles, a survival kit for intrepid journalists . . .
Yellow Bird’s Millennium series based on Stieg Larsson’s best-selling trilogy won the International Emmy Award for Best TV Movie-Mini-series. The award was given on Monday at the International Emmy’s in New York.
The last time Sweden won the prestigious international recognition was in 1998 with Lars Molin’s The Tattooed Widow.
The acting duo Noomi Rapace and Michael Persbrandt playing the leads in the 6X90′Millennium films and TV series were Emmy nominated for Best Actress and Best Actor but lost respectively to UK actress Julie Walters (MO) and actor Christoffer Eccleston (Accused). The series directed by Niels Arden Oplev (pictued left with Yellow Bird producer Søren Stærmose right accepting the award) and Daniel Alfredson was produced by Yellow Bird in co-production with SVT, Nordisk Film, and ZDF Enterprises.
Read the full story on the Norsk Film and TV Fond website
Seven years ago today the author of the Millennium trilogy, Stieg Larsson, died at the age of fifty after suffering a heart attack at his offices in Stockholm.
Since then his exceptional books have become some of the most successful of recent times and their adaptation into cinema has further increased his already worldwide audience.
In rememberance of his life and work: as a campaigner against racial prejudice and a champion of women’s rights; as well as his works of fiction; we have here one of the emails exchanged between Stieg Larsson and one of his editors at his Swedish publisher Norstedts, Eva Gedin, currently only available in Afterword, the fourth volume in the exclusive Millennium Trilogy Boxset:
Thursday 28.10.04 23.39
From Stieg Larsson
Great that you liked number three. It was a bit easier to write than the first two. Please tell Lasse Bergstrom that he is obviously an intelligent and sensible person of impeccable taste, and that flattery will get him everywhere.
Hmm. I cannot be sure, but I have the impression that you Norstedts people are seriously enthusiastic about my books. O.K., I know they are not bad, and of course I am delighted to read such flattering judgements: but I hope that you are not, for whatever reason, holding back negative comments. I am perfectly capable of coping with criticism.
It is most satisfying to see that Lasse noticed that I changed the genre from one novel to the next: he cottoned on exactly to what I was trying to do.
I have no doubt that the introduction needs adjusting. So, Madame Editor, let’s hear what lies behind your “but”.
Back through the mists of time in January 2008, when the credit crunch was but a twinkle in a banker’s eye, the first MacLehose Press titles were released into British bookshops.
And it would certainly be fair to say it all began with a bang, because one of the first three books, in its iconic red-dragon jacket, was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by the late Stieg Larsson.
Two years later on, and Lisbeth Salander has taken over the world.
This month, MacLehose Press are delighted to announce the publication of the Millennium Trilogy boxset edition. Three stunning cloth-bound volumes, with a revamped text (which incorporates the amendments that readers from all over the world have helped us to gather), maps of Sweden, Stockholm and its surroundings, and Stieg Larsson’s own drawing of Hedeby Island. Also included is a poster of a number of Larsson covers from our publishing counterparts around the world.
Three volumes? Well, no. There’s more. Exclusive to the Boxset, is the Millennium Trilogy Afterword, a slim-but-vital volume comprising four essays and the exchange of e-mails between Stieg Larsson and his Swedish editor, which provide fascinating insights into Larsson’s life and work.
Jonas Sundberg, one of the founders, with Larsson, of Expo Magazine, writes about their time together as crusading anti-extremists. Eva Gedin, his editor at Swedish publisher Norstedts, reveals what it was like to work with Larsson the crime writer, at once disarmingly modest but quietly confident that his trilogy would make a splash. John-Henri Holmberg examines the trilogy against the wider context of Swedish literature and crime writing, and Svante Weyler, formerly publishing director of Norstedts, takes a step back to consider its impact on Sweden’s international standing.
But most intriguing of all is the e-mail exchange between Larsson and his editors at Norstedts, revealing first-hand to readers the warmth and good humour with which he conducted himself.
So there you have it: the Millennium Trilogy Boxset. It looks fantastic, it’s feature-packed, it’s out now, and it’s so popular we’ve already had to reprint! A must for Larsson fanatics, and the perfect Christmas gift. In all good bookshops now…