Swedish journalist and author, he was the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Expo from 1999. He had previously worked at a major news agency for many years. He was one of the world’s leading experts on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist and Nazi organisations and was consulted at Scotland yard and in Brussels on the way in which fascist networks operated.
He died suddenly and without warning in November 2004, soon after delivering the manuscripts for his three crime novels to a Swedish publisher. These novels make up the Millenium Trilogy. Tragically, Larsson did not to live to see the worldwide phenomenon his work has become.
Jan-Erik Pettersson shows how Stieg’s activism and energetic championing of social justice and women’s rights characterised his life, as well as demonstrating how these concerns animated his huge-selling Millennium Trilogy. He also persuasively establishes Stieg’s place within the explosion of Scandinavian crime with which his novels are so closely associated, showing that in many ways his fiction stands somewhat apart from the work of other authors in this tradition. In Stieg: From Activist to Author he portrays a man willing to put his life at risk in order to fight for the things in which he believed, and an author whose inimitable work was energized by the causes to which he was so strongly committed.
STIEG LARSSON, MY FRIEND
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?