Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played with Fire
Directed by Henric Georgsson (2018)
This is a fascinating documentary about the late author of the award winning Millenium series. Despite reading all three books and watching both the Swedish and the English versions of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I had no Larsson, an investigative journalist, faced the same threats in real life (from Sweden’s right wing Nazi movement) as his heroine.*
Larsson’s primary occupation was a a graphic designer for TT, a Swedish multimedia news provider. He investigated the Swedish far right in his spare time, founding the Swedish anti-racist magazine Expo. He and other Expo staffers received regular death threats, with one couple nearly dying in a car bombing. He gave all Expo volunteers explicit training in the safe way to open letter bombs.
Larsson died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 2004. His three novels were published posthumously in 2005.
*In 1986, Swedish prime minister Olaf Palme was assassinated by far right extremists
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