Behind the Dragon Tattoo

William Shakespeare was actually an author collective comprising imaginative Zimbabwean midgets. OK, that’s a stretch, but there’s plenty of evidence that the Bard wasn’t who we think he was. The same goes for Stieg Larsson, credited with penning the best-selling Swedish Millennium trilogy, which begins with the popular The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. We had our own suspicions that a middle-aged man could have imagined these rape-revenge, feminist fantasies. We don’t care how socially progressive those Scandinavian countries are. As it turns out, his domestic partner, Eva Gabrielsson, might have had a hand in the creation of the series. But Larsson keeled over before the books peaked in popularity, and the heirs to his now-wealthy estate claim he was the sole author.

A new documentary, Millennium: The Story, includes interviews with Larsson’s friends, relatives, and colleagues about his political magazine, his anti-neo-Nazi campaigns, his early death, the fight over his inheritance, and the possibility of a fourth manuscript. Books & Books will screen Millennium for free this Thursday to celebrate the second film adaptation, The Girl Who Played With Fire, which opens in theaters this Saturday.
Thu., July 8, 7 p.m., 2010

 
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