Sweden’s Spunky Bruisers

If you gulped down all three works of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy — The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest — and you’re thirsty for more of the Nordic noir, check out Pippi Longstocking at the Miracle Theatre. According to his colleagues and publisher, Larsson created his dragon-tattooed protagonist, Lisbeth Salander, after wondering what Pippi would be like as an adult.

Just like the Swedish children’s book character, Salander is a loner whose physical strength is often underestimated. Pippi is able to lift horses with one hand, and Salander lifts policeman by their belt loops. And both have a passionate sense of justice — Pippi taking down pompous adults, and Salander attacking men who are violent with women. While there are plenty of clues of this connection throughout all three books, most readers don’t know that Salander’s fictional address is just down the street from the actual home of Pippi Longstocking author Astrid Lindgren. Coincidence? We think not.
Sat., Aug. 7, 2 p.m., 2010


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