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Stieg Larsson 'was an obsessed journalist'

15th December 2010

Swedish author Stieg Larsson was simply a 'science-fiction geek' who became obsessed with an important subject, one journalist has claimed.

Rolling Stone contributor Nathaniel Rich has interviewed some of the people closest to the late author to determine the truth behind his life, which has been the subject of speculation since his crime novels became bestsellers.

The journalist claimed that a 'mythology' of the author has emerged that is 'totally preposterous' in parts, but he added the real Larsson was completely committed to fighting the extreme right wing through his journalism.

'At his core this guy was a science-fiction geek and crime novel junkie who became obsessed with a relatively narrow subject in Sweden - the history and practices of the extreme right wing,' Rich explained.

He also suggested this was Larsson's true passion and argued that he only started to write the Millennium series - which comprises The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest - to fund his investigative magazine Expo.

Earlier this year, Larsson's partner Eva Gabrielsson told the Daily Mirror that the author would not have approved of the amendments made to his novels after his death, especially the decision to change the title of his first work from Men Who Hate Women.
 

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