I was talking a bit about Stieg Larsson and the page turning legacy he’s left for us all in the last post. I’ll finish up here. The wildly successful Millennium trilogy he wrote was published posthumously….Larsson never saw a single word published. He died of a massive heart attack in 2004 at age 50 and left boxes of manuscripts behind that became the trilogy. The books have sold well over 20 millions copies so far and have been published in 41 countries. The really unbelievable part of this whole story is that he wasn’t really a full time writer and worked on his books in the evenings after his day job which was an all consumming style of life for the writer. He had devoted his life to fighting left winged fascism in Sweden with emphasis on neoNaziism and headed up the Expo-Foundation which devoted itself to the fight. His life was under constant threat and he along with 30 year life partner Eva Gabrielson got into the habit of never gong outside together and of even changing mirrors and furniture around in their home to give a constant different look. Some even speculated that he may have been killed by these radical types. Doubtful. At any rate he was well aware of his dangerous life situation and in a letter written to Eve expressed thoughts of his mortality. Here’s excerpts from the letter that was labeled “To Be Opened Only After My Death”…..
Eva, my love,
It’s over. One way or another, everything comes to an end. It’s all over someday. That;’s perhaps one of the most fascinating truths we about the entire universe. The stars die, the galaxies die and planets die. And people die too. Iv’e never been a believer, but the day I became interested in astronomy, I think I put aside all that was left of my fear of death.I’d realized that in comparison to the universe, a human being, a single human being, me…is infinitely small. Well, I’m not writing this letter to deliver a profound religious or philosophical lecture, I’m writing to tell you farewell. I was just talking to you on the phone, I can still ear the sound of your voice, I imagine you before my eyes….a beautiful image, lovely memory I will keep until the end At this very moment, reading this letter you know that I am dead……This is the first time I’ve written to you knowing exactly what I wanted to say: I love you,I love you, I love you, I love you. I want you to know that I love you more than I’ve ever loved anyone. want you to know I mean that seriously. I want you to remember me but not grieve for me. But if I truly mean something to yo, and I know that I do, you will probably suffer when you learn I am dead. But if I really mean something to you, don’t suffer, I don’t want that.Don’t forget me but go one living. Live your life Pain will fade with time, even if that’s hard to imagine right now. Live in peace my dearest love….Straighten up, square your shoulders, hold your head high. Okay? Take care of yourself Eve. Go have a cup of coffee. It’s over. Thank you for the beautiful times we had. You made me very happy. Adieu.
I kiss you goodbye Eva.
From Stieg, with love.
This man will sorely be missed.