Under the Skin of the Dragon Tattoo

Swedish novelist Stieg Larsson led a life as fascinating as his fiction, according an extract from The Man Who Left Too Soon by Barry Forshaw published in The Times.

The book reveals Larsson had all too much in common with his fictional journalist-come-detective Mikael Blomkvist with a love of pizza and cigarettes that led to his fatal heart attack. But to Swedish Tourism, it’s all part of the show with their Millennium Tour taking in Larsson’s favourite pizzeria.

Despite their noir crime themes, TLS critic Heather O’Donoghue says that Larsson’s Sweden is “an added pleasure for non-Swedish readers is the setting: it’s all Ikea furniture and democratic socialism”.

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