In perhaps the biggest, out-of-the-blue publishing phenomenon since Harry Potter, the best of the Girl novels brings the posthumous publication of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy to a close. With published rumors continuing to persist concerning a fourth or even a fifth volume, the forthcoming American movies of the series (following the well-received Swedish ones) should introduce an even broader audience to the intrepid, techno-savvy, cutting-edge Lisbeth Salander and crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, her one true friend and occasional lover. In the mean time, the three novels have been republished in a deluxe slip-case edition, along with On Stieg Larsson, a previously unpublished collection of essays about and correspondence with the author. “In 2007, we won an auction for the U.S. rights to publish all three novels,” says Knopf editor-in-chief Sonny Mehta. “At the time it was a good sum. In retrospect, it seems extremely modest. His character Lisbeth Salander is an absolutely original creation. She is extraordinary, a heroine for our time. Since May, we have gone back to press 18 times on The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, and we now have more than 1.8 million hardcover copies in print.”
Three more novels by Swedes to try:
1. The Shadow Woman by Ake Edwardson
2. Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End by Leif GW Persson
3. The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell
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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Stieg Larsson; translated by Reg Keeland
Knopf / May / 9780307269997 / $27.95
This book was featured in the Kirkus Best of 2010