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Saturday, January 23, 2010

It sounds very... familiar to me, or how I started to love Stieg Larsson's books

She looked as though she had just emerged from a week-long orgy with a gang of hard rockers. [...]
She was twenty-four, but she sometimes looked fourteen. [...]
Sometimes she wore black lipstick, and in spite of the tattoos and the pierced nose and eyebrows she was... well... attractive. It was inexplicable.
Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland, p.35

Some friends of mine suggested me to read Stieg Larsson's books. I have hesitated for a while, because I usually don't like to read bestsellers. They are sometimes like istant junk food: after three days they are already so passé.

But then someone told me that I would love Lisbeth for sure, because we are somehow similar. She is very little, iper-tattoed, pierced and has small hands. She looks younger. She is "dark". And so am I, and I was even more like that, when I was twenty-four.

And so I read a couple of bestsellers, after all. And this time it was the right decision. I am just in love with the books and above all I find Lisbeth Salander just spectacular.

[Swedish actress Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander 
in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009, Män som hatar kvinnor
by Niels Arden Oplev]

Update:
As a small bonus, I suggest you to read Pippi Longstocking, With Dragon Tattoo, a very interesting article, written by Pat Ryan and published on the "New York Times" on May 2010, that makes a comparison between Lisbeth Salander and Pippi Longstocking and suggests that Lisbeth is a kind of grownup Pippi.

The similarities between the two gals are really a lot, and well explained in the piece, but the author just forgot one. A very specific one, in my opinion.
Lisbeth is actually a red-headed woman. Just like Pippi:

She was a natural redhead, but she dyed her hair raven black.
Stieg Larsoon, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland, p.35

[Inger Nilsson as Pippi Longstocking ]

Did you read the books? What do you think?

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Sembrava sempre che si fosse appena svegliata dopo un'orgia durata una settimana in compagnia di un gruppo hard rock. [...]
Aveva ventiquattro anni ma pareva una quattordicenne. [...]
Sotto il trucco - certe volte si metteva perfino un ripugnante rossetto nero - e i tatuaggi e il naso e le sopracciglia col piercing, era... mm... attraente. In un modo affatto incomprensibile.
Stieg Larsson, Uomini che odiano le donne
tradotto da Carmen Giorgetti Cima, p.50

Diversi amici mi avevano consigliato di leggere i libri di Stieg Larsson. Ho nicchiato un po', perché di solito non mi piace leggere bestseller. Trovo che i bestseller siano a volte come il junk food istantaneo: dopo tre giorni sono già fuori moda.

Ma poi qualcuno mi ha detto che avrei di sicuro adorato Lisbeth, perché siamo in qualche modo simili. Lei è piccola di statura, ipertatuata, ha piercings e mani piccole. Sembra più giovane di quanto non sia. È "dark". E sono così anche io, e loro ero persino di più quando avevo ventiquattro anni.

Così eccomi qui a leggere un paio di bestseller, dopo tutto. E stavolta si è trattato della decisione giusta. Sono semplicemente innamorata dei libri e più di tutto trovo Lisbeth Salander semplicemente spettacolare.

Update:
Come piccolo bonus per questo post, vi consiglio di leggere Pippi Longstocking, With Dragon Tattoo, un articolo in inglese davvero interessante, scritto da Pat Ryan e pubblicato sul "New York Times" nel maggio 2010, che mette Lisbeth Salander e Pippi Calzelunghe a confronto, suggerendo come Lisbeth altri non sia che una sorta di Pippi un po' cresciuta.

Le somiglianze tra le due signorine sono decisamente un sacco, e vengono spiegate in modo accurato nell'articolo, ma l'autore ne ha dimenticata una. Una molto specifica, a mio parere.
Lisbeth è in realtà una rossa naturale. Proprio come Pippi:

Per natura aveva i capelli rossi, ma li tingeva di un nero corvino.
Stieg Larsson, Uomini che odiano le donne
tradotto da Carmen Giorgetti Cima, p.50

E voi? Avete già letto i libri? Che ne pensate?

Tags: Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Lisbeth Salander, Literature, Sweden, Tattoo, Quotes, Pippi Longstocking, Uomini che odiano le donne, Letteratura, Svezia, Tatuaggi, Citazioni, Pippi Calzelunghe

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