The Girl in the Spider’s Web
Happily, great literary characters never die. Stieg Larsson dies before his great Swedish noir trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest, was even published. But, like Sherlock Holmes, the brilliant Goth hacker Lisbeth Salander and the muckraking journalist Mikael Blomkvist, her loyal friend, have been revived by author David Lagercrantz in his The Girl in the Spider’s Web, and, by most pre-publication reviews, have survived the change of authors intact. So…it’s time to re-visit their Stockholm haunts.
First, of course, Blomkvist’s Millennium, the magazine he publishes at offices on Gotgatan, the main street of the island neighborhood of Sodermalm:
Down Gotgatan on the right is the Tunnelbanna (metro) station at Slussen with the towers of the Grona Lund amusement park visible across the water:
Up Gotgatan on the left is the Seven Eleven, where Salander buys her Billy’s Pan Pizza:
Blomqvist hangs out at the sunny Mellqvist Kaffebar, which is in many scenes within the book, memorably when Salander asks him for money:
Blomkvist and Erika Berger eat much better at Samir’s Tavern (actual name Tabbouli, which really does have delicious Middle Eastern food):
Blomkvist lives nearby in a penthouse flat here with a steel bridge and a lift (elevator) at the end of the street. You can see why it would be so difficult to conduct surveillance here:
Salander, after she comes into her fortune, lives in the small, swank neighborhood of Mosebacke and passes through this lovely archway on her way to nearly any destination:
Finally, any of the characters taking the metro to the Kungsholmen police headquarters would pass through this remarkable Tunnelbana station, carved from the had rock upon which Stockholm uneasily rests:
The Girl in the Spider’s Web is available from the first of September. Reserve your copy now and visit remarkable Stockholm in your imagination.
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