Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy has become an international best seller during the last couple of years.
The thrilling crime novels, which follow journalist Mikael Blomkvist and feisty heroine Lisbeth Salander, focus on violence, often sexual, against women.
So much so that the first book [published in Britain as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo], is called in Swedish Män som hatar kvinnor, or “Men Who Hate Women.”
Larsson frequently depicts shockingly disturbing and graphic incidents of violence against women.
Today, the Daily Telegraph published an article about the women who is said to have inspired Larsson, Catrine Da Costa.
Da Costa, a Swedish prostitute, was brutally murdered and mutilated in 1984 and the case prompted a huge female reaction, with women marching, circulating petitions and appearing on television to campaign against the ill-treatment of women.
Psychologist Lennart Sjöberg, professor at the school of economics at Stockholm University said the case provoked such reaction because:
“They believed that the case was symbolic of powerful men getting away with abusing helpless women.”
Read the full story of Catrine Da Costa here.