- json version
- email this article
- view hidden posts
- tags and related articles
by Anon Y. Mous
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Hollywood's 'The girl with the dragon tattoo' had its US opening December 20th. But Stieg Larsson was an investigative journalist with a degree of vision and social conscience few have, his novels portraying real-life aspects of 'the dark side of Sweden'.
alby_sweden0001_..._photo_by_sickinsweden__mark_lewis.jpg, image/jpeg, 333x500
Stieg Larsson's 'Dragon Tattoo' ... some disturbing truth about Sweden
by Anon Y. Mous
Copyright December 2011
Reprints with attribution welcomed,
but no derivative works
Photo Credit: SickInSweden,
Dateline Sweden - David Fincher's Hollywood version of Larsson's thriller opened in the US December 20th, discussion of how it casts the darkest shadows over this Nordic nation dominating much of the film's press. But some aspects of the Swedish reality are perhaps even darker than Fincher's fiction.
One of the many pieces appearing about the film was in OpEd News, "Sweden and its dark side, Stieg Larsson, and Hollywood's 'The girl with the dragon tattoo'", but this piece addresses the many unsettling parallels that have occurred between actual Swedish news reports and Hollywood's film. In example, one segment reads:
"Dragon tattoo's heroine, Lisbeth Salander, is brutally bound and raped at one point by the man placed as legal guardian over her, Larsson providing comment upon the disturbing reality here of those that have been found to use their official position to ruthlessly prey upon the vulnerable. In example, about a year ago the former police chief of Uppsala County, a major city area in Central Sweden, was sentenced to six years imprisonment for a string of serious sex crimes.
According to an English language article in Sweden's The Local, 'Ex-police chief given lighter sentence', the court found the former chief guilty of 'aggravated rape, rape, assault, pimping, buying sex and attempting to buy sex.' The article noted that the crimes included the rape of a seventeen year old girl, with the court determining that the 'girl spent much of the rape tied up', paralleling Salander's being bound and raped."
The above excerpt doesn't seem to fit with a country famed for its propriety and level of gender equality, but that's what Stieg Larsson wrote about - the differnce between what seems 'proper and noble' while in fact is anything but. And, the Oped News article provides further examples, including those of the country's "Nazi heritage".
On just December 9th, the same day as the Nobel prizes were awarded, neo-Nazis with black shirts and khaki pants marched through Stockholm, parading by the Jewish Community's headquarters in protest of a perceived 'Jewish conspiracy'. But before his death, Larsson had predicted that a party with neo-Nazi roots, the Sweden Democrats, would be elected to parliament in 2010, and he was right.
In real ife, as an investigative journalist specializing in the 'far-right', Larsson had expressed concerns over the future of women, immigrants, and Jews in Sweden, fearing a return to the abuses that had once been common in this country.
Over the last five years, I've personally witnessed levels of xenophobia here that I had never thought possible, but recently I came to realize that the dark spectre of both xenophobia and structural discrimination had long afflicted Sweden. Like a shark lurking beneath the waves, it blatantly surfaces only for periods, then disappears.
Sweden founded the world's first race 'racial biology' institute in 1922, an institute associated with the forced sterilization of 63,000 in a program only ending in the mid-1970s.
As unsettling as the above facts are, what the OpEd News article described as "the banality of evil" Larsson depicts afflicting elements of Sweden's bureaucracy is perhaps worse, the examples of actual events provided by the piece making the point, as does a link to a 2005 Swedish government study on "structural discrimination". The article's author, Ritt Goldstein, notes that ongoing events have placed his own life in danger, describing his circumstances as "nightmarish".
On the positive side, both the article and the government report on structural discrimination suggest Swedish 'denial' is what has allowed such problems to take root and flourish, Goldstein specifically citing the "many good, decent, and fine Swedes that I've met, and some of these are indeed among the finest people I've ever encountered". The article ends by quoting 18th century Irish statesman Edmund Burke, in that "all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing".
Stieg Larsson was considerably more than just a novelist, and David Fincher's 'The girl with the dragon tattoo' is a 'must see', on many levels.
Report this post as:
Labor Laws Learned by Studying OUR Walmart #2
Labor Laws Learned by Studying OUR Walmart #1
Local Black Friday Protests at Walmart
TPP Protesters Greet President Obama in Beverly Hills — in Pictures
Trans Pacific Partnership Tutorial
Elevated Rates of Thyroid Disease in California Newborn Linked to Fukushima Fallout
"Valentino's Ghost" screening in Orange Country today, Nov 15th, 8pm.
My Occupy LA Arrest, by Patrick Meighan
LAPD’s Secret Reporting Getting Public Airing
Retired LAPD Officers Confirm Racism inside LAPD
Ballona Wetlands Again in Jeopardy
All Nighter in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles California
Hamid Kahn: Discusses the LAPD SPYING SCANDAL and the LA Council's next move
Palos Verdes Teen Podcasters Awarded by Transom (Atlantic Public Media)
Save the World Stage
Alberto Pathistan Political prisioner
Columbus and The Legacy of Genocide
Chicken Disease And Boycott Cause KFC Sales To Drop
Protest and March Against Columbus and White Supremacy!
More Local News...
Press Release: 2013 LA Anarchist Bookfair
The Shortwave Report 12/06/13 Listen Globally!
Representatives Doggett and DeLauro Introduce Legislation to End Sequestration and Corpora
EU Fines Financial Institutions $2.3bn Over Manipulation of LIBOR, One of Largest Banking
Hillary's Habitat is Sorry We Revealed "Prince of Wales Farted in The Queens Rose Garden
Citizens United GaveTwitter Unlimited Free $peech & They Censor www Political Speech ?
Unsafe at any speed - Irans nuclear ambitions
Orange Revolution 2.0?
Unindicted US War Criminals v. Iran
Britain's War on Press Freedom
France Lies for Israel
Fact Check on Venezuela's Economy
Fukushima's Deadly Legacy
Philippines: Justice for Ka Norvict!
Winter 2013 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Monthly News Alert!
Millionaire Maker Team Aims To Revitalize Orange County Economy
An Imperfect Peace: Colombia's Civil War Nearing End
Maoist Popularity Wanes in Nepal Election
Israeli Judaization Master Plans
Healthcare.Gov Still Troubled
VIDEO: "Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis" 46 min
Can Warren Buffett & His Elites Tame Exxon~Mobil Environmental Outlook$..
Sécurité de l'Etat
Global Protests Against Bedouin Ethnic Cleansing
Contesting Stolen Honduran Election
VIDEO: "The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration"
Proposed Senate Bill Risks Undermining Geneva
More Breaking News...