The Themes of the Book “the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

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The novel “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was written by the Swedish author Stieg Larsson. Lamentable as it is but it was published only after the author’s death in 2004. Within some months after the publishing it became the world bestseller. It is noteworthy that initially in Swedish variant it was called “The Men who hated Women”, but as you see the translator from Swedish to English decided to change its title. And I consider it was not in vain. I doubt that the book would have become the world bestseller, if it had been published under such misogynistic title. And all in all is not it the very dramatic title “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”? Actually I encountered this book by accident about one year ago surfing American sites for some books to read. Then there were not those everybody’s fad and bandwagon for this novel as we can see today, in Russia it was not familiar to all the people, but became only after David Fincher had shot the film with the same name. And I still vividly remember that I was just mesmerized exactly by this title and also by the red cover of the book on which a naked woman with a beautiful tattoo on her shoulder blade was depicted. So I hurriedly read all the readers’ reviews, not paying any attention to a pitiful handful of negative ones and decided then that sooner or later I would buy this book without any doubts. Finally, it so happened that I have bought not only one book, but the entire bundle, I mean “The Millennium” trilogy. And now after reading the first book I see that the original Swedish title “The Men who hated Women” is more proper, but nevertheless I like more the English one “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, as it is more enigmatic, it does not disclose a main theme of the novel. Well, actually it means nothing and this tattoo plays no role in the book. One way or another but behind this meaningless title I have met a great heap of problems. And these problems are not made up out of whole cloth, they are really...
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