Here at NovelDestinations.com we tend to focus on literary landmarks associated with classic writers. It’s not that we don’t read and love contemporary literature, but those authors probably don’t want us showing up at their houses asking to have a look around. Although last month we talked about Cara Black’s modern-day mystery series set in Paris, and today we have a walking tour to tell you about that’s associated with a recently published bestseller.
One of my favorite reads of 2009 was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson. The first book in the Millennium trilogy (followed by The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest) is a thriller starring quirky computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Be forewarned: it’s an addictive 600-page read.
For those who would like to see some of the key locales featured in the story and learn about historical and contemporary Stockholm, the City Museum is offering “Millennium Tours.” Stops include the building where Blomkvist lives in an apartment on Sodermalm (one of 14 islands that make up the city) with a vista of City Hall and “a view of the rooftops towards Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s oldest section” [at right]. Tours last about two hours and are given in English on Sundays at 11 a.m. through the end of February and on Saturdays at 11 a.m. from March until May. –Shannon McKenna Schmidt