Larsson’s Spanish Lovers

While Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Played with Fire is now #1 on the USA Today bestseller list (as we reported earlier), it’s worth noting that the U.S. is not the only place the Swedish author is popular. The second volume in Larsson’s Millennium trilogy (after The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is also blowing out in Spain, where our former colleague Adriana Lopez reports for Publishing Perspectives that she’s spotted the book everywhere from remote beaches to the cities to the airport, and that the trilogy has sold an eye-popping 3.4 million copies in Spanish, with another 300,000 in Catalan.

This could be interesting news for Spanish language readers in the U.S. – except that almost no libraries own the available Spanish import editions, according to WorldCat.

Grupo Editorial Planeta’s Ediciones Destino has published hardcover and paperback editions of the first book in the series, Los hombres que no amaban a las mujeres, translated by Martin Lexell and Juan José Ortega Román (which returns the original Swedish title, Men Who Hate Women)Yet World Cat says that only one U.S. public library owns it.

Los Hombres Que No Amaban a las Mjures
LARSSON STIEG
Retail Price:  
Hardcover: 640 pages
Publisher: DESTINO – (2009)
ISBN / EAN: 950732111X / 978-9507321115

The second book, La chica que soñaba con una cerilla y un bidón de gasolina (The Girl Who Dreamed about a Match and a Can of Gasoline) is also available from Ediciones Destino, but no U.S. libraries own it, according to World Cat.

As we mentioned before, the critical consensus leans toward the second book as better than the first, though many say that you need to read the first book to fully appreciate the second.

La chica que soñaba con una cerilla y un bidón de gasolina (Spanish Edition) 
LARSSON STIEG
Retail Price:  
Paperback: 736 pages
Publisher: DESTINO – (2009)
ISBN / EAN: 950732111X / 9789507321115

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