I've just finished The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
, and I think things remain to be said about Stieg Larsson's much-discussed first novel. I won't say them now, though, except to note that the last few pages contain two of the most endearingly self-deprecating bits of self-reference in all of crime fiction — unless one regards the bits as self-justification, grimly ironic or not self-referential at all.
I won't give away much if I reveal that the references concern a book written by protagonist Mikael Blomkvist.(Stieg Larsson's English translator, Steven T. Murray [a.k.a. Reg Keeland], will be a member of my panel on crime fiction and translation at Bouchercon 2009.)© Peter Rozovsky 2009
Labels: self-reference, Stieg Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo