Great Heroines in Literature ~ Lizbeth Salander
She’s a gifted, and deeply troubled, researcher and computer hacker from Stieg Larsson’s award-winning Millennium Trilogy. Lizbeth Salander is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
- Salander is a world class computer hacker. Under the name “Wasp”, she becomes a prominent figure in the international hacker community, known as the Hacker Republic.
- She uses her genius computer skills as a means to earn a living, doing investigative work for Milton Security.
- She has an eidetic memory, and is skillful at concealing her identity, possessing passports in different names and physical disguises that she uses to travel undetected around Sweden and worldwide.
- Salander is the survivor of a traumatic childhood. She is highly introverted, asocial and has difficulty connecting to people and making friends.
- She’s has much more of an unconventional appearance then most book heroines. She’s covered in heavy make-up, tattoos, piercings & leather.
- She is particularly hostile to men who abuse women, and takes special pleasure in exposing and punishing them. This is a major theme of the entire trilogy. She enacts brutal and satisfying revenge on a sadistic rapist.
- She has a complicated relationship with investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist, which veers back and forth between romance and hostility throughout the trilogy. She also has an on-again off-again romantic relationship with a beautiful lesbian, Miriam “Mimmi” Wu.
- Other writers have described Lizbeth Salander as a “fiercely unconventional and darkly kooky anti-heroine”, a “superhero”, a “misfit” and “an androgynous asocial”.
These books are complex, high detailed accounts of the investigations of Lizbeth Salander & journalist Mikael Blomkvist. There is plenty of police procedures for readers who enjoy that aspect of mysteries. The most compelling and interesting thing about these books is Lizbeth Salander.
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