6 Degrees of Separation: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

January 7, 2017 | 6 comments


6 Degrees of Separation is a book meme hosted by Kate at Books are My Favorite and Best. The goal is to construct a chain with 6 other books, using any criteria you want, and see where you end up.

For the first chain of 2017, Kate went with my suggestion of using The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. It is one of my all-time favourite books. The one big pet peeve I have with it is the title, or rather the English title. The original Swedish title (Män som hatar kvinnor) is perfect, and I will never stop arguing that the English edition should have used the direct translation ‘Men Who Hate Women’.

Another fairly recent example of a translated title that changed for the worse is Jonas Jonasson’s Analfabeten som kunde räkna (‘The Illiterate Who Could Count’) which became The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden. The title is unfortunately better than the book.

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane is an example of a book where the content was just as good as the title. For the Swedish edition, the title was translated to just Flickan som försvann (‘The Girl Who Disappeared’).

That title always makes me think of Johanna Nilsson’s debut novel Hon går genom tavlan, ut ur bilden. It sadly has not been published in English, but the title would translate to ‘She goes through the frame, out of the painting’. It’s a beautifully written, but emotionally heavy, book about a teenage girl who is bullied in school and how this shapes the rest of her life.

A much more light-hearted book, where the protagonist literally disappears (but of his own will) is The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. I much preferred it over his second novel, the already mentioned The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden. One of the things I liked most about it is that it is one of those books that are funny without trying too hard, and where most of the comedic elements are drawn from everyday events.

A book on my tbr list that I also think will be very funny (and where the comedy is rooted in everyday life) is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I’ve read one of his other books in Swedish, but I was first introduced to him via his blog (which is absolutely hilarious).

Another book I read after following the author’s blog is Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip-Confessions of a Cynical Waiter by Steve Dublanica. I, however, much preferred the blog over the book.

This time, my chain took me from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, via some hits and some misses, to Waiter Rant.

Why don’t you join us and make your own chain? Starting with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, where will you end up? Visit Books Are My Favourite and Best to read the rules and see who else made a chain this month.