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Stieg Larsson

Bestselling writer

A diverse background

Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) was a Swedish writer and journalist.

Prior to his sudden death of a heart attack in November 2004 he finished three detective novels in his trilogy "The Millenium-series" which were published posthumously; "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest". Altogether, his trilogy has sold more than 20 million copies in 41 countries (spring of 2010), and he was the second bestselling author in the world in 2008.

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STIEG LARSSON, 1954-2004

Before his career as a writer, Stieg Larsson was mostly known for his struggle against racism and right-wing extremism. Starting in the late 1970's, he combined his work as a graphic designer with holding lectures on right-wing extremism for Scotland Yard. During the following years he became an expert on the subject and held many lectures as well as writing many novels on the subject. In 1995, when 8 people were killed by neo-Nazis in Sweden, he was the main force behind the founding of the Expo-foundation, a group intended on exposing neo-Nazi activity in Sweden. From 1999 onwards he was appointed chief editor of the magazine Expo.

During the last 15 years of his life, he and his life companion Eva Gabrielsson lived under constant threat from right-wing violence.

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The legacy

Controversy surrounding the legacy

Stieg left no written will, and according to Swedish law, Stieg's full estate was inherited by his father and brother. This sparked a dispute between them and Stieg's life companion Eva Gabrielsson, who was left with nothing. The situation is complicated by the fact that Eva controls the script for the 4th book in the Millennium series.

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Unfinished Manuscript

"I can finish the fourth manuscript"

In the book "Stieg and Moi" that Eva Gabrielsson (Stieg Larsson's life companion) is currently writing together with Marie Francois Colombani, Eva says that she could finish the fourth manuscript that Stieg and she had already started working on.  She also reveals the swedish title of the fourth manuscript, "Guds hämd" (English translation: God's revenge)

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Praised actress in the limelight

Rooney Mara praised as Lisbeth Salander

Ronney Mara has been highly praised for her role as Lisbeth Salander in David Finchers version of "The girl with the dragon tattoo". Mara has in only a few years made it from TV shows like "ER" to become one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses.

 

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Career

A unusual path

There are many ways to become writer, even so, Stieg's path is quite unusual.

He started working at a post office, moving on to a graphic designer job at a news bureau, starting the Expo foundation and working as chief editor. And somewhere in the middle of all this, a great writer steps forward.

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Acknowledged actress

Noomi Rapace

In the original movies based on the Millennium trilogy, Lisbeth Salander is played by Swedish actress Noomi Rapace. Noomi is a well acknowledged actress with fifteen years of experience as an actress.

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Millennium Stockholm Map

Millennium Stockholm Map

Get to know Stieg Larsson's Stockholm

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Life companion

Eva Gabrielsson

In this interview by the Swedish national televsision, Stieg Larsson's life companion Eva Gabrielsson reveals the truth behind the man that was Stieg Larsson. She discusses her claims in the controversy surrounding Stieg's legacy as well as her claims for a part of the royalty.

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Hollywood movies

Remake by David Fincher

Columbia Pictures has bought the rights to make a Hollywood version of the Millenium films. Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara have been apointed to play Michael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander. Signed on to the project is also the writer Steve Zaillian (Se7en) and director David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7ven).

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Personal background

A life under constant threat

During the last 15 years of his life, he and his life companion Eva Gabrielsson lived under constant threat from right-wing violence. He regarded his writing of detective novels as relaxing. Keeping track of loose ends, characters and made up conspiracies posedno problem since it was, after all, fiction.

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The trilogy

Millennium trilogy

Stieg Larsson had always been interested in detective novels, and he was very familiar the works of Elizabeth George and Minette Walters. He knew what ingredients a good detective story should have, and he even reluctantly decided to spice it up with a bit of sex as it would probably please his readers.

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Discussion

Discussion boards

Stieglarsson.com features a huge forum filled with ongoing discussions on our beloved writer.

Is your prime interest the movies being made? Or are you a huge fan of Lisbeth Salander?

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Recently read that Stieg Larsson was a fan of Harlan Ellison and did an interview with Ellison for TT.

Does anybody have a link to that interview? It would be fascinating to read...

- T - Pasadena, CA, 19 May 2011

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Can you tell me when the book "The girl that kicked the hornets nest" will be released in paperback? I have the other 2 in paperback and would like to have this one in paperback if I could. Thank you very much.

- Gail Bays, 19 May 2011

It's been out for a while Gail.

- Jeremy, 19 May 2011

What I believe she is referring to is NOT the large print edition.

- Carli, 20 May 2011

You can buy it from Angus and Robertson

- Boompsii, 1 June 2011

It's not released in the vintage black lizard format yet. Random House says they plan two releases but didn't say when.

- Cindy, 16 June 2011

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watched all three movies. I thought that these movies great. really enjoyed them. i was in the library and picked up a novel to read. got home and saw it was the girl with the dragon tattoo. wow. the book saId that the author had passed away. my condolences. i had seen the the movie the gril with the dragon tatto on the shelf but didn't pickup it up. today i went to see about checking it out and it had been placed on hold ten times.

- terrence walston, 10 May 2011

All of the movies are on netflix instant watch if you wanted to get them sooner, But i have to say the books are much better than the movies! (not that the movies are bad but the books are great!)

- W.R., 11 May 2011

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Just finnished the third book .came on net to see if there were any follow ups and was upset to find out the writer had passed away a great loss to all including us readers

- Ronald Spencer QLD Australia, 8 May 2011

Great loss to his partner, too.

- Leif Skogfors, 15 May 2011

Yes, it's very sad. A very talented man, and true to his cause.

- Jeremy, 19 May 2011

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The trilogy is very compelling to read from the beginning of the first book to the end of the last book, the narrative is neat and polished, the dramatic tension never lets it go, and the character develpment is great in the cases of the main stars Lisbeth Salander and Peter Bllomkvist, in every book however I see some shortcomings like movie action scenes difficult to believe and references to the same issues over and over again. It is advisable to read them in the proper order so as to get a better perspective since in each volume there are references to events described in those volumes preceding them.

- Manuel Gwiazda, Argentina, 30 April 2011

*Mikael Blomkvist

- Boompsii, 1 June 2011

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What? Hollywood always sucks? Its David Fincher, one of the best directors out there! And I hate to break it to you people, but they aren't remaking the movies, its an American adaptation of the books. Different than a remake. But if they suck, well, at least we have the books and other films. If they are good, then hey! its more that we get to enjoy.

- KG Benson, 20 April 2011

This is exactly why foreign books SUCK when translated to American film. I read all three books and would have loved to see an Americanized version (one that was FAR closer to the original book than what was put out there than the crap I just saw. I LOVED this trilogy, but this movie was so bad that I will not watch the other two

- Mamaroni, 24 April 2011

I think you should buy the TV-versions, and not those for the movie.

They're MUCH better! And longer.

DrL

- DL swe, 17 May 2011

David Fincher! - a heavy name, I'm very much looking forward to his adaptions.

;D

- DL swe, 17 May 2011

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hollywood always sucks

I went into withdrawal when I read the last sentence of the 3rd book. It was immmediate !

- john chapdelaine , stafford,ct, 11 April 2011

YOU SUCK, CLOSED MINDED PRICK

- , 4 May 2011

Not cool

- angryman, 23 May 2011

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I have read all three books Absolutely Fantastic gripping stories, I have only seen the first film cant wait to see the other two

- audrey Spain, 2 April 2011

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I watched all three of the movies (TGWTDT, TGWPWF, and TGWKTHN) and i loved them!! i now want to read the books.

p.s. i have a feeling that the hollywood version is going to suck just as all of their remade versions of foreign films....don't they have any good, unique ideas of their own?

- rogue_jedi, 31 Mars 2011

whens the hollywood version coming out? is it all ready out? sorry i just started reading these books.

- austin l., 11 May 2011

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The girl with the dragon tatoo

Iam not very academic,and i dont read fiction.but a friend who lives abroad left the book here,and i had nothing to read so i picked it up.iam not a fast reader and i have been reading it at bedtime for a week,But today it was raining so i couldnt work.So i got up and read the book constant for six hours and finished it,FANTASTIC.wat a great book and a lovelly day.i cant wait to read the next two.

i just thought i would share that with other people who liked the book as much as me.

i think a trip to sweeden might be on the cards!

- vinny, 31 Mars 2011

The secon d book is even better.I read it in 2 nite shifts.I bought the 3rd one yesterday.Cant wait to c the movies because i couldnt put the book down.

- Barbara Parks Dublin Ireland, 15 April 2011

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