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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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While reading Larsson´s books it is like looking behind the courtain of your own present life and you start thinking...

Thank you, Stieg, where ever you are!

- Ann-Marie, 2 June 2009

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second book even better than the first, can't wait for the translation of the third one!

- CSB Australia, 2 June 2009

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Nice books... a bit like Henry Potter saga, where Lisbeth plays the role of the little wizard.

Also this extraordinary success is quite a mistery in my opinion!

- AmM, 31 May 2009

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Traducción:

I have traduced 4 chapitres of the last book from French to Spanish - "La reine dans le palais des courants d'air" - La reina en el palacio de las corrientes de aire.

Someone ist interested about ?

"Alguien quiere tener este avance antes de que se publique en Español ?"

mail to: pintony@hotmail.com

- Gardunya, 31 May 2009

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I just read the second book and I became obscessed with the story. I'll have to wait the third book... Thank's Mr Larsson

- Thais /Brazil May 30, 30 May 2009

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I don`t know what to say... details, action... and Sally. All about Stieg. You read and you cannot do anything. If you have something to do don`t take the Larsson`s books... if you take you will forget about other things.

- greg/Poland, 29 May 2009

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I loved to read the books and i'm sad that the 3rd one is not available in my country yet. I hope it will come out soon, i go to the book shop every two weeks to check if it's available. It's an addictied reading

- Sandra, Portugal, 29 May 2009

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Hi! I'm reading the 2nd book and I'm loving it. I see that the attention is now on lisbeth sandaler, but it wasn't like that on the 1st book, don't you agree?

- Malena, Uruguay., 26 May 2009

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Brilliant writting.... very addictive.... can't wait to get my hands on the 3rd book ..... come out quick!!!

- , 26 May 2009

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i´ve just read the first of the three books but i´m absolutely amazed!!was really fascinating and i couldn´t put it away..tomorrow,i´ll beginn reading the next one and i´m really looking forward to learning more about these incredible ingenious characters,especially lisbeth who is one of the most captivating persons i´ve read about for a long time!

suggest reading this book!

- l, 22 May 2009

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