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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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I couldn't leave the first two books. I wish I knew Swedish or German to be able to read the third one now. The movie and 4th book would be ....extremely amazing, can?t wait. It is such a loss that Stieg is not among us all, to continue the saga of Lisbeth! I will miss her character.

- Dafina, Macedonia, 22 May 2009

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I really regret Stieg Larson's death because he is a very good writer and and his style, in my opinion, cannot be compared to anybody: I read many thriller books (by DanBrown, John Grishman, Ken Follet..) but I have mostly admired his writing. He was really great!! I hope all his books will become movies and I am eager to see the first one..waiting for the next ones...His political and social engagement is evident and deserves really my deep esteem and admiration!! And his favour to female characters!! In one word: his writing is wonderful!! Hello and my compliments to his present family and relatives!Hope to have some news about his fourth book and that any dispute regarding his heredity will be solved because he would have been certainly more happy in this case!!

- Marina Zavi Italy, 22 May 2009, 22 May 2009

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Just finnish all 3 books and they are absolute amazing!

Makes me sad that its over, but i hope they will finish the half written book 4.

- T.K Norway, 20 May 2009

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Just finished the book. It is one of the best (If not the best) written crime novel I´ve read. Both of the main characters, grabed your attention and it´s impossible not to like them and want to keep following their lives stories.

I agree with Mitzy, it´s shocking that his partner doesn´t get the money from the book. Shows clearly the unfairness of the swedish laws. (I am guessing they had a common law marriage).

Anyway, I think everyone should read this one. It´s complicated, thrilling, beatiful, ugly and not possible to put it down once you start reading.

Thank you so much Stieg Larsson

- Vega,Iceland, 19 May 2009

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Stieg Larssons ' way of writing is mesmerizing. He doesn't miss a detail, keeps you reading on and on because of his different storylines. He's absolutely great in his genre. I only am very schocked that his partner in life for more than 30 years doesn't get a penny from it8 Especially when you see what his books are about: against any form of discrimination, womens fragile position in a mans world, a persons struggle against administrators. I hope his brother and father finally really listen to his words and divide the heritage at leastin two.

- Mitzy, Belgium, 17 May 2009

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By far the best modern crime writer - what a tragic loss- all my condolences to his family and friends. Living in England the books give me an insight into Swedish life and attitudes as well as being fantastic stories. I do not think a movie could him justice-it would need a director of real stature-if he was still alive Kubrick would have been ideal.

- Mike Tunnicliffe, 16 May 2009

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i've read two of the three books of the trilogy and i'm waiting eagerly the movie!

- claudia, italia, 15 May 2009

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"Girls With Dragon Tattoo" grabbed me with the first chapter and wouldn't let go till I finished it. A wonderful experience! Perhaps my appreciation was heightened because last summer I visited Norway and Lapland and could visualize some of the background.

- tom wittenberg, athens, georgia, usa, 12 May 2009

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and am eagerly awaitng the arrival of "The Girl who Played with Fire" in my neck of the woods. Lisbeth is such an interesting character that I feel I need to get to know her better.

Many thanks to Daryl for recommending the book!

- Ruth Shemesh, Israel, 12 May 2009

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Love The Girl With Th Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire! Cant wait for the third book in the Trilogy

Great reads - love the surprise twists. Thanks Steig!

- Julie Arentz, 9 May 2009

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