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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

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

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one of the best books i have ever read..............i feel so sad we will never get a follow up series!

- notorious niki, 15 April 2009

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Ich habe vor wenigen Tagen das Buch "Verdammnis" ausgelesen.

Bis zur letzten Silbe hatte ich ein unglaublich spannendes Buch vor mir. Die Handlungen sind durchweg realistisch gemacht. Einfach nur grandios!!! Teilweise musste ich den Atem vor lauter Spannung anhalten!

Und weil ich so begeistert von diesem Buch war, habe ich mir direkt die anderen beiden Bücher "Verblendung und Vergebung" gekauft!

Ich bin von Stieg Larsson mehr als begeistert! Ein begnadeter Krimi-Schriftsteller, der seinen Erfolg leider nicht mehr erleben durfte. R.I.P.

Bielefeld (Deutschland),

- Gesine Landwehr, 15 April 2009

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So many novels in this genre disappoint because they rely on plot and action to make up for poor writing, but not The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Brilliantly plotted and beautifully written, with a real feeling for place and character, it was one of those rare novels that live with you for a long time after reading.

Larsson makes his political and social points subtlely too, where so many other authors get on the soapbox.

And to think I picked it up in a bookshop on impulse...what a miss it would have been if I'd passed it by.

- Banksy, Yorkshire, 14 April 2009

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Truly amazing books, the best I have ever read! Lisbeth is now my rolemodel in so many ways! It is so rare to find books that captivate me like this, and then I find a trilogy of books! I am deeply saddened that Stieg Larsson did not get to experience the amazing response on his books, and I am sorry that there are disagreements between the heirs. I am sure he would not have wanted that.

- Elin, Oslo/Dubai, 14 April 2009

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I have just finished reading the girl with the dragon tattoo and i just couldn't put it down - It's the best book i've read in years. I did no office or house work and just about cooked dinner before my husband came home !!

- Marion McCarthy, 14 April 2009

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I dont like crime novels, but i LOVED The girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I finished the book some days ago, but have lived with Salander in my mind eversince. Shame that Larsson is not around anymore...

- Suela, Albania, 14 April 2009

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I read the first two books in no time at all, though I tried to make the last pages last a bit longer! I couldn't stand to leave Kalle and Lisbeth, knowing the third book is so long ahead!

I've always been an avid reader, but the Larsson experience is something new. As a middle-aged working mother and wife, apparently I'm not supposed to plunge into a book and become oblivious of my surroundings, that's for teens! But my family knows better!

- Graciela, Rosario, Argentina, 14 April 2009

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A man I did not, and never would have had, the pleasure to meet. I hope however that in life he was as richly appreciated as I now appreciate his work in death. A great loss.

- Adrian, 13 April 2009

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I´ve just finished The Girl who played with fire, and I have to say that if I liked the first one a lot, this second one is just Great! I can´t wait for the third, but I think till November or so it won´t be in Spain. The plot is superb and the character of Lisbeth Salander fascinating. Thanks Stieg!

- B. Cadavid,Santiago, Spain, 13 April 2009

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Ill begin with apologizing for my poor english.

I'm only a 18 year old swede, but I've inherited an avid passion for crime novels from my mother.

Reading these three books has been a great experience for several reasons. Primarily because of how superb the books were but also because of the environment in which the plot takes place.

I was born at Södermalm, Stockholm and have lived there ever since, so reading about all the places they visited was very fun.

But the thing that caught me off-guard was the fact how the first book begins, with Blomkvist sailing through the Guest harbor (?) of Arholma, and later *SPOILER* when it's revealed that he owns a small shed in Sandhamn. I work att ferrys trafficking the Stockholm archipelago during summers, I visit Arholma almost everyday during summer and has walked past his shed several times so it was entertaining and surprising to read about in his books :)

So if you ever travel to Stockholm remember to go down to the quay and I'll take you to places described in the books, you don't want to miss the Stockholm archipelago!

- Nils Erik Rönn, Stockholm, 9 April 2009

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