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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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The 4th Book

"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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Dragon Tatoo was the best suspense novel I have ever read...and I have read hundreds. I was so stunned to learn that Larsson is gone. Does anyone know if any of his other works were translated into English?

- Laurie B, California, 1 April 2009

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Just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a few minutes ago. A great read! Best book I have read in years. The characters are engrossing; the sequence of events weaves in and out of several levels, all of which are very entertaining. I will now try to find The Girl Who Played with Fire.

- R.St.George, 31 Mars 2009

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Just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a few minutes ago. A great read! Best book I have read in years. The characters are engrossing; the sequence of events weaves in and out of several levels, all of which are very entertaining. I will now try to find The Girl Who Played with Fire.

- R.St.George, 31 Mars 2009

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As a die-hard and dedicated Michael Connelly-fanm I have fallen in love with his character Harry Bosch over the years. Never thought any writer nor character could do the same to me. Until I met Lisbeth and Michael "Kalle" Blomkvist! I read the first book within 24 hours. Absolutely fabulous. Magnifique! What a shame Stieg Larsson is no longer able to entertain me with new books in the years to come. What a writer, knowledgable and never arrogant he paints the portrait of his characters so well, that I feel I know them all.

Thank you Stieg.

Inge Toonen - San Diego/Eindhoven

- Inge Toonen, 27 Mars 2009

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Absolutely brilliant - I've just finished book 1 in 24 hours and could not put it down. Stieg's writing was like a technicolour movie in my head. The best book I've read in years.

- Helen, Australia, 26 Mars 2009

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Great books. I am curious about the film they made from the first book.

- rene, 25 Mars 2009

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I just finished the first book. I hope i can find he second and third in Argentina, otherwise i should ask someone who travels to get them for me.

- , 24 Mars 2009

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First, sorry about my awful English. Second, I'm sorry that the stupidest comment on this site comes from my country - Corina, try to think, you'll feel much better after! Third, I really read policiers - I mean it's a passion - and the Millenium trilogy is absolutely exceptional. Of course, is difficult to say that is the best, but if we put the conflict in his real social place, an if we analyze the fresque of characters and places, and the originality of conflicts, I think we can apreciate this 3 books as a future pattern of the european theriller. Fourth - very important I think: we now can see a @fight for justice@ in a non-english and non-american world, and thet makes me feel very, very well.

- Alexandru, Bucharest, Romania, 24 Mars 2009

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Well, I'm a little amused about some of the comments e.g. the person from Hungary worried about the Swedish women:) Stieg L. was a great guy who defended the weak in society. And of course, relatively speaking there are more women victims to domestic violence that men. But the situation of women in Sweden is thousand times better than let's say Austria or any other non - Scandinavian country. It is a Swedish way to exaggerate and anticipate the evil. That explains the fcition of St. Larsson.

- Stockholm_Cicero, 23 Mars 2009

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Hm, sitting here in english class, and my teacher just came to tell me that I really have to read this books, so I guess.. My english teachers never wrong..

- Maarten, 23 Mars 2009

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