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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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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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I just finished the third book of the Millenium series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets nest and I must tell you that this is one of the best series that I've ever read! A Friend gave me The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for Christmas and I read it immediately and then requested that she loan me the next two novels that I again read immediately. They are page turners and I had to stop myself from reading them during the day (taking me away from my work time, lol). Anyway, I was sad at the end of the Hornets Nest knowing that Stiedg is no longer with us to continue his wonderful series and am going to miss the characters greatly.

- E. Vink Canada, 30 Mars 2011

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utterly fantastic i must say.absolutely outstanding.goodness it was awesome. i enjoyed that book to the max. oh shoot i didn't say what book. it was the girl with the dragon tattoo. this was my first time reading a steig larsson novel and by Jove I'm hooked. it was such a satisfying read that when i was done i felt like I'd just woken up from some sort of wonderful dreamlike sleep.it was just wonderful. looking forward to reading more of his books.

- nyxie, 29 Mars 2011

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Just finished the trilogy and don't know what to read now! Found them all captivating and spent many long hours reading as unable to put the books down. SL was a truly gifted author and it's a tragedy that he is no longer with us. So far the movie versions have not done the books justice in my opinion. Hope that the remakes are better.

- Sandpiper, 28 Mars 2011

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all three are absolutely brilliant. I have not been able to put them down. I am devastated that there will be no more but relieved, on reading the info in this website, that there may be a fourth if his partner is able to pull it off. Good luck to her in her struggle with the family.

- alexandria, 26 Mars 2011

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I read all 3 books,they keep me turning page after page without wanting to put the book down, with everyone, now I have passed them around, and everyone that has read it loves them, including myself, I do hope the 4th book gets published, and all works out, also staying true to the characters, great book, sadly i hope that all goes well with his life partner, and manages to have some income with the royalities of the book too. Shame on his family for not being more caring, especially if she had a hand in the other 3 novels.

- trudy yoder, 19 Mars 2011

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Just seen TGWKTHN and now reading a there will be Hollywood remake. Will take a pass on that one. the H'wood version will sink to long drawn out scenes of every brutality and sexual horror imaginable, thinking that makes a good movie. even with sub-tittles enjoyed the original.

- old movieguy, 16 Mars 2011

Hello? The Hollywood movie will clean up the sex scenes, to avoid a NC-17 or X rating.

- Bob, 25 Mars 2011

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just finished TGWTDT...found it started a little slow...but, in retrospect it gave you a good foundation for the remainder of the book....LOVED the stories of both Lisbeth & Mikael...have just purchsed TGWPWF and plan to enjoy it as well. So sorry there are currently only 3 books to read. I like his writing style

- Candy Gauthier, 15 Mars 2011

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I love the Millenium's books.

It is a pity that the author died so young.

- Lourdes Duarte, 14 Mars 2011

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Tried to read "The Girl Who Played with Fire", it is a piece of literary garbage. Not even going to take this trash to the used book store. It will go out with the normal trash.

- Al, 12 Mars 2011

You are an idiot.

- Danny, 25 Mars 2011

fool

- Stef, 26 Mars 2011

then why bother coming to this web site? tosser

- , 27 Mars 2011

What type of books are you used to reading that you found this brilliant book unreadable? I am at a loss.

- Phyllis, 29 Mars 2011

As with sex, You just can't try it, You have to do it to find out

- , 5 April 2011

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