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

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After reading the first two in the Millennium series I can't wait for the third to come out later this year. I am sad to think that such a brilliant writer passed in his prime. I also think the translator should be congratulated. The first two books are amongst some of the best I have read in years.

- Terry Mackie, 9 February 2009

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I picked up "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" off a new novel table in the local library in Arizona. Wow! I read at least 4 books a week but this one had me reading till late and waking at 5:00 am to start again. I am so sorry to hear of his early death. What talent!

- Inez Anderson, Canada, 02/14/09, 8 February 2009

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I picked up "The Girl who Played with Fire" at complete random from Dubai Duty Free before boarding a flight to Frankfurt on Feb 1. It turned out to be the best thing I did. Except that I now have to look for the first book AND wait for the third.

Brilliant book. May the author rest in peace.

- Rafa, 6 February 2009

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I just finish to read Millenium II and I am still under the impression! The suspens is so intense that I had difficulty to close the book and sleep at night. And he also made me concerned about the women trade in Sweden or Europe. I was with all my heart with Lisbeth Salander during all the story.

- Hélène Lacasse, 6 February 2009

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Highly entertaining mystery, with a serious undertheme. The characters were intriguing, and the plot twists had me guessing hard! The style (as translated into English) is a bit plain, but the author has the capacity to create such a compelling scene that the reader seems magically to enter the book's world. Couldn't wait to pick it up!!

- Elizabeth Johnson Tsang, Holden MA USA, 6 February 2009

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Mankell is better;)

- p, 5 February 2009

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Between Steig Larssen's description of Sweden, the complexity of the stories and the uncompromising ass-kicking coolness of Lisbeth Salander, mixed with my second fave trilogy by Nicola Griffith and her ass-kicking Norwegian-American Aud Torvingen, I think I may just have to go to Sweden.

Never have I been so enthralled in books - I love reading but with these I found myself reading until only a few hours before I had to get up for work. I am also confident that on second reading, the picture will be so much clearer, there are probably enough layers and twists for even a third or fourth reading.

- jet, 5 February 2009

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Absolutely fabulous!!!!! I love Salander ~ i now want to be a computer hacker :-)

I'm currently reading the 2nd book and i'm loving it....i really can't wait a year for the 3rd book :-(

Loving, loving SL and his sad of his early demise.

- Denise from the UK, 5 February 2009

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move over Martin Beck, Kurt Wallander... now a new genre of writing is here ... three cheers for Stieg Larsson. Why did you have to die so young!

Why are the English translatons coming out so late?

- Ishani Majumdar, India, 5 February 2009

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I'm about half way through "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" unabridged audiobook, and totally involved with the plot structure, characters, dialog, etc. Can't wait until "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and 3rd unabridged audiobooks are released. I wonder if anyone knows when the Swedish film on the Trilogy will be available is the US? Thanks,

- Howard from California, 4 February 2009

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