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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

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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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 books.....so 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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Just finished the third book, planning a trip to Sweden for the movie...completely in love with Lisbeth and increasing protection on my local wireless network in these days...but i would let her in...

Stieg shows a level of respect and understanding of women I can only share and admire, also if it should be normal in anyone (and unfortunately it is not).

All important female characters are somehow great and the good male ones are the ones who respect and really love them.

Stories are fluent and able to capture you from first to last page...Actually I want to turn into a journalist, or a hacker, or a female swedish police officer...still need to decide... Love you Sally... :-)

- Mick from Milan, 4 February 2009

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Larsson finished the third book for his own. It is not written by any other. Only the fourth remains unfinished and is part of a legacy conflict between Stiegs father, brother and companion in life.

- drahtlos, 3 February 2009

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I finish last night the first book....great...I fall in love for Sally...

- A.Milan, 3 February 2009

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@ P.Roan: Yes, Larsson was smoking much too much and drinking coffee all day - while working too much.

@ last comment: This would be an absolutely new fact. Not known, that he did not finish the third book. There isn't any reference in alle Swedish newspaper articles or any other source to it. Even his partner didn't tell.

- Peter, 3 February 2009

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Read the books last year in swedish. Larsson died before he finished the third book, so the ending is not written by him, but it's a great book anyway. Lisbeth Salander is my hero!

- , 2 February 2009

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Just finished The Girl Who Played with Fire. Is the 3rd book in English anywhere yet?

For the person looking for another great set of characters try Denise Mina's Garnet Hill series. Didn't love quite as much as Lisbeth Salander but right up there.

- Amy - Wash., D.C., 31 January 2009

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Simply the best. Thanks for MILLENIUM trilogy. Thanks for the emotion.

- Silvana-Rome, 30 January 2009

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