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

- Silvana-Rome, 30 January 2009

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50 is awfully young for a fatal MI like his. Does anyone know if he had risk factors such as smoking, high cholesterol or diabetes?

- P Roan, 30 January 2009

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Stieg Larsson's books are great! I've red the intere thrilogy in 7 days: I couldn't do anything else. I'm very curious to see the movie...

I think that it would be a good idea search someone who's style of writing is similar to the Larsson's one, and can continue the story of Micheal, Lisbeth, Erika and the other... isn't it? Difficul-maybe- but affascinating...

(Sorry for my english...)

- Lara-Italy-Rosta, 29 January 2009

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Looking through the library and stumbled upon this wonderful book. I had a really hard time putting it down. This is one of the best books I have read in a while. I knew very little about Sweden so picked up some knowledge along the way. What an unpleasant surprise to learn of the premature death of the author. I look forward to the English translation of the remaining two novels

- j wilson clarksdale ms, 29 January 2009

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Very interesting to follow the viles of the old capitalistic family!Some things never change!

Enjoyed the read very much.

- C.Suter RSA, 28 January 2009

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I bought this book because at the Borders bookstore it had a note beneath it saying "You Must Read This Book". They didn't have what I had come for, so I got it. It was a slow start for me, I think because I cannot pronounce the names in my head. I am on to Chapter 2 and cannot wait for a break at work to start reading it again. I was so intrigued by the note about the author at the end that abruptly said he just "died". I hope there is nothing more to it. He's brilliant and what a gift to give the world.

- A Hudson, Spring, TX, USA, 27 January 2009

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Why is the English translation so late?

Ired the firt in Italian and the 2 other in French.

I do reommend:

Lebeau Guillaume Le mystère du quatrième manuscrit — Enquete au cœur de la série "Millénium", Toucan Noir 2008.

Adelia, Bruxelles

- adelia.bertetto@ec.europa.eu, 26 January 2009

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Just finished reading"Los Hombres que no amaban a sus mujeres" (spanish translation). Great book! Great writer!! I'm waiting for the second...

- Aldo Ilarregui, La Pampa, Argentina, 26 January 2009

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The books were recommended to me by my Swedish dentist in Flix Tarragona,Spain!! Just before my trip here to Australia. The first book i saw in the shop window was The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo!! I bought it and the 2nd one and couldnt put them down.I have read at least 30 books in the past 7 weeks because of ill health. Guess which were the best two books i read?

Fantastic, and he will be sorely missed.

- SHEILA, SPAIN, 23 January 2009

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I finished the Girl with the Dragon Tatoo last night. It is a superb book. Beautifully written, full of unexpected twists and surprises with a plot which holds your attention to the very last page. I am big fan of Swedish crime writing and Stieg Larsson has taken the genre to another level. I look forward to the release of the other books in the series.

- Roslyn, Turkey, 22 January 2009

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