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

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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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SL an exceptional writer! This has probably been asked before but given how closely life appears to imitate art in his trilogy, does anyone know if there were any remotely suspicious circumstances surrounding Stieg's death? Sorry to sound like a conspiracist, did he have a heart condition? His is a sad loss but I can imagine the Swedish establishment breathing a sigh of relief at his passing. Perhaps an email campaign should be organised to pressure his family to compensating his widow? I imagine Mr Larsson would have been disgusted at this injustice, just the sort of thing he fought against.

- Tor Larsen, Sydney, Australia, 22 January 2009

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I am completely addicted to the books! He is such a great writer and it is a shame he is dead. However, talking to some Swedish friends, his life story could also become a book. Let's all hope some other Swedish journalist will investigate Stieg's life. Am about to finish Millennium 2 and can't wait to read the third one.

- Vicente-Curitiba/Brazil, 21 January 2009

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I've literally just this minute come across reviews of Stieg Larsson whilst browsing through Amazon. Being a reading addict, I'm suprised that I haven't come across him before. Judging by the reviews, I've got a major read ahead of me. As anybody who loves reading knows, there's nothing like coming across a writer that you've never read before and who is considered brilliant by everybody who has read them. I can't wait to start the first book of the trilogy.

- Claudine Bulpitt, UK, 21 January 2009

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Great writer, wonderful book.

- Deborah Tveter, Chicago-Lima, 20 January 2009

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It's not that common but if anyone calls you "Kalle Blomqvist" in Sweden they mean that you're a bit tiresome in the way that you are just a little too good/splendid/well-behaved in an irritating way. It refers to the Astrid Lindgren character (a boy-detective that I believe Larsson based Mikael on - I've read somewhere that it all began when Larsson was pondering what would happen if the Astrid Lindgren characters Kalle and Pippi Longstocking (Salander) where living in todays society))...

- Micke, 19 January 2009

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Have just finished 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. Such skillful writing with such class. Could'nt put it down. Finely drawn characters with whom one could identify and understand. Salander hopefully is in each book - what a loss Larsson is to the literary world. But, not speaking any Swedish, why is "Kalle" such an insult? I should very much like to know.

- Norma Hobbs, Australia, 19 January 2009

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These Millennium books are well worth losing sleep over!! Impossible to put down, cleverly written, love them. I am now waiting for the third part and allready sorry that there will be no more of them. So sad that Larsson died before he finished part four. Maybe the family could be persuaded to publish it anyway..

- ilja, the netherlands, 17 January 2009

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