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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

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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I just finished reading the final book in the series (in Swedish) and have to say that I was spellbound by them! And I agree with previous comments--it's a shame that there won't be any more works written by this amazing author!

- alison, 15 January 2009

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I just finished reading the series (in Swedish) and was absolutely spellbound! I couldn't put the books down!

- , 15 January 2009

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It's not about misogyny, It's about accuracy: Mirroring multi-gygabyte sized hard disks to remote FTP in minutes is just fantasy (just to mention one).

Also, a man (that Kalle) who gets laid with whomever woman he wants... isn't it misogyny?

- Not-So-Impressed, 15 January 2009

Hey, not-so-impressed, this is Sweden everyone is laying everyone, and I do mean everyone!

- Andy, 13 April 2010

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Don't let misogyny (poorly disguised below by Not so impressed) keep you from these wonderful books. There are no male writers in North America who write credibly about women as human beings, and thus none who tackle unflinchingly the subject Steig addresses in this trilogy: men who hate women - as an abnormal, vicious and profoundly anti human condition. These are great books for more reasons than this stance, but this is enough.

- Marian/BC, 15 January 2009

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You're all guys lucky, 'coz in Poland exist for now only the first part and no specified details regarding next ones ... looking forward for this dark, cold climate under normal behaviours at the first glance ...

- greyt, 14 January 2009

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I think he (the writer) should have looked for advice in the software issues. It's all so fantastic, incredible and inaccurate (Mac OS!, FTP transfer rates sooo high...)

But, if you liked Adstrid Lindgren when a child, you would like the book: It's Pippi again.

- Not-So-Impressed, 14 January 2009

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I just finished the first book on Saturday and on Sunday I'm on the second already. I will finish it before the third comes out!! What am I going to do until then!?

- Nacho, Madrid, Spain, 13 January 2009

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I loved this character. She reminds me of Kathy Mallory in Carol O'Connell's books. You want to give her a safe place to land, a room of her own that she can keep as messy as she likes, and absolutely no access to your computer! Seriously, she tugs at your heartstrings. I only like books where I can sincerely like and respect the characters, however flawed. I love these characters and I want to go out for coffee with them. So sad there will only be these. Wonderful! Great writer! So sorry he's gone.

- kellian clink, 13 January 2009

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I couldn't wait for the italian translation to read the third part of the story and I bought the french translation. My brother is readinfìg the first part in italian, my sister is now reading the third one in italian.

canwe hope to read more about Mike and Lisbeth?

- Lena Pupin, 12 January 2009

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Just finished "The Girl With The Dragon Tatto"--loved it, could not put it down. I will be moving on to "Castles In The Sky"

- tinman4444, USA, 11 January 2009

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