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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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Just finished watching "The girl who kicked the hornests nest". The movies were great. Haven't seen much made here in the states that intrigues as much as this trilogy has. Noomi does a fantastic job as Lisbeth and the plot keeps you hooked till the end.

- SeanPC from Colorado, 4 Mars 2011

I am very concerned that the book (hornet) finished differently to the movie!!!! WHY????? Did she let Mikael into the apartment or not????? The answer actually severely influences the finale.

- C Davis, 19 Mars 2011

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I am half way finished with the last in the Triology having already read the first two books in record time. Can't say enough about how good the books are; however, I was sorry that I saw the movie version of TGWTDT before finishing the books. I had envisioned different characters and locations. I think David Fincher has the capability of making a great film and I am looking forward to seeing it. As for Eva, give her a share in the book and movie proceeds, she did something for Stieg that neither his brother or father could do for him which is to give him the kind of love that only a companion can give. I am sure living with a writer is a lonely role and she must have done it well or he would have run her off long before. Also, let her finish the 4th book. She is bound tp have been a sounding board for his ideas.

- Bauer, 2 March 2011 Colorado USA, 2 Mars 2011

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I visited Sweden May, 2010 and found it to be a wonderful country! Unfortunately, I was introduced to Larsson's Trilogy AFTER returning home to Florida... I immediately read all 3 books in series....and saw all 3 Swedish movies. What a tradegy for the world to lose such a talented writer. It will be difficult to wait until, hopefully, his last book is published by his companion. I was so impressed by Mr. Larssons writing, I cannot wait to return to his country and follow the Larsson Trail personally. I agree with other posts here that it would be rediculous for Hollywood to do a remake of the movies because they will do a poor job and not follow the storyline. The Swedish movies were excellent!!!!!

- Broy, 27 February 2011

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Has lisbeth salander died with steig larson? :(

- eric, 25 February 2011

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Slander is the embodiment of our crumbling modern day society. His web of characters is amazing and complex but simple enough for us teenagers to follow the story line. FREAKING WOW!!!!! :)

- Roja and Nicola, 23 February 2011

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Love this series!!!

- nicole, 23 February 2011

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what's the point of hollywood remake? dont americans have the intellectual capacity to read subtitles?

I'm sick of the US's habit of taking wonderful works from outside their borders and 'americanising' them - almost as if they simply cannot stand the fact that fucking brilliant art is produced outside Hollywoods confines.

Not one cent of my money will go to that capitalistic remake, and any true fan should keep their wallet closed as well. It's bad enough the television series was made, they had to put it out in the cinema... and ofcourse - the only truly worthy receipient of any finances from these projects receive NOTHING from any of it.

To hell with it, that's my opinion.

- WASP, 20 February 2011

As an American, I agree with you completely, The Swedish trilogy is a masterpiece. Its like a painter trying to improve on the Mona Lisa!

Most in Hollywood exist in a fantasy world. Their remake will be a big flop. Do they really believe they can sell it overseas when the original is good as it is?

- Ronbo, 21 February 2011

I agree that the originals are fantastic-I loved the books as well as the movies. I disagree with your remarks that these films should not be made in Hollywood. I am one of those dumb Americans you're speaking about and I read all 3 books AND watched the Swedish films AND read all the subtitles all by myself. Who cares if this movie is remade? Doesn't that just show what a great author this man was since people from all over the world want a chance to interpret his work? I don't really think the point is to improve the story-just to tell it again.

- REDNECK, 28 February 2011

I watched one of the movies "dubbed" and one with the subtitles -- made no difference in the fact that these are great movies -- acting, directing, etc. I agree that there's no way a remake could make this better and it doesn't need to be remade "differently". The movies Psycho was remade......and what was the point of that....?!

- READER, 28 February 2011

I tried to watch TGWTDT and am normally happy to see movies with subtitles. However, on my TV, I just couldn't read them and had to abandon the movie. Although Hollywood will probably not do such a good job, I want to watch the movies without squinting at the screen.

- janrc49, 7 Mars 2011

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I have read all 3 books and my husband and I have watched all 3 movies. I loved both and thought the movies were very true to the books in all the areas that really mattered. I can't tell you how many times I've said it makes me so very sad that this wonderful and brilliant writer, Stieg Larsson died before knowing how many people loved his work. I am a 63 year old grandmother who lives in the mid-western US, my husband and I are both retired. We both hope that Eva will be allowed to complete the 4th book as we can't bear to say goodbye to Lisbeth and Mikael. As far as Hollywood doing a remake of the movies, they should just forget that, no one can ever compare to Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist portrayals of Lisbeth & Mikael. I don't know Sweden's equivalent of the Oscars, but they certainly should win that award.

- Nanaqsmh, 18 February 2011

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I wrote this letter to Stieg Larsson before i learned of his death.

Dear Stieg Larsson,

I went to college for two years and the best thing i got out of it was your book. I bought the book 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' for 6 dollars in the book store at my college. Once i bought it i never put it down. On my 2 hour bus ride to and from school the only safety i felt was with Lisabeth Salander. I'm not much for reading i'd rather write, but your book captivated me. I bought the third book ' The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest' and i'm now waiting to buy the first one. I just wanted to write you this to tell you that Lisabest Salander and You both have changed my life. I am stronger as a woman now than i have ever been. You are (were) an amazing artist,writer,and creator. I wanted you to know that the witty, smart, strong girl that you masterfully created like a god is a part of my everyday life and now that girl is me.

- Katie Farrell, 16 February 2011

Wonderful note. Hope your writing does the same for someone soon

- , 23 February 2011

Thank You.

- Katie, 27 February 2011

Being an American myself, I can't agree more. It's too bad movies in our country have been gravitating away from stories and characters and towards action and special effects. That said, the English translation of these books are not very well written. Though they may capture the story, they are poor. Don't get me wrong, in NO WAY is that a reflection of Stieg or his work, merely the quality of translations. Also, the movies, as they stand now, are fantastic... period.

- Clint, 5 Mars 2011

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I also enjoyed the series. Can anyone recommend another book or series that is equally intriguing and character driven?

- AIng, 15 February 2011

Have you checked out this new guy claiming to be the English Stieg Larrson, S.G.Norris, he's obviously jumping on the band wagon but from what I've read it looks good. Bringing the political thriller to Northern England. Well I've bought it anyway, will post on here what I think

- Craig McKenny, 1 Mars 2011

Also, the books are many and have been around some time but have you read Swedens other terrific author Henning Mankell who writes the Kurt Wallander books ? He is an interesting character so try to start with the earliest book you can as the threads run through the books.

- Kate Kinsella 10/Mar.2011, 10 Mars 2011

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