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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 was most impressed with "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, cannot wait for the book shop to open tomorrow to get "The Girl who played with Fire

Pat from Western Australia

- Patricia Smith, 4 January 2009

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Just finished the first book ( in german: "Verblendung"). I was so unsatisfied with the ending until I read that there are actually more parts. Now I'm going to get the rest as soon as I can. Especially because I totally felt in love with Lisbeth Salander <3

- Thomas - Cologne, Germany, 4 January 2009

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I am almost done with this book and sorry to be done. It is hard to believe I will have to wait 5 months or so for the next one. This was by far the best book I have ever read. It is a real tragedy that Stieg is not with us to write more masterpieces.

- Laurie in Montana, 4 January 2009

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Finally January 2009 is coming!!! I hope i can find the 3rd book in Italy really in this month.

I've read only the second book (la ragazza che giocava con il fuoco) in italian and i loved it.

Davvero un gran peccato che un autore con un talento cosi' straordinario se ne sia andato.

Grande Stieg, peccato che qui sulla terra tu abbia lasciato un grande vuoto.

- Luca , Varese, Italy, 3 January 2009

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I haven't yet finished the first book (in spanish: Los hombres que no amaban a las mujeres) and this morning I've already bought the second one. Great story, perfect book to get you through the Christmas celebrations. It is keeping me interested from the very first page.

Thanks Stieg.

- Bookworm, 3 January 2009

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I was surfing the net and looking for a good book to read and came upon Stephen King's rave review (@ EW.com) of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and thought it would keep me busy over the Christmas holidays. I polished it off in no time as it was far better than I ever would have imagined. I agree with King as the true shame is the loss of such a great talent. I can't wait for the translation of the next books!

- Joe, Terrace BC Canada, 3 January 2009

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I loved Lisbeth Salander!

- A, 2 January 2009

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I got the first book for Christmas, looked at the cover for a week and then started reading it yesterday - December 31st. Now, I can't put it down! I can't believe how wonderful this book is for a first attempt at writing. You really feel involved with the characters and Lisbeth is so intruiging. Shame he died without knowing how good he was.

- Liz, London, 1 January 2009

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Can't decide whether finishing the third book is a perfect start to the year - or a great tragedy, because now I don't have it to look forward to any longer. What a fantastic pleasure to find something so absorbing... Have read the series in Finnish and Swedish so feel very sorry for all my English friends who will have to wait another year for the final installment. Tack så mycket Stieg Larsson

- Kate, Hampshire England, 1 January 2009

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Bought the first book which in Spain is called "los hombres que no amaban a las mujeres" , could not wait to buy the second one which is even better, and finally as the third one was not to be released in Spain until June 09 bought it in French "La reine dans le palais des courrantes d'air" it's terrific , don't miss it , you will love it!!!!!

- tianpou , Madrid, 1 January 2009

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