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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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In Poland first novel has just appreared. I have finished reading it few days ago. I cannot wait for two other parts of Millenium-series. Great book, which keeps the tension. And character of Mikael Blomqvist is great.

- Anna (PL), 17 December 2008

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I finished last weekend the books in Spanish, titles are "Los hombres que no amaban a las mujeres" and "La chica que soñaba con una cerilla y un bidón de gasolina". I think title for 1st novel in Spanish (or italian as I see below) better plots the essential message for the 2 novels. 2nd book is even more thrilling than 1st. Unfortunately third release in Spanish will be in June 09.

- xida, 17 December 2008

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I have just finished reading '' La fille qui rêvait d'un bidon d'essence et d'une allumette'' , the second book in french and I can't wait to start the 3rd one! I have gave up on my friends this week because I could not stop reading! They are among the best novels I have ever read! C'est manifique!:)

- Lawrence, Quebec city, Canada, 15 December 2008

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I've just read the first, and the second and they're amazing! i've never found a serie with that interesting characters before, not even Harry Potter!

On norwegian are the book titles

"menn som hater kvinner" (men that hates women) and "jenta som lekte med ilden" ( the girl who played with the fire.)

does anyone know why they changed the title on the english book? (the girl with the dragoon tattoo)

- Anna from Norway, 15 December 2008

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a serial killer in Sweden ? i never thought off something of that sort would be possible.

Very engaging read but when are the two others books going to be published. I want to know more about that girl Salander. She is fascinating !!!

- Norberto in New York, 13 December 2008

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Hi Simo,

How come you had read all 3 books? I thought there were only 2 inprints sofar. I have been looking for the 3rd. here in Germany but w/o success. What is the name of the 3rd and final book?

- Johnny from Germany, 11 December 2008

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Thanks Stieg - Grazie Luca

- Manu from Italy - Cuneo, 10 December 2008

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I have read all the three books, excellent way to spend your free time!

- Simo from Finland, 10 December 2008

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I've just finished reading the first and the second book in italian. I was really disappointed learning that the final part isn't available in Italy nor in the UK and I have to wait till Jan 09. Maybe 2 of the best books i've ever read, they took me only 3 days.

The titles in italian are "Men who hate women" and "The girl who use to play with the fire".

P.S. I was very sorry reading between the 2 books about the author's death, what a loss...

- Fabio Fortunati Rossi / Florence (IT), 10 December 2008

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we love Lisbeth, we love you beautyful work, grazie Stieg (MPL)

- Michele Pio Ledda, 9 December 2008

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