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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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The 4th Book

"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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And I am also embedded in the second one and can't stop. The 3rd one is also waiting for me and I am fully aware of being totally frustrated when that one is done and no other book of this fantastic writer is there to read.

Even greater than the Henning Mankell books!!

- Gita Smeekes- Netherlands, 17 November 2008

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I am reading the third book of the millenium series.

My nights become very short and all the working day i am thinking of my next evening reading time to go on this suspense story!

Great writter, amazing books!

- Camus from Israel, 17 November 2008

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I am in the middle of The Girl with The Dragon Tatoo and my only regret is other things get in the way of reading non stop this terrific novel.

Rumor has it that a 4th manuscript was found on the the typewritter of Stieg Larsson

So sad that Stieg Larsson never got to see his first book published and the buzz it has created.

I can hardly wait for other novels by Stieg Larsson to become available in Canada.

- Louise from Canada, 15 November 2008

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I just started the 2nd book and can't stop reading...

No doubt, I will also buy the 3rd one! Regards from Zürich, Switzerland

- Ray, 15 November 2008

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I've just finished the first book. I loved it and cannot wait to read the second. I live in England but read a good translation of it in Spanish. - I've neglected my housewife duties in order to finish this amazing book! He, he,he :-) Thanks a lot Stieg for such a great reading!!

- Sonia Salas, Cambirdge, 15 November 2008

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I loved this book. Just finished it.

- Jim McCullaugh, Los Angeles, 14 November 2008

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i loved the first book and can't wait to read the 2. and 3. i live in Norway and we have all the books avalable so im looking forward to be reading

- freddy, 12 November 2008

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I didn´t get of bed one day - I had to finish the book - and at that stage I was only half-way through it

- Dagge, 11 November 2008

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Thought I didn't like to read "thrillers", until I finished the first of the trilogy in German (Verdammnis). Only the good die young. Enjoy your time in heaven, Stieg!

- HaHaHamburg, 9 November 2008

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Loved the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo! Can't wait until "With Fire" gets to the USA in January (I hope).

I've been concentrating on Swedish mystery authors ever since I picked up my first Mankell Wallander novel two and a half years ago and S. Larsson ranks with the best.

- Pat, Rhode Island, USA, 8 November 2008

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