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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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I've just finished the first book, very interesting idea, good way delivering it too, too bad the second book is not being released yet...

- Suzanne Wu, 5 November 2008

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I just talked to my mother in sweden , and she has the third book waiting for me. She is holding it hostage so i will come home and visit, it will be one expensive book but well woth the money. I am booking my ticket tomorrow.

- mia L. Detroit, Michigan USA, 4 November 2008

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Most amazing book I have ever read!!

- Emilie, 3 November 2008

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I have just put down the second book. my family sent the first 2 from sweden and i feel like i have been at home visiting for the past few days. I have never been so engrossed in a book before and i m mad that i do not have the 3 in my hands right now. It is propably the best books i have read in the past 20 years.

- mia L., 3 November 2008

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I have been reading one week non stop. I was not able to go to work and I lost weight because I did not find any time to do the shopping.... the best 3 books I ever had.

- Stephan C. Munich, Germany, 2 November 2008

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I just finished The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and what I take away is that I did not know about the Nazi influence and I for one am glad of its exposure. My family is from Sweden and no one talked about this with us around the dining table and I wish that they had. I know that if you talk about both the good and the bad of your country of origin you enlighten and free people. If you keep it a deep dark secret then you make it something tantilizing. When that happens then the ones that want to gain through munipulation and guile will be able to gather more and more followers. If you want to expose the rats in the rushes you have to stir the rushes up.

- Michel L Tisdale, Kansas City, MO, USA, 1 November 2008

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Now that the tirth book of The Milleniumtrology is translated in Flemish, and been read by a great admirer of Larsson of Lisbeth, I feel lost and sad that the autor left us with fantasies and questions about the rest of that eminent and great story about Sweden and Blomkwist and Salander.

- jo beddeleem, 29 October 2008

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I just picked up the first in the series and can't put it down. It's terrific. This is the first book that I've read that takes place in Sweden, so I'm enjoying learning a bit about life in Sweden. Now, what to do until the others are published in USA! I work in a Barnes & Noble Bookstore and will be recommending it to my customers.

- Nancy, Boston USA, 29 October 2008

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i love his new - book i am reading now, girl with the dragon tattoo. recommended to everyone! feel bad that he died so young of heart attack. my husband died young (not as young) fairly recently as well very sad. i will read the trilogy.

- mnc, 26 October 2008

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I´m happy that the rest of the world get the chance to read these fantastic books! We all got the Lisbeth Salander-fever here in Sweden. The movies are in the making right now. But I wonder if they can capture the magic of the caractures from the books. I think that Lisbeth is a modern Pippi Långstump (Longstocking).

- Lollo from Sweden, 25 October 2008

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