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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 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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The first book of the Millenium trilogy makes me want to grab the next two books and devour them as well! I could not put down the book until I was finished, it is such a clever and intriguing story, even if it is brutal. Such characters too! The translation was quite alright, the inclusion of select Swedish words neat and brought back fond memories from my time in Sweden. I did question the English title The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vs. the original Men who hate women, but I think it works. Now I don't know how I can stand to wait for the next release!! I guess I just have to wear "The Girl Who Played With Fire" T-shirt I won in an online contest by the publisher. If Stieg Larsson lived, I would ask him to sign it...

- P.M. Brandt, 25 October 2008

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GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO was one of the best books I have ever read. I have spent a lot of time in Sweden and Karsson captures the heart of Sweden .

Berge m.Heede

- berge m. Heede, 24 October 2008

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I finished today! I'm gonna wait more than a few months for the 2nd book... until the Portuguese translation is ready. It's breathless. In Portuguese "Os Homens que Odeiam as Mulheres" - "Men Who Hate Women".

- Rita/ Portugal, 24 October 2008

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the best i have read in years!!!!

i heard there ws a fourth book wich hasnt been published yet

- dave, 24 October 2008

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I bought "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by chance and I loved it. I have already ordered the 2nd one and cannot wait until the third is translated into English. Amazingly compelling read. I could not put the book down and resented the times I had to stop to do other things. Truly tragic that such a great mind is no more.

- Telitah Buwu from England, 23 October 2008

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Very enjoyable book. (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). I am looking forward to the release of his next book. The translation was excellent.

- Susan H, 23 October 2008

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Exellent truly exellent !

- Yvette Bergmans from Spain, 22 October 2008

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