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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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I don't ever think I've finished books this quickly. They are breathtaking! Lisbet is my hero. What a gal. Finished the first two and will rush to the library today to borrow number three - in the original language. R.I.P Stieg.

- Anette Hallstrøm from Denmark, 22 October 2008

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FANTASTIC...... there aren't words to explain his cleverness........ I wait for the 3rd book... honestly I can't wait to read it..... It's very sad that he died in the prime of his life.... We'll miss him...

- Irene Conti from Italy, 21 October 2008

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I just spent the weekend finishing "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." At no point did it falter; suspenseful, amazing reading from beginning to end. I will be ordering the 2nd and 3rd books and can't wait to read them as well. How sad that the author died in the prime of his life; he will be missed.

- Annikem in California, 20 October 2008

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Read the first book in three days during my vacation -wow, cant wait to get back home, where I have already got no 2 and 3. Stieg is Mikael - no doubt about that.

- Charlotte from Denmark, 17 October 2008

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I have been introduced to the first book by buying the CD set (6 discs) from a charity shop on the start of a long journey. I couldn't get out of the car ... Seriously, though, the audio version is very good, and for those who've read the book (unlike me - yet) a chance to re-experience the story.

- Charles, Stratford-upon-Avon, 16 October 2008

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A note that might be of interest to non Swedish readers. Larsson based the two main characters on two quite well-known Astrid Lindgren characters (world renowned childrens' books author):

Lisbeth = Pippi Longstockings and

Mikael = Kalle Blomkvist "Super Sleuth" (lesser known internationally).

If you know Astrid's characters they make more sense in the books as well and provide for some fun reflections for the reader - or so I thought at least.

- Jonas, Sweden, 16 October 2008

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Amen Rune! I just finished the last book today and I loved them all, cover to cover - page by page.

Savour them.

- Astrid, Norway., 13 October 2008

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Could his sudden death be false?

Stieg Larsson worked as a journalist, digging into e.g. neo-nazism. His research provided him with enemies and he received several death threats, apparently one reason why he and his wife never got married. Before his death, he just manages to complete the Millenium-series spanning over three books...

By arranging a sudden death, he could disappear and hopefully bring an end to the threats and in addition, based on other examples from history, sudden death has an effect of bringing attention to new and unknown authorships / musicians etc.

Based on the plot in the Millenium series, Stieg shows bureaucratic knowledge that could be used to arrange ones death...? If not R.I.P.

I guess this conspiracy theory is weak and works only as a small hope I have, that maybe one day, more books in this indescribable great Millenium series would be published. I fear the day when I have completed all three books....

- Rune, Norway, 12 October 2008

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I bought the 1st book The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo purely by chance . I am still half way through it and cant wait to get back to the book in the evenings after work. Was curious about the untimely death of the author but disappointed to see that not much information available

- Anita - Dubai - October 2008, 12 October 2008

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Hi, j read both rhe books: they are very nice and well writed. Probably even better than Mankell's Wallander police man. J am waiting the third book with a lot of suspance...

- Alberto Vi, Italia, 6 October 2008

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