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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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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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Just read "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", now in the middle of "The Girl Who Played With Fire" . just translated into italian.

What to say? Extremely nice, I love Lisbeth from the first page... I will miss this talented author.

- Giacomo Novara, Italy, 4 October 2008

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So fantastic, a real tragedy to have lost you as a writer. I loved reading the girl with the dragon tatoo, growing up in Sweden just made the book so much more special.

- K, 4 October 2008

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This is the best book I have read this year. Amazing! Larsson's ability to capture atmosphere and create suspense is outstanding. I look forward to the next books and for a moment even wondered if I should go ahead and learn Swedish so I would not have to wait for the translations!! I sincerely lament the passing of this talented man.

- Stacey Hawthorne, New York., 4 October 2008

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dove posso comprare il 3"libro di millenium trilogy the castles in the sky ?

- gisa ippolito, 3 October 2008

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everyone loves these books...and me too!!

one of the best books I've read from many times, really...now, waiting for the next...!!!

- chiara- italy, 30 September 2008

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this is fantastic, i cant stop reading this triology, nevertheless your last book is the best.. magnificent!! all thanks to you, stieg larsson,

- Remi Eggesbø, 29 September 2008

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just finishing 'girl with a dragon tattoo'. fantastic. i actually cant help myself but read and read and then read :) book is unpredictable and thrilling. cant wait for 'girl who played with fire' release.

- ela dzimitko, 29 September 2008

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In my opinion Stieg Larssons books are simple lessons in how to fool yourself. The hero is a nazi, a bloodthursty animal witout humanity and respect for the law. But as effecient as the original mr. Bond. And a victim. O, poor Lisbeth Salamander! Your blood is as cold as mr. Hitlers. May your fans come to the conclusion, that late mr. Larsson tricks his reader like mr. Hitch tricked his spectator. There is a nazi in every man, in every woman.

- Jens-Peter Hansen, 29 September 2008

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I am freelance writer and newspaper publisher in Vancouver, WA, USA. I heard an excellent review of the English translation of "The Girl... Dragon Tattoo" on National Public Radio and picked up a copy. Very engrossing and layered. Rich characterization and intricate descriptive detail. I'll see that it gets reviewed in the area press.

- James W, 29 September 2008

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