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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 was very sad to hear that Stieg Larsson has passed away. Just the way he wrote made me wan to meet him and have long talks over a glass(or 2) of red wine.

- , 15 September 2008

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i loved the first one, and am now onthe hunt for the second and third, what a great book, lovedit, lovedit, loved it!!!!!!

- bhne, 15 September 2008

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I started to read the first one a few weeks ago in Sweden, on vacation, and I'm about to finish the second. That's an addiction, and another reason to love Sweden.

- Jimmy, Milano -Italy, 13 September 2008

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Reading Millenium 1 ( in French ). Can't put it down. Every minute I have I pick it up and continue the saga. I'm hook... Hook big. It's one of the best book I ever read ( par with John Irving ). Mr Larsson caters to the intelligence of the reader. I just love the way the story ( stories?) unfolds in a kind gigantic puzzle, one small piece at a time, not knowing what awaits us at the next corner. Great read. Can't wait to read the two other books in the series.

Kudos, Mr Larsson

- Louis Demers, Ottawa, 13 September 2008

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Yesterday I bought the first book in Spanish, "Los hombres que no amaban a las mujeres", and can't wait to start reading it. I really enjoy this type of novels.

- Aitor from Basque Country, 12 September 2008

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I read the first book and enjoyed it. However, the translation into English is clunky and distracting -- and sometimes downright impenetrable. THE BOOKS NEED A BETTER EDITOR! Interestingly, the same complaint is being made about the translation into French. See the hilarious article at http://bibliobs.nouvelobs.com/2008/04/17/les-bourdes-de-millenium

Spend a little money. Do it right!

- Lynn in Toronto, 11 September 2008, 11 September 2008

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I'm reading the first book in Spanish, which is more than 600 pages, and I can't put it down, I even dream of the book, and I am not a thrillers fan... But "Los hombres que no amaban a las mujeres" is a love story, a misterly like Agatha Christie, an ethics volume and a lot more... Wonderful, the best book I've read in years!

- Anna from Barcelona, 10 September 2008

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Just finished his second book which I got in Germany it's called "Verdammnis".

What a great book, could not put it down like it was with the first one and I am locking forward to his third unfortunately last.

If you love crime you will love Lisbeth and Mikael.

- Gabi from Perth, Australia, 10 September 2008

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Girl with the dragon tattoo was a great read!

- Sandra, Cape Town, South Africa, 9 September 2008

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Just finished Girl with the dragon tattoo what a great book i cant wait for the next .

Being in Australia it will probably be a while yet as we seem to be behind the U.K. Wish i could have bought them all together.What a shame there will be no more from this brilliant author.....

- michelle davies, 8 October 2008

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