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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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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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why "Castles in the Skyes" will be traslated only in 2010???

we cannot wait 2 years, and maybe 3 in Italy...:-)

The greatest books in the last 10 years, after Umberto Eco Il nome della Rosa

-, 2 October 2008

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I started reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on a train between Edinburgh and London, I found it engrossing and loved the fact that I had it worked out from about the middle of the book, then a few pages later, then a few pages later - not. In the end I had to read the last 100 pages in one go as I could not stop. I have recommended this book to several people and it's been read on the way to Australia, Kenya and various other places around the world, they've all said the same, they thought it was one of the best books they'd ever read.

- Brian - Edinburgh, 28 August 2008

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completely hooked in! can't wait for the third to be translated.

- Daniel, 25 August 2008

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Having just read "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" I mourn for the loss of Stieg Larsson. A tragic loss to the world for this book is amazing and I can only think of the of books he could have written, had he lived longer. I cannot wait for the remaining two books from this trilogy.

- John Turnbull, 24 August 2008

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hiya..feel sorry for all of you out there waiting for the next books to arrive in English..THEY ARE BRILLIANT you won't be dissapointed since they only get better, so if it feels like a long's worth it!! I couldn't put them down and ended up in work with dark circles around my eyes until I read them all..ENJOY

- Linda, 20 August 2008

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Arrived in Paris airport on holidays and had finished reading my book on the plane the only english book I could find was "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" so I bought it. What a find - fantastic - could not put it down, can't wait to 2009 and the release of the 2nd book.

- Di from Australia, 20 August 2008

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I would like to see Katherine Moennig in the adaptation of the book, it would be nice ! With david Duvochny

- Marie from France, 19 August 2008

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I´ve just read the first book, and damn I´m hooked!!

- Sidsel Marie, 19 August 2008

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I read all three books in Norwegian and was addicted from the beginning! A great distraction!

Just a couple of observations: being from where I am (that's the only hint I'll give in case anyone reading this comment hasn't read the book to the end), it was easy to notice one part in the first book in the Norwegian version that made no sense geographically and had a factual error, and I see that it has been changed in the English version. I also noticed a lot of spelling mistakes in the later books (Norwegian versions), perhaps due to the translator having to rush to make the deadline?

Overall, highly recommended if you want some interesting and thrilling books in which to lose yourself for a few days.

- Yumi - Canberra, 19 August 2008

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J'ai lu le premier tome, suite à l'incessante obsession qu'une connaissance, lors d'un voyage à la mer, qui, plongé du lever au coucher de soleil, sous la pallapa, dévorait les pages...des 3 romans..en une semaine! Bref, j'en conviens; excellent policier, qui tient en haleine, bien écrit. Un page turner, comme on dirait en bon français! Mais pas le chef d'oeuvre attendu...

- André, 18 August 2008

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