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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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I started the trilogy with the second book The girl who played with fire, because in the public library of my small town the first one was already out and many people were waiting to read it. I'll not wait any longer: i'll go to the book shop this afternoon to buy the first book of the trilogy Uomini che odiano le donne in the italian translation. And I will borrow it to my mother, who made me discover the incredible world of Mr Larsson. I hope everybody who will read these books will have all the fun and suspence I had!!!

- Beatrice - Modena Italy, 5 August 2008

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Man kan bare ikke stoppe, naar man foerst er begyndt. Starter paa "Luftkastellet som spraengdes" nu, og blev faerdig med "Pigen som legede med ilden imorges".

Det er fabelagtigt skrevet.. Ganske enkelt bjergtagende og uimodstaaeligt.....

- EJ, 5 August 2008

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"Behind Stieg Larsson was a woman who shared his life and love for 32 years. When he died Stieg's familly took everything over from her, leaving her nothing.

When you buy his books you sadly sponsor this awful betrayal"

So "truth", what can we do? Not reading his books?, send her the money personally? What? Give us ideas! Not only criticism.

By the way, I've just finished the first book, really amazing! Waiting for the the other two impatiently!!

Thank you very much Mr. Larsson, and your wife for her longtime support. Hope she's doing alright.

- Spanish reader, 2 August 2008

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just finished the second volume, i loved Lisbeth and her intelligence.. What can I read now after that??!?

Michela, Rome, Italy

- Michela, Rome, 30 July 2008

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Just read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and have read it in a day as unable to put it down. Looking forwards to getting the other two books. Brilliant.

- Jane Wilson England, 27 July 2008

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Finished reading the trilogy (French version) tonight. Storytelling and suspense I cannot remember to have experienced yet. Lost some hours of sleep, well worth it.

You may recognise Stockholm and the swedish society. I'm truly sorry that Stieg does not live to see the success.

Applause to the translators!

- Thomas, 24 July 2008

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Shattering book, ive already read all 3 books (German version) 3 books in 1 year!! normally i don't read at all. BEST seller indeed

- Ramses, 23 July 2008

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Just finished the first book.Great read cant wait for the other two books.

- Roger,St Ives Cornwall, 23 July 2008

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Half way through the 1st book-just a great read..Looking forward to the second and third. Shame we have to wait so long for the translation.

-Alison ,Brisbane Australia 23rdJuly 2008

- alison, 23 July 2008

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I've just finished the second book and I'm waiting for the translation of the third...yes, you could not leave the book.

- Valeria Maselli, 22 July 2008

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