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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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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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wonderful reading...could not put it down....fell in love with both M and L and feel sad to think of Steig early death...shall look forward to speaking in Heaven...Harriet, Sydney Australia

- HARRIET CUMING, 17 July 2008

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I just started reading an ARC of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (to be released in US 9/08) and I can't put it down. Terrific writer. What a shame that he's gone.

- Rosemary Harris, 15 July 2008

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Hi,I'm writing from South Africa.I have an Asperger daughter of 14 years-so I knew very early on that Lisbet is an Asperger.Wondered if Stieg was an Aspie as well.He understood them sooo well...As Afrikaans language speaker only the English is readable to me.It is cruel to have to wait so long for further issues.Hope people will understand more about the amazing yet VERY painful Aspergers syndrome.Truly gifted people that really suffer in a neurotypical world.

- Marlene Wessels-du Toit, 15 July 2008

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The books are good, but:

1) Too much subliminal left wing propaganda.

2) Too much uncalled for, casual, sex.

3) Undue justification of the, abnormal, "goth" look. Lisbeth S. was pierced, tatooed, and a latent lesbian.

4) Needless promotion of cigarette smoking.

- Chris Beynch, 9 July 2008

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Interesting that the titles of his tri is so different from country to country.

In Danish: "Mænd der hader kvinder" translated to: "Men who hates women". In English: "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo". Originally: "Män som hatar kvinnor" translated to yet again: "Men who hates women"... any other variations out there?

- Janne, 8 July 2008

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His books is fantastic! I have never been much of a reader, specialy not crime, but this is just fantastic! I couldnt go to sleep for many nights, just because I had to finnish it! :-) I fell truly in love with both Mikael and Lisbet, and I am so sad to think of the fact that I am never going to "meet" them again... R.I.P Stieg Larsson, and when I come to heaven I hope that you can tell moore!

- Lene, 3 July 2008

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I am reading the 1st book of the Trilogy, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" - a truly intreuging and fascinating story... had to google the author to find out what happened to end the life of such an amazing author.. what a shame. I cant wait for the second book and then the third! Aussie chic Deb M, 1st July '08

- deb M, 1 July 2008

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These books are the most captivating I've ever read, and the language is like no other.

- Mike, 30 June 2008

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These books are incredible... I've never been so captivated by these kind of books, but Millenium is like a drug ^^ when you begin, you can't stop until the end... all the polar are written like the english and american authors do, but Millenium is a peculiar book: is the athmosphere an "swedish" athmosphere ? I love... there is no words (and I'm not so good to express such a feelings in english ^^) to describe what Millenium is... maybe one: an alien :)

- Marie, 26 June 2008

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I have just read all three books in danish. I fully agree, that it amazing. I think that Stieg was right about, that he could match the Wallander-stories by Henning Mankell, another fine swedish writer.

So sad, that Stieg died so young. I hope all the best for his girl-friend in this dreadful farce about the fruits of his work.

- erling, 24 June 2008

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