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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 rarely read anything, but have just finished part 2 - I am hooked and hugely impressed with how gripping and involved his writing style is, I have been totally immersed and cant wait to get reading part 3.

So sad that family and his partner have fallen out, they should be together celebrating what was a massive talent.

Thank your for the books Stieg, may you rest in peace and here's hoping your family reconcile with Eva.

- Tom, London, 17 January 2011

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All three novels such gripping and superbly written.. just unputtdownable...I read them into the night...the problem now is what should I read next...possibly nothing comes close....it is so unfortunate that such a great story teller did not live to see the success of his work.

- Rohit, Bangalore, India, 16 January 2011

There is a Norgwegian author called Jo Nesbo who is said to be the next Steig Laarson. I have read 'The Snowman', and, although, I didn't find the characters as engaging, It was a damm good read. I am looking forward to reading more of his books. I think he has written about 5, more than enough you keep us busy

- JoFan, 22 January 2011

Read 'Aztec', and "The Journeyer' by Gary Jennings. I guarantee many sleepless nights.

- Marc Broussard Groton Ma., 28 January 2011

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after reading the trilogy my book club commented..."now what are we going to do!!!!....we have yet to come off the high....

- ann ramey boyd, chattanooga,tn., 15 January 2011

agree. it is a bit like a high and I'm looking for my next fix.

- debiji, 27 January 2011

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Truly a brilliant man. .. sad to be lost of him... my Mother gave me the first one I started it on Jan. 2, and finished on Jan. 6, but only because I'd had to work. On Friday, I got the 2nd and 3rd ... read #2 in 2 days,,, finished #3 last night... again.. work... whatever else this genious man has written needs to be published and not hidden away ! Hope it gets done, I eagerly await... Blessed Be - Anni

- Anni, 14 January 2011

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We lost a brilliant mind too soon. I hope that we don't lose what is left here of him to greed.

- katelyn, 12 January 2011

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This whole thing that Eva can't get the righs from Stieg's (RIP) brother and father is so stupid! they need to be like overrulled or something,they are bieng selfish and so immature,they don't deserve the rights or anything of his...let her finish the book so we can all enjoy it

- Jazz, 11 January 2011

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These books are written for me. All the respect for Stieg Larsson.

sincerely,

Harmke

Rebellious in the name of Beauty

- xyzQQQ777, 9 January 2011

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If Eva truly worked hand-in-hand with Stieg on his reporting and then on his novels, she surely is the one to finish at least the one book which is nearly complete. She deserves the right and should have it. Stieg's father and brother seem much too selfish about this. Can anyone attest to whether they were or were not close to Stieg when he was alive? It would be great to read and to see the sequel.

- NH Landas, Greece, NY, 9 January 2011

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Please, can anyone help me with the meaning of the title of the third book, that originally means "The queen of the castle of air!

- Thais, 8 January 2011

"The air castle that was blown up" is the correct translating of the original title I think. A swindle that is exposed and hopefully swept away.

- John, 9 January 2011

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I bought all three books and then bought the two movies. I think I've never read a more interesting and exciting novel. One of the things I enjoyed about the movies was that I had never seen the actors before and they played the parts perfectly. Noomi Rapace is absolutely perfect for the part of Salander. She made it so over the top and believable. I just don't think that the American version will be as good. It was the unknown author and actors that made it so exciting. I was right there with them all the way through the story, couldn't stop reading or watching. Thank you.

- Mick Jardine s.l.c., Utah, 5 January 2011

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