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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 wonder what Larsson thought about the fascism of the muslims who are now threatening his country.

- renegada, 30 December 2010

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Please tell me how Lisbeth Salander's fingerprints turned up on the murder weapon in the book "Played with Fire." It may well have been late into the night while I was reading the passages which explained that one... and it didn't register.

- Karin Barro, 30 December 2010

When she was searching B's apt and opened one of the drawers she saw his gun there.

The book didn't specifically say that she handled it but it was obvious that she would have picked it up. (Certainly in retrospect)

- Duh?, 31 December 2010

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Can anyone tell me where to find a Spanish translation of the Trilogy?

- Huge One, 30 December 2010

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I was flying out of Cardiff (Wales) and rushed to the book store for something to read for the travel ahead.

Picked up the second of the millennium series (should have had my glasses on - missed the part detailing the millennium series in small type) - Once bought could not put the book down.

Now have the first and third in the series (for Christmas) and bought the full series for my eldest son who is in Norway for the New Year. Relishing the thought of reading these

I share Bill's comments below - says it all.

With the Wikileaks story coming out hot the heels of my finishing the book makes me wonder -

Did Stieg Larsson know Assanger (of Wilileaks)?

- Rob, South Wales, 29 December 2010

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M. Larson,

Thank you so much for Lizbeth Salinder and how she inspires me in the though times I'm going through. Your work means a lot to me and helps me a lot to find the courage to get through all that. Just wanted you to know that not only you created a magistral trilogy, but that it also helped a woman somewhere... and many many more, I'm sure.

Merci!

- MEP, Canada, 29 December 2010

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I just love his books; wish he'd lived longer to write all ten.

- Judy Coolidge-Fill, 28 December 2010

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Just finished reading The Girl Who Played With Fire, was a very good story, and looking forward to reading The Girl Who Kicked the Horner's Nest

- Diane Knecht, USA, 28 December 2010

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an extra special thanks to the brilliance of both larsson and the translators to english. the characters and plots come across with simple clatrity while the turmoil within the characters themselves roils just beneath the surface ready to explode in either sexuality or moral indignation. steig manages to bring all the brooding mind-fuck of the bergmann era to reflect in the wonderfully simple cases he unfolds with the most complicated human resources. i hope the filmmakers do not end up giving us a "holmesian" re-hash of the pot-boiler detective series or invent any "watsons" as sidekicks. good luck to them though i don't envy them the job any more than that of the translators who by the way get far too few plaudits for their efforts and should be recognized by publishers with an award or their own from the industry.

- gert a. rutters design_gar@shaw.ca, 27 December 2010

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i love larsen's writing.

he is fresh and handles words like a true craftsman.

he has great descriptive power and precision.

i recommend him to all readers for insight and excitement.

i am on his third and last book - all are great reads.

- bill, 24 December 2010

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Does -gatan mean anything in Swedish? Some of the locations written in the novels are Gotgatan, Lundagatan, St. Paulsgatan...

- joanna, manila, 23 December 2010

gatan means street :)

- Elina, 25 December 2010

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