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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

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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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In what order should I read the books???

- Apryl, 9 December 2010

Nevermind I just figured it out but please respond if I am wrong.

!st- The girl with the dragon tattoo

2nd- The girl who played w/fire

3rd- The girl who kicked the hornets nest

Am I right if not please let me know.

Thanks!!!!

- Apryl, 9 December 2010

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I was so sad when I finished Hornets' Nest and had to part company with Ms. Salander, I have a big time crush on her. Fantastic reading. Does anybody know where I can get What Would Lisbeth Do bracelets? Need them for Christmas gifts. Thanks.

- Tim Mullins, 7 December 2010

Hello I just got introduced to these books but I want to read them in the right order, so can someone please tell me what order that is thank you very much for your time and patience.

- Apryl, 9 December 2010

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i really loved the books, and studied sections of them. i hope readers will realize that while the books are highly 'entertaining', there's a whole lot of the content that is based on truth-the viciousness of the psyche ward system, it's total control, what it does to children, that there is a traffic in women from the Ukraine and other east europen conuntries, that politicians routinely are involved, and that male supremacy is not dead-only right now in the U.S., women are involved in it's administration also.

- beatrice pogin, 7 December 2010

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Maybe I missed it, but why does lisbeth have a tatoo of a dragon...I only read the first book

- Jam, 6 December 2010

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Just completed the first of the Millemium series. Outstanding. Riveting reading

- John Pegden, 5 December 2010

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In my adult life I've rarely read novels. I began reading the first novel, (tattoo) and then read all three within a three week span. Great reading, really a page turner, each one. Too bad Larsson is no longer with us.

- Ted, 4 December 2010

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Best books I've ever read in my life by far! You are hot Nooni.xx

- Dee from Australia, 30 November 2010

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Love them and can't put the books down!

Delilah in Milpitas

- Delilah Manriquez, 30 November 2010

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I've just read all 3 books. Very sad that there will be no more from this talented author. But I'm stunned that this brilliant couple did not foresee the legal mess that Eva is in right now. What kind of community property rights are "the norm" in Sweden when a couple make a decision to co-habitate? Do they consider community property rights at all before they make a decision to work and live together?

- Dorothea Couzens- California, 28 November 2010

I'm sorry Dorthea but I feel the way you do. Can you say the word GREED on the brother and father's part! The sadder thing is Eva not agreeing to finish and release the 4 book. She had to be inside of Stieg's head after editing the first 3 books. Who better to finish the 4th book. I could think of several American writers who could maybe do it justice but that would never happen, Dean Koontz or James Patterson. Eva at the least deserves a 1/3 share of any royalties from the books ot movies. We just watched the 2nd movie and it was as good as the first.

I'm still reading the "Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest" and the 3rd movie is pre-ordered from Amazon for a Jan. 2011 release in DVD.

- John Johnsen - USA, 12 December 2010

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Great actress with great film theme, like her character and even greater trilogy. And if there fourth book, which I doubt, but I would understand why not hustle for another great success...

- Maozedong, 26 November 2010

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