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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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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 boards 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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"dragon tattoo" = dynomite book -- movie just kept coming at you - excellent!!!

- Yvonne M, 24 November 2010

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I am a fan of the books and the movies as well. I dread the thought of Hollywood messing up with the remakes which will certainly won't be as faithful to the books as the swedish movies were. There will be car chases of course, too much gore, too much sex and I hate to imagine what Lisbeth will look like ... redone with "the Hollywood touch" !

- Lyse Middleton, 23 November 2010

I agree. I hope they stay true to Lisbeth's real character!

- An., 28 November 2010

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"The Girl who kicked the Hornets Nest iis riveting. Nooni Rapace is a wonderful, actress. The underlying book is tight and spellbinding. We have seen the Trilogy. Though we are not sure if Hollywood would do justice to a remake.

Good luck to Eva Gabrielson who shared Steig's life and the threats to her life to obtain her fair share of the successful films.

- Lilo Werner, 23 November 2010

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I absolutely loved the books the characters were captivating. Lisabeth Salander was exceptional in everything she did and stood for. We all have a streak of her morality to indentify with. I loved her stubbornness. So sad the author died unexpectantly, he is extraordinary in telling a tale of intrigue and getting you to love the characters. I hope book number 4 was almost complete. Ten books of that caliber would have been amazing.

- L. Rainy, 22 November 2010

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Have just finished the third book of the trilogy, read 'til 4.30 this morning. I think it is the best I have ever read. I don't think anyone could play salander better than Noomi Rapace. What a brilliant actor. Bring on No 4. Stieg Larsson... what a loss

Jutta...... Australia...

- , 22 November 2010

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oh wow, i just finished reading the 3rd book i was hooked stayed up till 6am and hardly could put the book down, what an amaizing collection, is by far the best crime novel collection i have ever read,,it kind of makes you wish lisbeth salander was a real character and that she was your friend, that is how good it was!! i woul loveeeeeeeeeeeeee for the 4th book to be publish!! what a shame stieg had to die before finishing an amaizing story! sandy & micke!!!

- kelly, 22 November 2010

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I am on book three - the girl that kicked the hornets nest. I don't remember every being so hooked on a series of books before - I can't get out of the car when I get to work or when I get home - IM HOOKED!!!

I would die for a fourth book....

- Ronda - San Pedro, 20 November 2010

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I'm about 10 pages from the end of the last book. It's been way too long since I have been so captivated by a book. The books have such sadness underlying them how the author could not see what a success they have become. (and on a selfish note, that there will be no more Mikeal Bloody Blomvist.

- Christopher Dean, 18 November 2010

couldn't agree with you more...

- Kay Steffen, 20 November 2010

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I have read only the first two books and waiting for the third one.and I'm hooked.What a marvellous story.I could'nt believe Mr.Larsson is no more.

- john mathew, 17 November 2010

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I'm from the South East Asia and after reading all 3 books I told my friends there should be a 4th book. Nobody thought so here in the East, but I'm proved right after logging into the internet today to do my own research! Hope someone, or even Eva will continue writing as we are so hooked to Salander's story!

- Margareth Ang, 17 November 2010, 17 November 2010

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