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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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The best books I've read in a long time. They are simply amazing ! I'm reading the second one in the serie and I intend to finish it tonight. I can't wait to start the third. (Too bad some on this board are killing the intrigue by revealing information though !)

- Denise - Canada, 4 November 2010

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So, at least we now know what happened to Mikael fucking Blomkvist - heart attack (Sapo knows how to do such things?). Such a tragedy I feel in my heart as the loss of a family member who was better than any of us knew. Thanks Mikael, or Stieg, however you want it. Wish you were here

- Robert & Tucker, 4 November 2010

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Love Stieg Larsson!

Hope his wife will let them finish the fourth book though.

But no one can write in the way Stieg did, it´s a unique way!

Can anyone manage to end that book in his kind of way???

The Swedish films are great, will be interesting how the American versions will be. We have films of all three books in Sweden already.

I look forward to that first film of the first book.

If you haven´t read the book yet, I highly recommend ppl to do that.

- Heli-Maria, Sweden., 4 November 2010

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It stops here! Larsson strikes a chord. Damn I wish he would"nt have smoke so much. His insight on issues dealing with a persons individual rights knocks my socks off.

-, 3 November 2010

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Felt the movie left too much out. Book was much much better. If you had not read the book I think it would have been hard to follow the story. The Actress was a bit disappointing as not what or how I pictured Lisbeth in the book. Loved all the books. Could not put them down once started.

- ellen, 3 November 2010

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All 3 books are great.......after a very long time I came across crime thrillers that I just could not put down until the last page had been turned. I really hope that Lisbeth Salander continues to live on through more books in this series.......the character is good if not better than 007!

- Avinash Varma, 2 November 2010

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From an American overwhelmed by these Millenium books and films. The synchronization

of subtitles to actual film frame was so very well done!

It is a crying shame that Holllywood is going to ruin this wonderful work of art!!! So rare are books adapted to the big screen with such accuracy!

KUDOS to Mr. Larsson (posthumously) and all involved!!!

- Milton A. Webb, 2 November 2010

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Superb novel (The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo)!!!! Could not put it down once started. Have started the second novel and am already totally engrossed.

- Charles, 30 October 2010

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Some of the best works I've ever read!

- Dana, 28 October 2010

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I suppose it might depend on whether she has any expertise as a writer in considering whether Gabrielsson might finish this 4th novel.. Simply being the chosen mate of a writer confers absolutely NO qualifications to continue the work of Larsson. What on earth is the push to finish the "unfinished". Leave the man's life work as it is without others tinkering with the material and trying to read the author's deceased mind. Ridiculous!

- Detective Fiction Fan, 28 October 2010

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