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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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Great books!

- gagakov58@gmail.com, 4 October 2010

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Hey, I looked in your store but cannot find the newly released extended edition dvds.

- Maria, 3 October 2010

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I'm now a little more than halfway through "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and I can't believe it took me this long to get around to reading it! I'm having trouble putting the book down to get back to work. What incredible work Stieg did, creating his characters and plot.

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- Tim Martin, 1 October 2010

I think I cheated a bit because I got the audio book and wow house work have never been so pleasurable once I finished I got The girl who played with fire I was not dissapointed. I am about to get The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest. I look forward to it.

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- Ann Marie ChapmanBennett, 10 October 2010

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In the girl who kicked the Hornets Nest. The police took the safety of the Sig Sour. A Sig Sour does not have a safety. I have one.

- Michael T, 29 September 2010

If you had one you would know it's Sig Sauer.

And although most don't have a manual lever type safety some do.

- ., 4 October 2010

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Please read my full review of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at http://rohanayyar.wordpress.com. Please feel free to vote/comment.

- Rohan, 28 September 2010

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I had read the books but after reading Steig Larsson and the way he came about introducing Lisbeth, he deserved worse that a heart attack. Watching his friends Gang Rape a girl named Lisbeth when he was 14 and doing NOTHING. Too bad Lisbeth wasn't like the character he based her on and well, she could have shot Steig Larsson then as well as his friends who gang raped her.

- Natasha, 28 September 2010

Is this true?

- Maria, 3 October 2010

He was young, and probably confused and traumatized, and spent the rest of his life as a result attempting to combat violence of all sorts, including against women. At least he gave a shit, and did more to combat violence than I'm sure the self-righteous Natasha has. Lovely comment to make in a forum where the man's family or friends could read it.

- Marianne, 5 October 2010

It is very easy for an individual of 28 to stand in judgement on someone of 14, and it is also easy to say we would do things differently hindsight is a gift we all would cherish. At least he was was able to show he was human with flaws. Dont stand in judgment

- Ann Marie, 10 October 2010

honestly, that natasha woman should be smacked. a 14 year old kid would have NO CLUE what to do in that situation, especially if they were supposedly his "good friends". obviously he felt guilty enough already for that tragic occurence, therefor, SHUT UP NATASHA!!!

- kurt., 15 October 2010

Go Marianne!

- Sam, 22 May 2011

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Check out the trailer for 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest' here: http://bit.ly/aQywG6

- jazz, 28 September 2010

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I think that the actions of the Swedish Government in this fiction piece of work once again shows the abuses that people in power can rweek on ordinary people and that when an article about a person appears syaing basicly that they are crooks or a lot worse that we should take the accusations with a grain of salt untill all accusations are proven.

- V.J.franks,Jr., 27 September 2010

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What happened to the twin sister? Where was she?

- lovedthebooks, 27 September 2010

what twin sister?

- Eli, 8 January 2012

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The character Lisbeth Salander is definitely what makes Stieg Larsson`s Millennium series so gripping. She is a character that the reader is compelled to sympathise with. Her tribulations latch onto your visceral clutch, pulling the reader along an emotional rollercoaster where you hope she will find happiness and a sense of right in the world.

So I admit as a reader I was disappointed when at the end of the third novel when Mikael Blomkvist gets together with a `Hollywood? style blonde bimbo instead of the heroine who is in all our hearts. Until I thought more about it. Given her psychology she will definitely end up with an older man like Mikael ? all the stable males in her life, her guardian, her boss, Mikael, the boxer, are all older.

Thinking about it as a writer and not a reader for a moment, I realized Stieg Larsson was right not to throw these two protagonists together in the end. Both characters are too promiscuous for a long term relationship. Yes, as a reader, I felt cheated out of my emotional catharsis; but I believe it would be more true to her character if her love interest ended up as more of a White Knight than a Player.

I believe too he should have some dark secret in his past that Salander cannot uncover. Perhaps if he also was a hacker and altered the documents ? always one step ahead of her so that she is annoyed with him. And if he left a tell-tale signature behind ? like typos that spelled out Wasp or the number code for it.

Mainly I believe this is a story that needs to be finished. It would be a crime against Arts if the last seven books in the series were not written. And not by the writer of screen plays, but by a novelist.

- Allan Lacoursiere, 25 September 2010

I like your insight into possible arteries this story could have taken and still could be taken given the twists these stories encompass. Another writere shoudlbe able to take up the helm and complete the last seven books.

- Christine Crossingham, Australia, 29 September 2010

Allan Lacoursiere, 25 September 2010 Thank you for your eloquent words for Stieg Larsson?s trilogy and your insight as a writer. I read these books this summer and could not put them down. I too, was disappointed that Mikael and Lisbeth were not together in the end of the third book, but your thoughts on the matter make sense to me. I can?t wait for the fourth book. Does anyone know of an expected release date?

- Debra NPU Chicago, 1 October 2010

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