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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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I'm fascinated with Larsson's stories. I read the first book and I loved it. I bought the second one and I'm - what a surprise ! - completely addicted in it. My wife tells me that "I only be happy when I finish it". I'm afraid that in the end of the trilogy I'll be very sad because Stieg Larsson's couldn't write any other words. The caracther of Lisbeth Salander is the 21st century fiction heroin.

- Ricardo Pereira, Setúbal (Portugal), 23 September 2010

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Great Book!, i've just finished readind the first book and i can't wait to read the others! i can't beilive Stieg Larsson died, too bad.

- An - Lima, Perú, 23 September 2010

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I fell in love with Mikeal. The Millennium series is a very good fiction to read, very captivating. I now find it hard to appreciate other books after reading the series. I'm sorry to hear that the author would never be able to produce more books. He is actually immortalized by his Millennium series books.

- RochelleMarie, 22 September 2010

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I have read all three Larsson books and have seen the Swedish films of the first two. This trilogy is an amazing reading experience, and it is a tragedy that Stieg is no longer with us. Yes, there are minor problems with the writing and the translation, but it goes to show once more that in the case of a terrific story (the 2nd & 3rd books take up where the previous one left off, so the three are really one long story.) small shortcomings in the details can be easily forgiven. Time constraints prohibit putting all of a book's material into a film, but Noomi Rapace is the perfect Lizbeth. If I can't read more Larsson novels, I at least want to see Noomi in other films. As for the American remakes of the films? Thanks, but I'll give them a miss.

- D. Morrison, Tennessee, USA, 19 September 2010

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I have just discovered this truly amazing author to find out that he no longer exists !!!.... What a shock to my system.... Hornets nest really opened my eyes ... soooo much going on that we know nothing about in every country's politics....soooo much bullshit !!... Now I shall hunt down all the other books, few as they are.

- Linda Denham-Botha Capetown S.A, 14 September 2010

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I wish there were more books and that he hadn't died so young. Just love them and am now into the last one. Will really miss these when I'm done.

Love how he describes Grenada in the 2nd book - and quite accurately, may I add, since we live here. Apparently, he visited here a few times and was quite familiar with it. I wish that Grenada would have been depicted in the 2nd movie. I think it's really rubbish that Hollywood is remaking these. Almost every time Hollywood decides to remake something that ain't broke, they mess it up. That's what they did with the BBC version of "Pride and Prejudice". Every. Single. Time. "Death at a Funeral" also. The Swedish version is great and they should just leave it at that.

- Negin, 12 September 2010

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AGAIN THERE IS A 4TH BOOK ON HOLD BY EVA GABRIELSSON BUT SINCE

SHE HAS NOT RECEIVED A PENNY YET SHE HAS TO BORROW MONEY SO SHE CAN PAY FOR LEGAL ACTIONS AGAINST HER ESTRANGED FATHER IN LAW,WHO HAS RECEIVED ALL MONEY'S SO FAR. SHE NEEDS TO

PROTECT HER RIGHTS AND PROTECT HER LAST BOOK SHE CO-WROTE

MAYBE WE CAN ASSIST HER IN HER FIGHT WHAT YOU YOU THINK??

- MARIANNI, 12 September 2010

She has only the first 200 pages

- Rob, 12 September 2010

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I wish he was still with us.

Imagine a whole series of books about Blomkvist and Lisbeth!

... He may have written another book and hid it somewhere :-)

anyway those 3 books are just AWESOME. Stieg was a genius.

- Rob, 12 September 2010

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The Cheltenham Film Festival is showing all 3 films back-to-back on the 1st October 2010 - www.cheltenhamfilmfestival.com - looks like it'll be an amazing opportunity to go and watch all of these amazing books in one go!

- Martin, 11 September 2010

Films..... Wow ! can we get them here in Capetown ?

- Linda Denham-Botha 14 sept 2010, 14 September 2010

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Me encantaron los 3 libros, espero que llegue pronto las peliculas a Mexico

- Celina, 9 September 2010

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