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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

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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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how did he die?

- , 8 September 2010

He died from an heart attack in his office in november 2004. His office was located at the seventh floor and one morning the elevator was out of order. He walked the stairs and when he reached his office his heart stopped.

Sad end for a great man. Rest In Peace.

- Thomas, 10 September 2010

Do we know for sure that he died of a heart attack? He was editor in chief of a magazine, that , like Blomkvist, was exposing secrets about Sapo. Could they have murdered him and made it look like a heart attack in the Swedish news?

- Tamar, 20 September, 2010, 21 September 2010

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just finished reading all 3 books. it's very exciting, unputdownable. Stayed up a lot of nights reading one book after another. Too bad that I can't read anymore this series.

- kitamura, 8 September 2010

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Am almost finished with Hornets nest and can't believe the fact that this is the end! I have not been able to put these books down. I do hope someone is allowed to finish #4 book. Loved every minute of each book.

- Jennyf, 8 September 2010

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Just finished reading the first book, and I absoluty loved it! My birthday is arriving Friday and I think I will treat myself to the other two books. :) I really wish this brilliant mind was still alive.

- sarakiima, 8 September 2010

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I just finished his last book, and I think it's a shame that the man died with his series unfinished. He had so much talent, and I hope that the legal dispute between his partner, brother, and father. I hope more of his books can be released, his last posthumous legacy.

- , 7 September 2010

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I'm now reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest and I'm devastated that Larsson cannot write another book. How's that for being selfish. Damn him, dying like that. But bless him for what he left us and what he did while he was alive.

- Mitzi Flyte, 6 September 2010

LOL! I agree..im mad at him too.

- sindy, 8 September 2010

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Are the cars all the right vintage? Some looked too modern?

The scenery for Australia was wrong. The geology of the mountain range was too rugged.( A bit like the Kimberley's and Northern Territory, or gorges in the MacDonnell Ranges (around Alice Springs); however it just looked like Spain, not Australia. Certainly not sheep country.

My aunt lived in Uppsala. I was offered her holiday home on Arholma (which is totally left out of the film?). However, living in Australia, I would not have had many chances to use it (or pay Swedish taxes), so I gave it to my aunt's son (deceased) best friend,Per-Erik Hallin. I visited my aunt a couple of times in Stockholm and Uppsala. My parents were Estonian and I have also been to Tallinn.I found the locations in the novels very exciting, because of these connections.

- HPardeey, 5 September 2010

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I just finished reading his 1st book, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.. Awesome. I can hardly wait to read his next, The Girl who Played with Fire.. Wow.. He is something else..

thanks...

- s.veitenheimer, 5 September 2010

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