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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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nice book u hav written

- , 4 September 2010

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I love you!!!! <3

- faff, 2 September 2010

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I'm half way through the first book, and I love it! Even though I'm still only a young teen, I find the books a great read. My only hope is that Hollywood doesn't kill this book like it has with so many others!

- Jamie, 2 September 2010

Don't worry, the books are immortal, immune to Hollywood's screwups. Get the Swedish films and forget the forthcoming American ones.

- Dr. Willy, USA, 19 September 2010

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I am suffering from sleep-deprivation---- I CANNOT PUT HIS BOOKS DOWN! What a writer---what suspense.I I cannot wait for the movie to come out!

(What a pity he died, never knowing how the world has embraced his first three books.

- philipe110@aol.com, 1 September 2010

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Please le hert finish the books

- , 31 August 2010

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The books and the Swedish movies are excellent. I cannot understand why Hollywood would remake the Dragon movie when the Swedish one was so well crafted. It will be interesting to see what Fincher does with the material and how Mara handles the role of Lisbeth. Craig is a good choice for the male role.

- Ed, 31 August 2010

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I cannot believe that the publisher will not allow these books to be sold in digital form in Canada. With this medium rapidly becoming the one of choice, how long do we have to be ripped off in this country?

- Maxwell, 30 August 2010

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Just finished the first book in the trilogy and I can't wait to dig into the next! Sad that the author died because I know I'll want more!

- tanstaafl28, 28 August 2010

Me, too. I raced through all three

!!!!!!!!!!!!111 Wow, what a crying shame that he is dead.

Casey Carlson

- , 30 August 2010

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Great book, great trhiller. just red the firts book. Yesturday I bought the other two books.

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The problem is taht I havent seen the movie"The girl with the dragon tatto", it hasnt came yet to Monterrey, Mexico. Cant wait for it.

- Abraham, 26 August 2010

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read first two books and saw the original film, love the books and loved Noomi Rapace, she's just as I imagined Lisbeth. Hope she continues to play the part again.

- charlotte, 26 August 2010

Just read further down and seems like the other books have been turned into films, I'm not interested in the Hollywood remake either, they usually make a pigs ear out of it, I'll be seeing the swedish originals.

- Charlotte - uk, 26 August 2010

I agree. Wil the Hollywood remake be well crafted or just a vehicle to make money on the book's fame.!

- Ed, 31 August 2010

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