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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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I started reading the book "the girl with the dragon tattoo" and ralize that some pages are missing a paragraph or two (pages 219-250). I bought the book while on vacationin the US - I do not live there. Please help!!

- margspice1@hotmail.com, 10 augusti 2012

Contact the publisher and they should replace it. I had the same thing happen with a different book years ago. Stieg Larsson's books are too good not to read every word! Good luck.

- Chris, 20 augusti 2012

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A new play (and possible TV Docu-drama) has been written by an Australian that features a very young Stig Larsson (before he changed his name) talking to Norman Borlaug, an American plant pathologist who arrives in Oslo to receive the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Through a long discussion with Stieg, Borlaug describes the story of his life’s work and the history of two German chemists, who created the first chemical fertiliser in 1908. The three were linked by their important contributions to feeding the world’s growing population and saving hundreds of millions of lives.

Stieg Larsson provides Noble – Nobel’s denouement thirty years after that night of deep discussion with Borlaug in Oslo. Larsson and his long time partner Eva examine their traumatic life together culminating in Stieg’s premature death and his posthumous recognition as an exceptional writer of fiction.

Stieg Larsson provides Noble – Nobel’s denouement thirty years after that night of deep discussion with Borlaug in Oslo. Larsson and his long time partner Eva examine their traumatic life together culminating in Stieg’s premature death and his posthumous recognition as an exceptional writer of fiction.

- Felix Carlyle, 25 juli 2012

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German Titels for stig salanders Books

- Name/signature, 16 juli 2012

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I HAVE FINISHED TRILOGY....AND HAVE NOT READ ANY STORY WHICH IS SPREAD OVER MORE THAN 2000 PAGES,COULD GRIP YOU

SO VERY STRONGLY THAT YOU CAN'T PUT ASIDE TILL YOU OVER WITH LAST PAGE.THRILL,NAIL BITING SITUATIONS.FICTION OF HIGHEST STANDARD,,,,,, BRILLIANT.

- RIKHAV VORA...MUMBAI, INDIA, 14 juli 2012

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Saw both versions of the movie, read the second book and am now reading the third which is almost three inches thick. I love them all. I loved what Lisbeth did to her guardian rapist. Wish more women would do that. In my opinion, Stieg is the best author I've ever read. Previously it was John Sandford, with Lee Child, James Patterson, John Grisham, and Johnathan Kellerman, in that order, as my other favorites. At the age of 68, I am now trying to write my own serial killer novel and my autobiography.

- Garrett Anderson, N.J., 13 juli 2012

Garrett, I have read all of JS'S books. I wish Stieg had taken the time to get a physical, and write a will. If he had done the first; he might still be alive, and writing; the second, and we could have read the fourth book. I have read all the authors above except Lee Child; since I love the others. thanks!

- Lem Pitts, LA, 1 september 2012

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This series is just brilliant. I am in love with all the characters..The development of each main character is just pure genius. These people actually make these books breathe...you can feel it ...parts of the story just had me so mesmerized and at some point I had to put them down.. walk away .. the excitement of returning to them and the twists and turns...I don't ever want them to end...!!! RIP Mr Larsson ..I only wish he could enjoy and marinate in his success. My all time favorite books.. and that says a lot .. I read , drink, smell, live books !

- eMe, 3 juli 2012

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I am Scottish and the Swedish subtitled "The girl with the dragon tatto" was on tv here. For over 2 and a half hours I watched a brilliant film. It had an excellent storyline that kept me on the edge of my seat. What I don't understand is why the english version gets all the plaudits when the original Swedish version is by far the best, having seen them both. I am now hooked on this story and I will now get part 2 and 3. I am so sorry Steig is no longer with us because he would keep us dragon junkies fed!! Brilliant, what more can I say??

- Name/signature, 22 juni 2012

Having read the book and seen both movies I have to say the US version was closer to the book than the Swedish. Both were done very well and casted superbly but the US version just seemed to capture the story a bit better. Neither measure up to the book.

- Name/signature, 23 juni 2012

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With all the attention to detail, it is disappointing that the firearm information is incorrect. Colt has never made a "Colt .45 magnum" nor a 9mm 1911 model. The descriptions of "hunting ammunition" and ""hollow body bullets" are incorrect as well. Blatant and irritating errors in an otherwise good piece of work. What other rese

- , 18 June 2012

Thank you for pointing these errors out. You are correct.

- D Hortan, Reno, NV, USA, 18 June 2012

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Wow Chris and Jayne, are you the elitist group that Chris speaks of and Jayne feels gives her the right to pigeon hole people. Certainly sounds like it. In the US all not a few are entitled to and given an education and encouraged to and supported to go on to higher educational levels if that is their choice. If the education here is so substandard why do so many countries in Europe and Asia provide funds for thier students to study here graduate and postgraduate work here. Also, the Communist Party is a recognized political party in this country as well. All governments are a fusion of ideas that have crossed the centuries. In fact Chris our healthcare system as it exists now has embraced many socialistic policies, some of which have worked some of which have not. Every country and government has it;s faults and mistakes, scandals and successes. Perhaps your area of study about the US should include more than 'facts' and preconceived judgements given in tabloids. (How does that sit with you.) Not too well I'll bet. Jayne, in using the word Redneck it's obvious you prefer to lump people into catagories Using words that can be derogatory reinforces the impression that you like to place yourself abovve others. Americans may still be confused about the two isms you mentioned but in reality both devolved in recent history into something barely resembling the original ideologies. Negative experiences for many citizens US and otherwise. It is so tedious to hear about the ignorant, undereducated, snobby, self serving, hedonistic Americans who are so clueless about other cultures and countries. There are as many types of cultures representedin NYC citizen's alone as exist in the world. We are not as naiive as many seemed to believe. Nor as intolerant. Propaganda by the way is hardly an American invention. It too has spanned the centuries and millenia in fact. Socialism is not necessarilly a synonym for Communism so are you even talking about the same thing/

- , 12 June 2012

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Never a crime novel fan (and chary of anything remotely violent), I still wanted to see what the fuss was about. Utterly brilliant, completely additive, masterfully done. Breaks my heart that Larsson never knew how beloved he would become both as a force of goodness and literary accomplishment. The Millennium series, Swedish version, is a masterpiece in its own right, with stunning performances by all actors.

- Fabienne, 28 May 2012

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