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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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Is the book mentioned in The GIRL WHO PLAYED with FIRE,DIMENSIONS in MATHEMATICS by Parnault, a real book?

- Judy Roher, 13 August 2010

sorry to say but no...all fiction...

- , 15 August 2010

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Great book, fantastic plot, characters, all woven together neatly. Spoiled a little by the left-wing undertones, but will definitely read all 3.

- Hector, San Antonio, TX, 13 August 2010

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Eva Gabrielsson - I'm so sorry you didn't get to share in the best part of Stieg's fortune. If you do have a 4th book in the sequel up your sleeve, then make sure you secure all the rights that go with it.

I'm sure as Stieg's confidante you endured all the novels' intricasies, not the mention the hostilities aimed against you both by right wing fascists.

Good luck, may the spirit of Salander go with you!

- Irene, 12 August 2010

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Wow. So. The first was a little slow going for about the first chapter or two -- then it took off like a rocket leaving me clutching and holding my breath... UNTIL (back to back) I just put down book 2. WoooEEEE. These books were so bloody good not only did I shluff off work for 2 extra days, rearranging all other commitments and even postponing bathroom and nourishment in many cases! Now I merely sit here dejected and royally pissed off I did not have the good sense to have book 3 sitting at a fast idle nearby, waiting for me nearby!! DAMN IT!!

- Marc Whittemore, 12 August 2010

EXACTLY! The first chapter or two was what took me so long to finally give in and read the books. Finally......thanks to some VERY GOOD FRIENDS I threw up my hands and said "OK already!" And am I glad I did. I devoured them!!! I stayed up late. I came home from work early. They consumed my every thought! I haven't read the third one yet simply because I can't stand the thought of no more Lisbeth or Mikael....so I keep it near me at all times so I can look at and caress until I give in and read it. What a dilemma right? It's been a long long time since I've been so completely taken over by a book. God love you Stieg Larsson!!!!! I hope his girlfriend eventually finds a way to publish what Stieg left behind.

- jackie, 27 August 2010

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Just finished reading the second book, the girl who played with fire and also watched the movie of the first book. It is just amazing. I can confidently say that it has been quite a while since i read a book that left me this captivated, glued and yearning. For those who think it is OTT and tedious, i believe the concept of what a good book should be is probably lost to them.

Can't wait to read the theird one and possibly the supposed fourth one.

Worth every penny and i would recommend it to any body. Good work.

- Hilda Elegba, 11 August 2010

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I've just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and am a little perplexed on what all the fuss is about. The first half of the book was an over-elaborate definition of characters, to the point of becoming tedious. Then the suspense of the main plot is hastily lifted within the scope of 50 pages. The remaining 100+ pages seem to be very self indulgent on the author's part. Once again the author uses the guise of fiction as an unrestrained licence to unleash his own political convictions in a sub-plot which seems to have had it's own making, and was then clumsy tied to the main plot of the book. The characters are intriguing, and the suspence of the main plot is definately a page turner.. but in terms of pace and structure this book is all over the map.

- Richard Leaper, 11 August 2010

Maybe you should learn how to write English before posting comments.

- Nac, 11 August 2010

So which school did you go to?

- Richard Leaper, 13 August 2010

A rather cheap shot Nac. So you disagree. Why can't you be civil and just make/support your point of view?

- SGE, Berkeley, CA, 13 August 2010

I'm sorry Nac. I didn't realise that all postings must be in perfect English even if it's not your first language. If you have a disagreement or a point to make about the books, please do so. Save the childish abuse for some other website.

- RL, Rotterdam, Ned., 14 August 2010

Gee the 50 million other folks who like this must be crazy!

And who cares if the author is self indulgent. Is that not what we pay for and expect in a good book? ..for the author to use his life experiences and beliefs to weave an exciting and captivating tale. Should he have had written about Sushi? or pickled herring? Of course not!!!! Why wouldn't you write about what you know or believe?

I think its the attention to detail that makes this book what it is... a good suspenseful story with interesting characters and a twisted plot.

50,000 copies a day sell alone in the U.S.

- MC N.Y.C, 14 August 2010

Well, Richard, apparently we are in the minority. But I'm with you on the book. Except you know more about it than I do, because I thought it was such a yawner that I abandoned it 80 pages in, even though I started it three or four times.

Just the the first two films, and they're good. But the book cured my insomnia.

- JL, STL, MO, 16 August 2010

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This Millennium series is the best I've ever read. When I was finished the 3rd. book I tried to find more pages, but there wern't any!! Can't wait for all the movies. I wish I could find more books to read by this author. Great work.

- Rhonda Hards, 10 August 2010

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Am nearly finished the second book - The girl who played with Fire. I am listening to them as audio books. They are magnificant and really keep my mind on the plot and the characters. Please let us have the fourth book.

- Margaret in Ireland., 5 August 2010

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just finished reading the dragon tattoo

definitely the best mystery i have ever read

plot within plot within plot ...... looking forward to the next !!!!!

- natalie, 5 August 2010

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Has anyone assembled a cast of characters for the series? I'm in Hornet's Nest and desperately trying to sort out the police and others, without having to . I'd also like to find maps for the second and third books. Thanks.

- Katherine McGinnis, 4 August 2010

I did.

- KGO, 9 August 2010

Is the list of Characters posted some where? I am have trouble remebering who belongs to what sector. Nystrom and Faste are the two I am looking at right now. I can't remember why Faste has it out for Slander?

- Lesly H, 12 August 2010

Faste seems to be just a chauvinistic pig who doesnt think women should be in any authorotative role of power, almost like they are subservient. I dont think there was an acutal personal vendetta explained ..just seemed like a jackass in general

- MC N.Y.C., 15 August 2010

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