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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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The closest I've come to Stockholm is Gotland.

Probably not enough to prompt a blurb. But, you know, don't ask, don't get.

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- Bob Zimmerman, 30 July 2010

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Liesbeth Salander would definitely not listen to Lady Gaga

- L.S. Stockholm, 29 July 2010

:D

- yo, 1 August 2010

LOL

- , 3 August 2010

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Love the books. And NO WAY would Lisbeth be listening to Lady GaGa... My bet is she'd have a pirate copy of the "Fat Wrecktrospective" cranked to 11...

- Tony, 29 July 2010

I think she listens to Bjork or KT Tunstall when she's in a good contemplative mood, and Alanis Morissette or Liz Phair when she's pissed. Probably just means I'm too old.

- hellodollyllama, 6 August 2010

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the first 'millenium' book is UNBELIEVABLY GREAT! although I couldn't see much action, before like 400th page, when I got the point - I wasn't able to stop! eventually, i read the book among 3 days. outstanding.

- Zosia, Poland, 28 July 2010

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I STOPPED FUNCTIONING ENTIRELY TILL I FINISHED MY THIRD BOOK,AND

I AM BEGGING FOR MORE BUT UNTILL WE HAVE THAT CHANCE MY

QUESTION IS WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO FOR EVA (GABRIELSON)

- MARIANNI, 27 July 2010

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In his book, Forshaw (and other writers as well) fail to mention one of the most inventive moments in the trilogy: as Lisbeth's hand emerges from the earth, a passing fox sees this and runs off in terror. Of course an animal would not so react; it paraphrases the reader's shock. A moment in a million. Too bad it would have been so hard to film.

- Richard, DE, 26 July 2010, 27 July 2010

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Havent read anything so good in a long time, a pity he cannot continue with his writing-

- Linda, 26 July 2010

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I loved the second book. Now I have to read the third and full of hope waiting for a fourth one. The Millennium Series are absolutely the best books ever thanks to Stieg Larssons.

I like his writing too much that I really want to know what other books he had written before he died. Please comment as a reply of my interest.

RIP Stieg Larsson

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- María Fernanda Jaén., 26 July 2010

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When will the more condensed paperback verison of the girl who kicked the hornet's nest be released?

I am absolutely in love the series!! It's so much of a rush I can't put them down.

- K, Topeka KS, 23 July 2010

I just bought the third one, once I finished the second one. Could not wait for paperback. Cannot stop reading it. This Salander deserves my short sleep at night

- L Dallas, TX, 28 July 2010

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I am just starting The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest - know I will race thru it - and love it as much his first two Girls. Know I will be sad, too, that this will be the end of the trilogy. Dynamite reading.

- Claire, Encinitas CA, 20 July 2010

I know... I was there not that long ago

I felt like an orphan for a while... couldn't believe it was over. Then I started all over again and I found the 3 movies online too.

- acm, Dallas TX, 1 August 2010

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