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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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The 4th Book

"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

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Is your prime interest the movies being made? Or are you a huge fan of Lisbeth Salander?

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please list the larrson books in sequence

- dennis, 22 June 2010

1 tattoo girl

2 fire girl

3 kicking girl

4 ?? ghostwriter wanted - maybe will explore Camille's life.(Lisbeth's twin sis)

- acm, 16 July 2010

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As a First Generation Swedish/American I have a lot of contact with my Swedish Roots, and I am finding alot of references in the books which I am sure most American readers are not picking up on. That's OK, the stories are fantastic and had to put down anyhow. The intricate interconnections between sub-plot lines are fascinating. I also find the indirect references and connections to Astrid Lingren kind of weird. Hate to think beloved Pipi Longstocking could morph into Lisbeth Salander, even though i love her too.

- TobieTheSwede, 20 June 2010

Do Swedes really drink as much coffee as in Stieg's books suggest? Even the Aussies at the end of the book are portrayed as coffee drinkers - more likely to be beer or tea in the Outback. The Swedish place names lend an air of LOTR to the journey - I like that - Fantastic! as they say in Sweden.

- Greg Kalle Keenan, 16 July 2010

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"He wanted to protect equal rights and fight for democracy and freedom of speech"? He was a communist!!! Strange way to fight for democracy

- JSY Salt Lake CIty, Utah, 19 June 2010

Where are you getting the info that he was a communist? I'm just getting started with the books, but he is an incredible story teller, with fantastic character description and development.

- TobieTheSwede, 20 June 2010

A socialist govt. is totally diff. from communism. Stieg was a liberal socialist.(I am laughing, )There is that L word again.______I hope that mess with Eva works out for her. The only right solution, as Stieg's long time companion!

- Sandy, 3 July 2010

An American definition of Communism = Anyone who is not in the Republican Party and does not believe everything Fox News espouses.

- Greg Kalle Keenan, 16 July 2010

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I've never been so pissed about someone I don't know dying as I am about Stieg Larsson. I'm halfway through Hornets Nest and getting more and more depressed every day! Somebody help me please!

- Joe Nobody Key West Florida USA, 18 June 2010

I just learned that he died. Read all about it! I have finished all three books and it feels pretty empty now!

- Katia, 29 June 2010

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I just want to read the rest. I hate starting a series if i cannot finish it!

- Shauna, 16 June 2010

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I wonder how stiegs brother and father are able ... not to feel shame ... in fact they ignore and deny his last will, why don´t they respect the 32 Years long relationship of stieg larsson with eva gabrielson?

- cloney, 16 June 2010

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My favorite authors

Always Ernest Hemingway "Bi Line Hemingway"

1970's Steven King

1980's Tom Clancy

1990's Anne Rice & Michael Crichton

Present Stieg Larsson

I have finished " The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest". I got the UK version so I could read it early and now I am depressed because there are no more novels.

What a great series, what a great character (Lisbeth), and what a great author.

I will miss the characters he brought to life

I will read them again.

- pbt3 USA, 12 June 2010

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I hope that there will be some justice for Eva Gabrielsson.

- pbt3 USA, 12 June 2010

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BRILLIANT !!!

- Tanya USA, 11 June 2010

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can anyone tell me what happened to Lisbeth's twin sister?

- g, 9 June 2010

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