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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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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 boards 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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im sorry marilyn monroe but lisbeth salander is my new hero

and yes,

i love kalle blomkvist!!!!

greatest series ive ever read

thanks so much mr larson. RIP

- rica, west australia, 4 June 2010

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It is my pleasure to read this pro-woman feminist author. Just when I think no more heroins exist in fiction who are subjects rather than objecst, Mr Larsson leaves us all with a beautiful gift, Salander. Ms. Gabriellson, 2004 was not very long ago and I am sure the loss of your partner is still fresh but I would like to thank you both. There are books that are good and there are books that are great; these three books are beyond great.

- Heather Mercer, California, 2 June 2010

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I have just finished reading the third book from the thrilogy, what a great story and amazing characters!!!

Well done Stig, sorry you not amongs us any longer.

- Vera Leen, 2 June 2010

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Mr. Larsson is one of the best "mystery" writers I've ever read and I've probably red them all. His characters have such depth and his location decriptives made me want to go to Sweden. I only hope the movie industry doesn't put a shallow actor (e.g. Bradd Pitt) into the leading role of Mikael Blomkvist. If anyone can complete the fourth of the Millenium series it would be his long-time companion - she deserves some credit as she helped edit his novels. It sold more than the Harry Potter book series in Sweden!

- Lilliana G. Neel, 31 May 2010

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It's a amazing history! The trilogy is a best seller in Brazil...A recent article from the magazine Istoé says that the trilogy sells the same ammount of Harry Potter's book series...

best regards from Sao Paulo/Brazil

(it's sad know that Larson has past away...=/... People here are now waiting for Lars Kepler books to keep the imagination working)

- rodrigo silva, 30 May 2010

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And there were supposed to be 10 books in the Millenium Series! What a loss. RIP, Stieg.

- CC, 29 May 2010

The 4th book was half written when he died =(

- Anisa, 30 May 2010

Just finished the 3rd book. They are wonderful, I just wish there were more to read. Did I miss what happened to Lisbeth's twin sister?

- Gloria , 7 June 2010, 7 June 2010

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I have just started reading The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo after listening to Charlie Rose interview the Swedish editor of the trilogy. I am going to read the books in sequence of course. Everything about Stieg Larsson's life is quite fascinating.

- Karen Kjellquist-Gutierrez, 27 May 2010

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I have read the complete Millennium series and I just wish there were more books to come. His detail to characters is outstanding, The best work I have read in my life.

- theresa, 26 May 2010

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I have just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and then rushed to my local supermarket to purchase the other two books from the Trllogy.

It is such a shame that such a talented writer was taken from us in his prime -who knows what other superb thrillers he could have surpirsed us with.

What an amazing author - Stieg you were cut short - wish you were here!


- jess, 24 May 2010

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Uncharacteristically, I thumbed through an issue of Newsweek as I waited for the tires on my Nissan Frontier to be rotated and read about Stieg. I can't wait to obtain his works and read them as the magazine's book review painted a picture of him that was somewhat surreal. Gone too soon! I'll comment on each book after I read them.

- Marvin Sims, Sacramento, CA, 23 May 2010

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