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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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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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Very interesting interview in the New York Times Magazine of this week end

(May 21-2010) Here is the link::

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/23/magazine/23Larsson-t.html?pagewanted=1

- Bernard Bujold (Montreal-Canada), 22 May 2010

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- LAOLU JEGEDE, 21 May 2010

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Really a great story. Wonder how it's going on. Can't find the announced

sweepstakes on this homepage???

- Werner seegerwerb@t-online.de, 21 May 2010

Looking for the sweepstakes also. Did you find it?

- , 27 May 2010

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eh not bad

- , 21 May 2010

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There is something about good writing that captivates the imagination in such away as the characters and events in the novel become as real as those in one:s life. Stieg`s talent is unmatched. A modern day Conan Doyle, Stieg`s contribution to this genre is both refreshing and captivating

- john townsend, 14 May 2010

what you said there John, his books are like a good wine, you cannot put it down!

- glen thompson, 16 May 2010

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After spending 3 days reading book one & two, waiting for the third to be translated was so difficult but well worth the wait, I probably loved it the best of the three.

I was devastated when it was finished.

Saw the film as soon it was released in Australia and really enjoyed the interpretation of all the actors.

I will probably reread the triology soon. Lisbeth is an unusual but fasinating heroine.

- Sheila Parsons, 13 May 2010

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I saw the film and loved it then read the first book it was the best book I have ever read. I am in the middle of the second 1 the girl who played with fire and I will probably gutted when I finish the 3rd one the forth one has to be finished

- glen thompson, 12 May 2010

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I'm right about to start reading the third book - read the previous ones and was hooked! Great storyline, extraordinarily well written characters...it's all there!

Also already saw the first two movies and can't await No.3 to come to the cinemas. Noomi Rapace rocks as Lisbeth. I'll bet none of the now planned US remakes can get that good.

- Melanie, Germany, 10 May 2010

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Fantastic books. Read "Tattoo" and "Fire". I couldn't put them down. I am anxiously awaiting book three. Completely devastated to have lost such a creative talent. He has made some intense contributions in the areas of anti-profiling and anti-racism. He will posthumorously be a driving force.

- Linda Platt, 8 May 2010

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