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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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i'm not so sure it's "product placement" that you're referring to but, simply the reference to pop culture . don't get me wrong, i loved his books but, it did feel there was a bit of chumming for identification bonding. "oh, wow, i have an ibook, oh, i smoke marlboro lights, omg, i too buy frozen pizza's from 7-11"

it's kind of like, woundology.

- katya, 19 April 2010

this is in reply to the product placement comment.

- , 19 April 2010

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reading the book, and just saw the movie, fantastic!

- dino, 18 April 2010

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I just finished the second book. I could not put it down. I am looking forward to the third book, which is available next month in USA.

Thank you Stieg

- Rick, 17 April 2010

you will love it. My friend gave me a copy in English that he found at the airport in Sweden. I can't put it down and wonder... is the movie based on all 3 books, or just the first one?

- Ivan, 22 April 2010

There are three books and three movies! Actually they were a mini series on Sweden TV.

- RPK - Vancouver, 24 April 2010

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It is a pity that Herr Larsson did not take care of himself, healthwise. We are led to believe that he smoked like a chimney and gulped down volumes of coffee everyday. I would guess that he got no physical exercise.. You can abuse your body earlier in life and usually get away with it, but when middle age sets in, you better take good/better care of yourself.

What a shame to depart this world so young at any rate. Stieg Larsson was an obviously gifted writer. An understatement.

- Steffe, 16 April 2010

Steffe, hi, I dont think he died by natural causes but that he was murdered. Maybe I'm utterly wrong, maybe not. But I dont know why I'm almost convinced that I'm not wrong. He had money coming and that money was a good bite for someone. Or maybe he was just eliminated from someone very powerful behind a big political affair. Too big. And he knew too much. Was simply a dangerous person, for them.

Just MY opinion.

p.s. : then a great loss for us readers. Because he really was a good writer. And I also enjoyd the 2 films. I'm looking forward to watch the third one end May.

Best regards,

- Nina, 16 April 2010

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A coworker of mine got me hooked on these, and I just finished the 3rd one. She ordered it online from the UK because she couldnt wait for it to be released here! Just learned that some production company here in the US got the film rights, so hopefully filiming should begin soon. Very sad that Mr. Larsson couldnt enjoy the fruits of his labor.

- Lindsay--Seattle, WA, 16 April 2010

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la trilogìa me atrapò de principio a final

- walter, 16 April 2010

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Best crime book i have ever read and i dont read many. Cant put them down.

- Mandy Owen, 15 April 2010

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I haven't read a book as well written, suspenseful, and thought provoking as Steig's first two books in a long time. I'm looking forward to reading his third book, but I wish there were even more books to be published in the future.

I understand his books have been made into movies. Can I find these in English?

Bonnie Niedert - Illinois, USA

- Bonnie, 14 April 2010

So far there is only Swedish films based on the books. But with english subtitles of course.

- Thomas, 16 April 2010

I actually liked the movie better, which is rare for books

- dino, 18 April 2010

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After having read the first two parts I am eager to read the final one. The story is pretty thrilling.

- Thomas, 13 April 2010

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I'm from Belgium and I nearly finished the third and final part of the trilogy! Stieg Larsson really was a talented writer. Such a shame that he is no longer among us.

- Philippe, 13 April 2010

larsson,stevie ray vaughn,seems we lose too many real talents b4 their time...or am i just being selfish

- trashman nc, 18 April 2010

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