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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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"lettie" i loved the book and all three of the dvd's. i wish the author was still alive. my god i need another book like this. i prayed that lisbeth and blomvist would sick,but i kew tha , that was not going to work. i just fell in love with lisbeth and mikal.

- patriciamoncur, 21 May 2012

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wish there was another book.master piece upon masterpiece you sleep it jo live it

- wilma t2 may2012, 3 May 2012

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I just finished the Trilogy. It. Was. AMAZING. I read all the books in four days. I don't know how to describe how much I love this series. I really hope that Stieg's family and wife just end the legal dispute already. I want to read what else he had planned for the series. The man was a genius! I'm sure he had some new plots that would blow us right out of the water. I'm so sad I'm done with the books, but the ending was great. Loved. It.

- Daniella B, 29 April 2012

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I have just finished reading THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE. The fight scene was one of the best written pieces if literature I've ever read. I have read a lot and have even written seceral books myself. If only I could write like that maybe someday I could make a living of it. I can't wait to start reading THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST. Got it today.

- Geraldine Bass, 20 April 2012

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I wonder about Larsson's personal involvement in the communist party yet his aversion to neo-naziis. I guess I am uneducated about the communist party as being an American, there is nothing positive said about it.

- Cathy, 12 April 2012

A lot of Americans seem to get confused on

The topic of communism and Nazism as the

education about them seems poor but

They are exact opposites of each other,

In Nazism (right wing) one group of people are superior

To others and the countries resources are used

To benefit that specific group only, whereas in

Communism (left wing) everyone is equal and resources

Are shared according to need. This is where the

Terms right and left wing come from, meaning policies

Leaning right (conservative) or left (socialist). Sadly in the USA

There seems to be so much propaganda that people

Don't really understand, eg the health care reforms where

Socialised health care like we have in the uk was demonised

By out right lying and myths about non existent "death panels" etc by right wing Parties opposed to reform. Anyway apologies for the long answer

And hope it helped explain a bit.

- Chris, 25 April 2012

There's no need trying to simplify basic left and right thinking to a bunch of red necks, but I admire you for trying.

- jayne, 1 May 2012

'communism'- basically what Obama is trying to do to the U.S....btw we are not 'a bunch of red necks' and he will not succeed.

- Name/signature, 14 december 2012

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just finished the first book. AMAZING

-, 8 April 2012

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- sportswear13, 1 April 2012

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Hello Mr.Stieg Larsson. I watched the film "Men who hate women" And enjoyed. I have not read the novel But I'm sure that it is written masterfully.Succeed and be healthy.


- Babak Oryani, 23 Mars 2012

mr. larsson is dead.

- filipe c., 2 May 2012

May his tired and wise soul rest in peace.

- Henrik Speigelhalter, 8 June 2012

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I saw the America version movie Girl With the Dragon Tattoo first and was delighted to then have the book trilogy offered to me me. The first book was a little slow to start but having seen the film I wanted the nuances missed on celluloid. Once past the first 200 pages the story began to heat up and I was hooked. The second book was hotter and I could not put it down, the third book, I was gripped from the first line, was a pacey furnace. Absolutely loved the plot, sub-plots and characters. Can't wait for the next two movies to be released.

- Turea Spencer Portugal, 15 Mars 2012

The two last movies of the trilogy have been made in 2009. They are on movie channels here in Australia. In fact, they are all three playing this week. The Sewdish verson, that is. Even with the subtitles they are excellent and gripping movies.

- Elizabeth Peterson, 27 April 2012

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