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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

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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Just finished the first book. Wow it is the best book I have ever read & Iread a lot! It took me just 2 days. I have already gone out & bought the second one.

- Lorraine, 13 April 2010

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I neglected housework, cooking dinner and even hated to feed the dog. I haven't read a book straight through since I was young and had no responsibilities. I can't wait for the third book!

- Joan, 13 April 2010

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Damn! I really hope so!!!!

- , 13 April 2010

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I read all three books. especially the third one was fantastic.

- Marco, 12 April 2010

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I really hope there's justice and that Eva Gabrielsson is given control of Mr. Larsson's estate. I have donated to her legal defense fund because I believe she is the right and proper guardian of his legacy.

- yours truly, 12 April 2010

what's the problem, is it about royalties?

- frank w, 13 April 2010

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i started the first book, im only at page 31, but it's difficult. i dont understand it. strange because i saw the 2 movies and i simply loved them (that's why i bought the book)

:(

now how can i manage to read the next 640pages? :(

i really want to read it but it's so tough! please tell me it's smoother after the first pages...

regards,

Nina

- Nina, 12 April 2010

It takes about 1/3 of the book to get into it and from then on, believe me, you won't put it down...even for a meal!!!

- Ron, 12 April 2010

thank u Ron, u give me hope ;)

Yesterday evening was better. in fact, after overcomed the stumbling block of the first slow 31 pages, the reading was so nice interesting and smoothe that i couldnt just stop reading but i had to because it was damn late and i HAD to go to bed. but today i will have all time off for me to go on reading and enjoying the book.

then i could also be part of the family. of THIS family ;)

- have a nice day u all, ciao da Nina-- from beautiful Italy., 13 April 2010

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well....i read the first book and i must say that it was amazing!! my parents had freaked out...ididn't let the book for a minute!! now i'm reading the next book....it's also great!! the movie wasn't as great as the book...but this always happens...my dad REALLY loved the film but he's not a really reading guy neither am i but realy millenium is a must read!!

- artemis, 12 April 2010

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Displayed on a bookstore's counter, The Girl Who Played with Fire caught my eye. After only a few sentences I could see that it was something special.

- Jacqueline Stigman, 12 April 2010

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These books are entertaining but nothing special. Lisa Salander is just the Harry Potter of adult fiction.

- Durwood Eldridge, 12 April 2010

Well then I suppose you are an avid reader of Nancy drew......

- Puzzled, 12 April 2010

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I dont get how the f*** some people can state, that the Millenium trilogies sucks, without even reading them. What i dont respect is racists, nazis, and people how think they know all there is to know.

- pvt. Mini, 12 April 2010

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