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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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I saw the movie and then read the book. "The Girl With

The Dragon Tattoo" The movie followed the book very

closely, but I preferred the movie's ending rather than the books.

- Jane Greenfield, 7 April 2010

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Hello . I´m reading the third book .

Here in chile we still need L.S. and M.B. to help us against the new elected president from the right wing , his government team is build up of former pinochet supporters .If you like the millenium trilogy , then you will know that it is all about fighting for the human rights, please help us , visit www.theclinic.cl , www.ciperchile.cl , www.cambio21.cl , and forget about the traditional media.

only god knows what will become of the state channel www.TVN.cl , now in the hands of a "speculator with public service vocation" , follower of the "nobel prize winner" Mr. Friedmann and the greed nested in Wall str

- ThePlague, 6 April 2010

What has Chile to do with the book or film?

- Gerrard, 11 April 2010

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May Eva Gabrielsson be recognized as Larssen's de facto wife. May she be allowed to use the proceeds of his books to continue causes like the Expo and present his writing as he would have wanted it. More will be published, and it should be framed by the care of those who understood, promoted and lived it.

- Vian Falc Residovic, 6 April 2010

Yes, I feel that Eva should continue with Expo.

- Jane Greenfield, 7 April 2010

It strikes me that given the circumstances of their life, Eva Gabrielson should be allowed to posthumously obtain a marriage license if not dejure at least symbolically, for she is already defacto

- Loren Echevarria, 7 April 2010

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I bought the first novel with out realising what I had begun, now I am on the third book and suffering sleep deprivation due to not being able to stop until it's all done and dusted.

- Misheekar Andrews, 6 April 2010

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I just couldn't finnish them all fast enough!

- larrie, 6 April 2010

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Sorry i ment fourth book.

- , 5 April 2010

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Does anyone know what the third book was going to be named.

- , 5 April 2010

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Does any one know what the 3rd nook was going to be named.

- , 5 April 2010

The Girl who kicked the hornet's nest

- wy, 7 April 2010

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It's an exelent read..............

For poop heads!!!! ( Just kidding!)

It's a very good book....

(even though I haven't read it.)

- Amy walsen, 5 April 2010

What compelled you to comment, as you have not read the book, nor do you seem to be literate?

- , 5 April 2010

Did they do an Autopsy on Stieg Larson?

- Wm A. Le, 7 April 2010

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Kind of f...d up that the Stieg Larsson web site has adds for Russian single women as an income. Really freaks me out. They should be a bit more selective all things considered! Power of the bug or just plain lazy?

- Concerned, 4 April 2010

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