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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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Good movie but same old ridiculous male fantasy of a young female protagonist with a man twice her age. It was no accident that the dragon tatoo was not on a 24 year old boy and the journalist was not a woman almost 50. Contrary to the delusional male fantasy, it is not every woman's dream to nurse an old man. Face the facts aging men out there, young beautiful young women belong and want to be with beautiful young men. The relationship between the two protaganists was fanciful and unnecessary. In real life, Larsson's partner of 30 years was 4 older than him. Let's see some reality on the silver screen.

- Mary Laloyianni, 30 Mars 2010

I remember reading that Mikael Blomkvist actually preferred older women. I think I detect a deeper personal issue here.

- d.j., 1 April 2010

Clever response, d.j. Mary, I think you're reading this all wrong and getting worked up for no reason. Your "same old" remark indicates that you're looking for something you want to find.

The relationship between Blomkvist and Salander is clearly built on a mutual commitment to truth and justice, coupled with a respect for professional competence. And, a bit of libido: Salander is openly bisexual; it's doubtful that whether Blomkvist were male or female would make any difference. Recall that she initiated the sexual part of the relationship out of an itch she needed to scratch. This turns the traditional gender roles on their head right there.

In addition, note that the strongest, most admirable characters in this book are young women -- Salander and Harriet. They are yin-yang, and yet both victims who transformed themselves into survivors.

It is not made explicit in the film, but Blomkvist's primary romantic interest and long-time lover is Erika Berger, the (married) editor of Millenium and someone his own age. Furthermore, I think that he sees Salander more as someone who needs protection and defense than someone he would enter a long-term romantic relationship with. But their temporary, intimate connection revealed parts of the characters that would otherwise have not shown themselves.

And as a 40-plus woman myself: Lighten up.

- Lisa Carr, 3 April 2010

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i saw the movie "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", yesterday and was very much impressed. i am looking forweward to get the books.....

- Anna Schüler, 30 Mars 2010

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i have read "tattoo" and "played with fire" nonstop, literally haven't slept! i love these books! from what i have read about him, it seems that mr larsson believed in standing up for what is right. the best memorial that could be given by those of us who admire his writing is to follow his example in any small way we can.

- Heidi Filipowic, 29 Mars 2010

I completely agree with Heidi, especially her comment on how best to commemorate Mr. Larsson. I also loved Lisbeth--her grit , and her intelligence.

- Sumana Mitra, 30 Mars 2010

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I just saw the first movie yesterday!!! Bravo!! Better than anything Hollywood could put together. I couldn't wait for the third book so I ordered it from Amazon UK. The three books just got progressively better. Help! I don't know what to read now! Any ideas? What a sad loss with Larsson's death!

- Paul McCauley USA, 28 Mars 2010

i just got home from viewing the movie and i say AMEN to your comments, what a movie, blew me away and now I have to get his books and devour them. Not sure you can follow with anything that comes close to comparing. i'll have to think on it. The guy's a genius.

- Marsha Major, 29 Mars 2010

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Which is the first book, because at first I thought it was The girl who played with fire, then i thought it was The girl with the dragon tatto. So can someone tell me what book is the first one in the series?

- ABBY, 28 Mars 2010

Tatto is first.

- mrsbock, 28 Mars 2010

first one is the tattoo

- anita koo, 29 Mars 2010

yep. Men who hate women is the 1st

- , 1 April 2010

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I have just finished reading the second book, I do not have enough words to describe my enthusiasm regarding the world that Stieg Larsson created, the characters are alive for me I am only sorry that this literary genius had to die. The movies are also fantastic and the actors sublime. The Romanian translation is a very good one and I am happy that they were translated also in my language :-D

- Sanda Debelka, 28 Mars 2010

Also just finished it. Can't wait to get the next to see if Salander makes it and is her 'normal self'. And what challenges they face in their unique way.

- Dragonfly, 2 April 2010

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The literary world has lost a great writter! I absolutely love his novels.

- clarke , alberta, canada, 27 Mars 2010

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I just love all of the three films. Just great and tonight me and my girlfriend will watch the third film on dvd. We just love that a swedish film for once is so good and that that the world loves it. For all of you out there who hasen´t seen all three film, it´s the best trilogi ever

- Christian Gothenburg Sweden, 26 Mars 2010

I agree. the best films in years. Lisbeth Salander is so cool.

- Luleå Sweden, 26 Mars 2010

Ja tycker de e SÅÅ synd att Hollywood ska göra filmen "på nytt"! Hörd just de på radio x3m o ble så lessen :( Kan int di ha engelsk text i en bra film? Tycker själv att svenska och många finska filmer (t.ex. Drakarna över H_fors) är jättebra, mer personligt, mindre Hollywood.

- finlandssvensken, 1 April 2010

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The films are great.

- , 26 Mars 2010

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Like the fisherman who caught a huge fish and never could enjoy fiishing again because nothing could match that catch, I predict that the rest of the movie season will be a disappointment after having seen the film version of Stieg Larsson's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." Any film adaptation of a book must miss certain things while it adds others. This one misses as little as possible.

The heroine - Lisbeth Salander - is very close to the book version. She's viciously defensive of those people as well as principles she cares about, uncompromising and nearly paranoid in her privacy - but based entirely on a rational intperpretation of her real life experiences. Playing opposite her is the investigative reporter Mikael Blomquist, about whom one could say that he's homely in a very attractive sort of way. Since the film is based on a book series that is clearly somewhat autobiographical, Blomquist plays the central role in the film, but just as in the book series it's Salander who is the real hero and the most fascinating figure.

The film revolves around the search carried out by the two of them to discover what happened to a young woman who's been missing, and presumed murdered, decades earlier. As in his books, a theme of the book is the role of women in society, including all the sickness that some men express in the most grotesque fashion. Here is where Salander really shines - as a "victim" and a non-victim.

I'm so glad that Hollywood didn't make this film. If they had it would have been all glamor and special effects and blood and gore. If it doesn't win "best foreign film of the year" next year then... Well, you know. In fact, my strong suspicion is that it will be the best film to come out here in the US this year. It's action-packed, full of drama, intrigue, fascinating characters, and with a powerful ending.

- John Reimann, 26 Mars 2010

wow. i cant wait to see it. ive only read this one book. loved it. lisbeth is a great character. i would have loved a better ending to the book.

- gpa, 26 Mars 2010

"Tattoo" is right up there with "Chinatown." I just saw the film and I can hardly breathe. What's fascinating is that no matter how dark the story, it is balanced by a surprising purity in several of the characters.

- Karren Alenier, 26 Mars 2010

"I'm so glad that Hollywood didn't make this film."

I agree 1000 %!!! But, Hollywood will make a new version of this film. :C WHY? Can't you english-speaking have english subtitles in stead of a new film? I think the swedish version was VERY VERY very good!

- rönnis (Finland), 1 April 2010

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