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Stieg Larsson

Lisbeth Salander Returns

Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return in a continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series

This much anticipated continuation to one of the best-loved crime series of the last decade will be written by David Lagercrantz and published in Sweden as Det som inte dödar oss (“What Doesn’t Kill You”). The English-language title will differ, and is yet to be confirmed.

David Lagercrantz, the author of “What Doesn’t Kill You”, will be visiting the UK in the Spring as part of a seven-month build up to publication which MacLehose Press are aiming to make the event of the publishing year.

Publication worldwide will be on 27th August 2015, 10 years since Norstedts published Män som hatar kvinnor which in English was called The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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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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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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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

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 boards 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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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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Just got home from a movie marathon with a friend.......,we saw Nanny McPhee cos we both love Emma T and because she had enjoyed the books so much a movie i had never heard of..."the girl with the dragon tatoo"Wow completely blown away.......cant wait to get my hands on the books tomorrow.

- Lindy,Victoria,Australia, 4 April 2010

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I disagree. I would have passed the title by, thinking it was another one of those psuedo psychology books on societie's problems. But "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo intriqued me.

- Marya, Emerson, Manitoba, 3 April 2010

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The Millenium Trilogy (English) - Th Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played With Fire and The Girls Who kicked The Hornets Nest are all intelligent, questioning highly evocative books with strong storylines, fascinating characters and complex intense relationships. Dive into these books and you will not come up for air for days on end. Completly mesmersing they will linger on in your mind well after you have turned the last page.

- Bookworm98, 2 April 2010

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No one told me about Stieg Larsson´s "opus". I found out about it on my own.

I was amazed with what i read in two weeks. I just couldn´t stop.

Indepth writting about many secrets and realities most people don´t know or just don´t care.

I bought the DVD yesterday and i just finished viewing it.Also very good!

J.P Watts.Portugal

- JP Watts, 1 April 2010

Opus? I am not aware. I will google for info, but if visit this page again JP, tell me more!

- New York, 2 April 2010

Hi New York. His opus means his work.

- Plague, 6 April 2010

Hi New York, actually plague is right, except to be more specific, it means Greatest/Best work.

- Wm A. Le, 7 April 2010

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I finally saw the UK release of the film yesterday here in Manchester, I read TGWTDT last year and picked up Man Som Hatar Kvinnor in Stockholm last May to read and compare to the English version! The film was excellent, I'm about to start the second book, just not had time to read it yet with my studies! Hälsningar från England, HEJ DÅ!

- , 31 Mars 2010

Read the first one, seen the film and read the second book in 2 days. Just couldn't put the book down. First time I've ever been to the cinema on my own. The film was excellent. Can't wait to read the last book!

- debs, 1 April 2010

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we don't get many foreign writers here in deming new mexico, usa and was suprised to see his book, the girl who palyed with fire. very good. i had read the girl with the dragon tattoo years ago and liked it.

will be looking for the next the girl wh kicked the hornet's nest.. maybe it will be published as noted. good reading

- lo wilson, 31 Mars 2010

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I got TGwtDT, for Christmas and TGwPwF for my birthday, both were my favorite presents, respectively. It is unfortunate that Mr. Larrson is no longer with us to write more...

Cannot wait to read the last book~

- pohlerbexar, 30 Mars 2010

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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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