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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 love his work, I'm tempted to see the movies' However; I dont want to be dissapointed> Going to bed now to finish the last of THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE.

- tina m. gillotti, 17 Mars 2010

The movies are as good as can be and the actors very natural

- myriam, 17 Mars 2010

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Excellent books. So good that I actually bought them. I thank him for his talent and dedication to Truth. It is a shame that he had to pass so soon as there were plenty of words left for him to express and us to enjoy. I found the expose of Swedens' underground very surprising and disturbing but very enlightening. I would never have guessed.

- Janell Breckenridge, 16 Mars 2010

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really enjoyed the first two books....a good writer..will be missed

- Peter McGregor Ottawa Canada, 15 Mars 2010

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I guess it is too much to ask that anybody realize that Nazi's were extreme left wing politically? Not really germaine to the conversation, but an annoyance nonetheless.

- Education Vs. Rose colored glasses, 15 Mars 2010

Nope -- fascism is a right-wing political ideology.

- Education v. right-wing propaganda, 16 Mars 2010

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Brilliant movie - excellent casting for Lisbeth - this girl is wonderful, what a fabulous character. Looking forward to the other two movies and what can be reconstructed for the end of Book 4.

Please, please, please use red subtitles - there is nothing more frustrating than being so engrossed and to be blind-sided.

- Helen Chait Australia, 15 Mars 2010

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I haven't read the books and saw the film today,quite by accident really (i wasn't sure it would be my 'thing') and though I found the subtitles a little distracting at first (the language seemed to be holding my attention more than the subtitles!) I soon got carried away by the incredible storyline and the acting was superb.Two hours passed before I knew it,I headed straight for the nearest bookstore and have purchased two in the trilogy and have ordered the third.

May you rest in peace Mr Larsson.

- Izzy, 14 Mars 2010

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is an excellent novel. thank you from Turkiye. sleep in peace...

- burcu, 14 Mars 2010

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I have no intention in watching the movie!

Stieg's Millenium series were made to be read and not watched. No one can produce a screenplay that will illuminate his characters and plots.

The primal fear resonating from the series is best left the way Stieg created it. Short of Stieg coming back to write the screenplay, there is no point taking this any further.

- Aristo Ioannidis, 13 Mars 2010

I am doing it the opposite way,I saw the movie and have just purchased the book as i was enthralled! I do agree with you however,that nothing matches our imagination when it comes to creating our vision of the charaters on the page,rarely does a movie capture that vision/imagination!

Best wishes

- Izzy, 14 Mars 2010

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I think the books are exceptionally well crafted, however seeing the trailer on the tv the other day I was unable to concentrate on the English subtitles as I was so distracted by the Swedish language. This has never happened to me before with French films for instance. I can only think that I am so unused to hearing Swedish that it was overloading my senses, it is so different to my English ear. I would not be surprised if this was the experience of much of the British audiences that would otherwise flock to see this film. I hope it does not affect the ratings, but oh how I wish that it was going to be released in a dubbed format. Many European countires spend the money on dubbing English language films, I wonder what the chances are of the Swedes doing the same at some point for this one. Cannot wait to see it but am quite apprehensive that I may be dissappointed.

- Carol, 12 Mars 2010

I am of the opinion that films should never be dubbed, and that they should always be viewed in their original language. Having watched 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" yesterday, probably only the third or fourth time I have watched a swedish film, I find your comments astonishing. This outstanding movie had a wonderful atmosphere and setting, which would have been undermined by the sterilisation of the language. By retaining the original voices and language it allows you to become absorbed into the culture and nuances of the story. I can only suggest you make more of an effort to become immersed into the directors vision. I would imagine, thank god, that most discerning viewers of foreign cinema would prefer subtitles. The packed cinema I watched it in was testament to its popularity. If you want to see how dubbing ruins tv and cinema visit Germany, and you will see some of the laughable dubbing that ruins anything and everything you view. If I was able to, I would ban dubbing. Maybe you should either learn Swedish or move to Germany!

- Phil T, 13 Mars 2010

It's not the Swedes who are working on the cheep - it's the Brits who bought the film from them to play in the U.K. (I have been trying to get hold of this movie from Sweden on dvd for months in the hope it would have the subtitles on it already.) I ended up watching it in Swedish with my Swedish partner translating it for the whole 2 hours. I agree with Phil - it is ridiculous to dub a movie. You don't feel the sense of location, culture etc. Of course I am more used to the sound of the language than most but believe me - you understand a lot just by watching - my Swedish is very limited!

- Karen, 16 Mars 2010

Buy it in Denmark. Then you can choose the english subtitles. Just finished the second book a few moments ago!!! OMG!! Want to see the movie NOW, and are going to get the 3 book tomorrow. Can anyone recommend other books similar to these???

- Helle, 19 Mars 2010

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What a gift to the literary world as well as such a tremendous loss. Unfortunately when I worked in lived in Sweden I was not award of Mr.Larsson. His writing is exceptional and I am eagerly awaiting his final in the triology, 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. His work is fantastic and I am sadden to know there will be no more.

- LadyKate, 11 Mars 2010

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- tina m. gillotti, 17 Mars 2010

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