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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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Love the books on the third one now.Wish we could continue with more.

- carolyn siarkowski, 8 Mars 2010

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hey.im evrim.im from Turkey.i finished your book(the girl with the dragon tatoo) just today.it is very super.i wondered other book.i guess they don't buy in turkey.im a fan of you anymore thanks

- evrim taylan, 7 Mars 2010

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please come to Cyprus... we love your books

still waiting the 3rd one...

- Niki, 7 Mars 2010

You know he's dead right?

- , 8 Mars 2010

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i've abandoned my friends, boyfriend, cleaning... after the first few pages i knew i was in trouble. every minture of my spare time has been devoted to Mr. Larsson's books. The third book took quite long. i decided to read few pages at a time knowing that soon it will be over.

i think it's time now to book a flight to Stockholm and have a stroll around the streets.

i would love to shake the author's hand.

i wish he was still among us.

- dawid.galway, 7 Mars 2010

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I rarely read crime fiction, but was totally transfixed and mesmerized by the first book of the Millennium Trilogy. Now I can't wait to lay my hands on the second book and then the third. It is sad how such a talented writer had to die so untimely with so many people enjoying his works. I wish his family all the best and my heartfelt condolences with Stieg Larsson's sudden demise.

- Celia, Sydney 7.3.10, 7 Mars 2010

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I could not put the first two books down: Although I have a problem with translations, as I grew up in a non-English speaking home and know how difficult it is to translate effectively, I still was enraptured by these two books. I would like the third book: when will it be available in the USA? Who is benefiting from the enormous profits from the Larsson publications? Thank you.

- Virginia Cantara, 6 Mars 2010

His father is benefiting, even if stieg broke up contact with him long time ago. the problem was (is) that stieg and his ladyfriend were not married (although i think 15 years together), so she has no rights on his publications or the millions made by him.

- Julia S., 8 Mars 2010

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I have just finished the Millennium trilogy.For the last few chapters I had to ration myself to a few pages at a time, I knew that once I finished hornets nest ,That was it!!!Every one of the books in this trilogy had me engrossed,and hurtling toward the conclusion. I hope that the film does these books the justice they deserve I only hope that Stiegs Family are proud of what he achieved.I mourn the loss of this talent

- Fiona Scott ,Mid Calder ,Scotland, 6 Mars 2010

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too long ? I think you need to think about a different career ...

- , 4 Mars 2010

it was a book NOT a Magazine perhaps you should try a mag instead!!!

- A Non, 6 Mars 2010

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Just finished '...Played with Fire' after having finished '...Dragon Tattoo'. Truly amazing! Honestly, they are the single best books I've read in nearly 20 years. I wholly enjoyed them. So captivating and so inspiring. Larsson leaves a legacy of such creativity, genius, and beauty with these novels.

- Paul J., 4 Mars 2010

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Just finished HORNETS' NEST. Mourning the end of my Stieg Larsson addiction. A rarity that each book in the trilogy was stronger than the one preceding it. I am so happy to have had the joy of reading his work. I shall miss his voice.

- James V Meredith, Chicago, IL USA, 3 Mars 2010

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