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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

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Is your prime interest the movies being made? Or are you a huge fan of Lisbeth Salander?

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In "Dragon Tattoo" there is an English translation error. The bank robber gang with Disney masks is called "The Bear Gang." In

Swedish that would be "bjornligan". But that is

the Swedish name for what, in the Duck comics, was "The Beagle Boys."

- Nils-Peter Nelson, 11 Mars 2010

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"Dragon Tattoo" was great: engrossing, and all the other superlatives commonly used by reviewers, but "Fire" is by far the finest novel of its genre I have ever read -- missed a meeting and a medical appointment as a result. Heading off to get the last in the series today. KILLER!!!!

- Jack Robert, Whidbey Island, WA, USA, 11 Mars 2010

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The books are just UNBELIEVABLE!!! I can't even sleep. It's terrible to have to stop in the night to sleep because next day you have to work. Because of that I recommend to start to read any of this books one Friday afternoon, and make sure you have everything at home to stay there the whole weekend. It's so sad that he left so soon. Every page I read makes me feel sadder because he's gone.

- Ximena, 10 Mars 2010

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Each time I had to stop reading, for whatever reason, I kept thinking about it for the rest of the time it took me to grab the book and start reading it again.

And when I finish the second one, I had to take a shower, put my clothes on and drive to the nearest store and get the third one.

I felt the pressure, the hapiness, the "job-done" feeling, the anxiety all his characters felt.

Too bad the triology was thought to be a 10 books history, and we'll never know what the author wated to happen with Lisbeth or Mickael or Erika, to name a few.

Still, it was worth it. I just love the way he used to write.

- ARomão, Portugal, 10 Mars 2010

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Loved the book. Very compelling!

Can't wait to see the film.

- Krimo Bouabda UK, 10 Mars 2010

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i love your book..jesus crist love it love it love it...you are a genius...good bless you and thanks for the preciouse history the millenium its bah like a drug i cant stop the read.Bruno Almeida Portugal

- Bruno Almeida Portugal, 10 Mars 2010

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Just read the first book, it took 24 hours. I have not been this engrossed in a novel for so long, it was a rare pleasure. Thank you Stieg, you have left us with one of the most precious gifts a person can.

- samm- Australia, 9 Mars 2010

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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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