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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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WOW, my whole life was put on hold until I finished reading "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" and immediatel started on the second book. I literally lived in the book - could feel the cold he felt when he lived with the Vangers in north Sweden. I have people lined up to borrow all three of my books by Stieg Larsson. So sorry he has died, but hope he can look down and see how appreciated his writing is. But his message is so clear and how much empathy he has for women and their needs. I LOVE HIM.

- Valerie T./USA, 7 Mars 2012

The best three books that I have ever read. Wish there were more to come.

- maurice dix england, 17 Mars 2012

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good person and great writer. hope he died of natural(?) causes.

- j.e. davis, 10 February 2012

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I have read all of the books, and they are great. Will another movie or two be coming up? I hope so they are a really good read.

- lnttaylor@aol.com, 31 January 2012

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great I loved all three. Haven't seen american version, can't beat original, make more--noomi is great bring her back for more!!!!

- ddddbone@aol.com, 26 January 2012

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I've just finished reading the trilogy, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. They were three great books and I was completely engrossed! Now I'm going to see the move, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo". Thank you, Stieg Larsson!

- Jan Rasmussen, 18 January 2012

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I was lucky enough to have been changing the tv channels to see what was on when I was bored and I watched "the girl with the dragon tattoo" the swedish version on SBS in Adelaide Sth Australia.

My husban and I were going to see the American version which has just been released in Australia.But after watching this version we will only watch the originals.

This movie was so well made, we loved it. Now I have just ordered the next two dvd's from our library. I will be reading the next 2 books before watching the dvd's.

thank you Stieg Larsson for your wonderful writing. I will remember this movie for many years to come.

Rest in Peace. ( so sad to read that Stieg had died in 2004).

- Marlene Paterson 13/01/2012, 13 January 2012

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writers never die, their words and thoughts are living in all who read their fantastic books, each word comes alive, and each story, plot and adventure is relived. Stieg Larsson, is with us all today and tomorrow, for words have power to move and to change us, hopefully to become more understanding, compassion and better human beings. THANKYOU STIEG......

- Leah pallaris 6th january 2012., 5 January 2012

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The best story ever...The best author ever...May he be born among us again & get suceeded through his unfathomable gifts...!

- Jean warnan, 4 January 2012

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brilliant ficton, some of the best iv,e ever read, loved salander and blomkvist.so sad that Stieg Larssons is not with us.would love to express to him just how good these books are. i fear that i with never read another book that took over my life,could not , would not put them down. will miss salander and blomkvist forever.

- vicki /australia, 3 January 2012

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Normally takes me forever to read any novel! Fortune smiled when I chanced upon "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" while surfing the net. I read all three in quick succession, like I was starving! Fantastic craftsmanship! All were page turners that turned on my brain screen in full color. I look forward to Eva's successful negotiations with Stieg's father & brother to publish the fourth book in the series but if Stieg had survived we would have 10----wow!!

- joe synal/USA, December 31, 2011, 31 December 2011

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