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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 was hooked from the outset and loved every twist and turn....the best I have read in a long time.

- WK, 15 February 2010

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Having just finished "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" I have to say I was impressed. Clearly it is a fine book - sadly it it at least 200 pages too long. Here's a writer with real talent desperately in need of an editor.

Dan Fante

- , 15 February 2010

It took awhile to get into the story, as there's quite a lot of unneccesary discription and so many characters, but once I did , I couldn't put it down. Can wait to read the next two. How ad that there won't be anymore. :(

- TLR, 17 February 2010

I just finished "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo".. Thumbs Up !!

- , 17 February 2010

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Just finished the trilogy and all i can say is wow.

- Sam, 15 February 2010

Curoious how you finished the trilogy when the third book is not out yet.

- paul, 19 February 2010

Ok I see it's out in Europe sorry really looking forward to reading it.

- paul, 19 February 2010

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Just Finished The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. And I have to say that I'm quite sad, due to the fact that, there aren't any more books and nor will there be. Thoutgh I've heard rumours that there is a 4th book. One could only hope.

- Ernie P. (South-Africa), 15 February 2010

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First I only watched the movie "the girl with the dragon-tattoo" I liked but I didn't think it to be that great... Besides I don't really like the writing-style of most of the nordish authors... But then I read "the girl with the dragon-tattoo" and I was absolutly thrilled... Though I knew the story and the solution of the book it captivated me from the first to the last page... Read all the nearly 700 pages in one day...

Absolutly genius..

- Sarah S. (Germany), 14 February 2010

Sarah, may I ask? When did you see the movie? Here in the US it's not out at all.....

- D.C. (USA), 20 February 2010

Not every film is released in the US first. Believe it or not there is a thriving film business outside L.A.

- SY (USA), 9 Mars 2010

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The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire are two of the very best fiction stories I have ever read. These two books can stand shoulder-to-shoulder on my book shelf with some of the great classics of all time. What an incredible character Mr. Larsson has created in Lisbeth. His untimely death is a great tragedy for the reading public.

- Paul C (author and English professsor), 14 February 2010

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I live in Toronto and found out that the third book won't be available in Canada until May - BUT, I just got back Copenhagen and snagged a copy of the third book at the airport. If you live in Toronto and want to borrow it when I'm done, let me know. Happy to share. Ann

- Ann, 13 February 2010

Hi Ann, you are soo lucky! it is such a long long time to wait until the 3rd book is out in May!! would you be willing to mail to FL?

- Leslie, 17 February 2010

I bought mine in Australia.

- Helen Pepper, 2 Mars 2010

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I don't really want to read about a woman being tortured, especially when I get to the end of the chapter and find out it's a 13 yr old girl!!! This seems to me to be a pedophilic author trying to LURE in the masses with seemingly benign writing and then we later find out that it's actuallly a pedophilic exerpt ('it was her thirteenth birthday'). Same way Lisbeth SEEMS like a 24 yr. old adult (as described) but LOOKS like a CHILD- don't fall into the trap of a very crafty pedophile!!

- melissa peaslee, 13 February 2010

Are you kidding me???? That is just such a load of crap!!!

- Stelle, 13 February 2010

Melissa: Without spoiling the novel, I can say that your characterization about what is going on in that chapter is dead wrong.

- Alex, 13 February 2010

Melissa, I am sad to be the one to have to tell you this, but you are an idiot first class. I am curious though, were you born an idiot or did you have to work hard to become one?

- cajun flavor, 15 February 2010

Melissa, you don't know what you're talking about, right? Rather go read the books and then come back. It just makes you look really stupid ATM.

- Ernie P. (South-Africa), 15 February 2010

Melissa, I was suspicious initially, too. Luckily, I'd been given it to read by a feminist friend, so continued to read. It's not what you think. On the contrary.

- Sara, 17 February 2010

Melissa, I can only support the above comments on your views on the autor. This has nothing to do with Larrson having a sick mind. On the contrary, he puts his finger on a realistic wound in our society, (sadistic and dominant behavior of certain men ) and gave the caracter Lisbeth Salander the courage and willpower to fight this in her own way.

Maybe this fictional person will give the power to some women in this world to fight back when agressed for no reason at all. This is a very realistic story in many ways. This shit start at young age at school at this problematic is of our current days.

so, don't condemn without reading his work, and just based on some comments or reviews.

- Guido St Nom La Breteche 28.01.2010, 17 February 2010

Good for you Melissa for expressing your opinion albeit forcefully. I always wonder about people who write about sadistic crime and whether they take some sort of prurient interest in it. However I don't think that's where Larsson is coming from - his agenda is made very explicit in the first book (the only one I have read although I know the bit you're referring to) - he wants to expose and condemn violence against women. I wasn't convinced though by Eva, Cecilia and Lisbeth's readiness to jump into bed with him, no strings attached, however!

- ST, UK, 18 February 2010

I liked the book and read the whole of it, but agree with Melissa that I wondered why the violence had to be pushed to such unbearable levels in order to make the obvious points. Until I found out about Larsson´s political background, I also questioned his motives. Now I assume that perhaps he wanted to cross a line that could otherwise still be titillating for some?

In any case, I do not see any idiocy in such considerations - and your comments, cajun flavour, merely remind me of the less tolerant and agreeable characters in Larsson´s books.

- Angelika, London, 22 February 2010

Melissa, it is funny to read such a comment because the book is quite the other way around.

Your pre-concept (your mind set) did not allow you to see the real thing.

I am sorry for you.

- Jorge Segui, 23 February 2010

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I am just now reading The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and have to admit that I never red (or seen a movie) that interesting in my all life.

The most beautiful thing is a feeling that author of this book seams so human and sophisticated.

Soul man.

I miss Stieg Larsson a lot.

- Ana-Marija, 12 February 2010

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Here in Chile we need many L.S. and M.B. regarding

the new elected president.

- , 11 February 2010

Interestrng, I know so little about Chilean politics. Your current former president could not stand for reelection!? The alternative party candidate was uninspiring!? The eventual victor had powerful media interests? What is there to know?

- Polly, 12 February 2010

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