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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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His books are about the very best I've read in years.

- , 7 February 2010

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I just finished reading the first book. I could not put it down. Stieg Larsson has a new fan.

- Brenda Cervantez - Cali., 6 February 2010

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This is one of the densest novels I've ever read! And you've got to pay attention...I love this heroine, she's everything that many of us would like to be, fearless, organized, supersmart. These are remarkable books indeed. I see a similarity between Lisbeth and Smilla ("Smilla's Sense of Snow"), the heroine of another wonderful Scandinavian imagination.

- Fru Teston, 6 February 2010

I will be looking for Peter Hoeg's Smilla's Sense of Snow. Thanks for the suggestion!!

- Julia I. Redlands, CA, 10 February 2010

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- m.m. oregon, 5 February 2010

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All three bookes are amazing. It kept me awake through several nights, and I had to force my self to go to sleep. I heard about a fourth book still in the PC of Larsson and only one person seems to be able to retrieve it. And, this person seems to be caught in a inheritance problem which is not settled yet. Maybe this is a rumor. As a fan I would love to read a fourth book. But, also sad to know that Stieg Larsson himself could not see his own book success.

K.I. - Netherlands

- , 5 February 2010

Salander can help us in this case .. :)

- , 17 February 2010

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I GOT THE FIRST BOOK FROM A FRIEND IN ENGLAND (I LIVE IN GREECE AND WE'RE A BIT BEHIND THE REST OF EUROPE!) AND RUSHED OUT WITHIN 2 DAYS TO PROCURE THE OTHER TWO - THANK GOD FOR PUBLIC BOOK STORES - FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE - ONLY SAD THAT THERE ISN'T A FOURTH . CAN ANYONE RECOMMEND ANY OF LARSSON'S WORK?

PAULA MCILWAINE-THESSALONIKI

- , 5 February 2010

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I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to Steig's first two books. His development of the characters is amazing. I was unaware of the third book until I came upon this website and have just ordered the third book on cd from Amazon.uk... thanks Suzanne! I cannot wait to see what Lisbeth gets entangled with in the last book.

- Tammy Lampro, Wisconsin, U.S., 4 February 2010

Oops.. spelled Stieg's name wrong... well, you all know who I meant.. :-)

- Tammy Lampro, Wisconsin, U.S., 4 February 2010

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The best books I ever read!! Now Its so difficult to find new book after those 3...

- Tine Vad, Denmark, 3 February 2010

Yeah.....I've never been so entertained in the crime-thriller catagory.....makes most of the so-called best American writers in the same genre look weak......but try Martin Cruz Smith if you are struggling with withdrawl symptoms to find anything else that comes close to Mr Larsson's three superior titles. Sadly though, finding a new character who matches up to Salander is going to be a serious problem!

- Eddie Walker Middlesbrough England, 5 February 2010

Thanks for the suggestion of Martin Cruz Smith! Any one book to recommend I start with???

- Julia I. Redlands, CA, 10 February 2010

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The Girl with the dragon tattoo is BRILLIANT!

I could not put the book down.

Needless to say I am looking forward to reading the other two. As Cristopher Corbett said, we could have followed Lisbeth for years.

- Stanford, 3 February 2010

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Just finished the Girl who Kicked the hornets nest. A friend ordered it from overseas because it's not available in the states yet. I thought it was better then the 1st two, that I also thought they were great. It's really too bad about Mr. Larsson's death as he hit a homerun with this series and Lisbeth was certainly someone we could follow for years to come. I'm sad now because I'm done with them.

- Christopher Corbett, from Michigan, 2 February 2010

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