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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 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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My wife is Estonian from Russian origin and was interested to see if the trilogi has been translated into russian. I read the Dutch version and that is too difficult for her. I do'nt think there's a Russian version yet. They are probalby still negociating with publishers. Can you imagine if this work comes out in Chinees / Russian or Indian versions how many more they will sell. My wife did some research on internet and claims that Stieg Larsson was popular in Russia for his playwritting ?? This is new for me after reading and seeing ( DVD 1 extra ) his biografie. I told her this is probably a case of mistaken identity. Stieg and Larsson are such a common names in Sweden that I think this is probably another person. Does anybody know if this could be true. I want to proove my wife wrong, and not easy to do that.

As I said, she is Russian :)

Guido from Paris

- , 1 February 2010

Yes he is another Swedish author, known for his quite weird and dark dramas about power and vulnerability. But he spells his name Stig, not Stieg.

By the way, Stieg was named Stig but changed to avoid confusion with the mentioned Stig. I have never heard of another Stieg Larsson.

- Tom, 1 February 2010

Txs Tom. Nice that somebody could answer this for me. I was right and my dear wife was wrong. She'll be pissed. lol. Enjoy reading

- Guido from Paris, 3 February 2010

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January 2010 - Well, I just finished reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and I thoroughly loved it. I found it to be no worse written than most good stories, in fact, somewhat better than most. The 1st half is kind of slow, but, I was hard pressed to stop reading to sleep during the 2nd half. That's in keeping with most good story books I've enjoyed. Other than expecting more about nazis than was put in, I was satisified that it alluded that most nazis are perverted sick dysfunctional 'human' beings. And that there seems to be a lot of those amongst big corporations, which historically is the benefactor of national socialism. As for whether he wrote every word, it is extremely common practice for good writers to have help, to consult 1 person or a team of people to critique the work and inspire re-writes. It is also a common practice for 1 person to have the overall idea, but, for another to write it in the way that many will enjoy reading it. Look at Dick Francis of the UK. One of the most successful writers of mystery books. He always said he relied on and depended on his wife's good assistance. Then some years after she died, he 'confessed' that the ideas and overall plot were his but the credit for putting it all in to pop-story reading format belonged to his deceased wife. With his consent of the results of course. So, I ask, what's wrong with any of that ? Nothing. If it turns out to be that Stieg Larsson had the ideas, the overall plot and story, and did all the research and outlined his books, while his partner Ms Gabrielsson did most of putting it in to an enjoyable result, it will not diminish my enjoyment of the 1st book, nor any others I am lucky to get to read in the future. - Thank you Mr. Larsson, where-ever you are, and Ms Gabrielsson, for your good books. - As for Mr. Larsson's very untimely death, did he have any signs or symptoms or family history of heart troubles ? It's only because of his fiction books that I ever heard about him and his anti-nazi efforts for decades. Obviously these books would have given him a global platform to shine a very bright light on the very real threat of global neo-nazism today. It's very easy to induce a heart attack that's undetectable as not being natural. Perhaps 'they' assassinated him with a 'loaded umbrella' one day on a street corner to stop Mr. Larsson from educating the world about 'them' thru his fact-based pseudo-fiction books.

- Steve Hartwell, Toronto, Canada, January 2010, 31 January 2010

Wow, I was wondering the same thing about the demise of Mr. Lasson....hmmmm. Do you think he wants us to think something like that might have happened to him and he is really very much alive, and all of this is just a big ruse to make his work more popular????? Hmmm......just thinking....

- Julia I. Redalnds, CA, 10 February 2010

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I wrote a comment and it disappeared! Iown and have read the first two books as has my husband. I want the 3rd book! I live in Alabama in U.S. How do I get the 3rd? HELP!

- E.K. Langford, 30 January 2010

Waterstone's in the UK. Cost $30 with shipping. Took 1 week to get Houston

- MR, 31 January 2010

I got mine from amazon.uk - price to NM was $27.87. Well worth it!

- Suzanne, 4 February 2010

Oh, and it only took 6 days!

- Suzanne, 4 February 2010

I got a present of an AmazonKindle for Christmas and downloaded all three books for just over $20.00. The best present ever and the best $20.00 ever spent. Having read 3 of the most fantastic books, I also wonder if Steig's death was unseemly!

- Jac. Ireland, 7 February 2010

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Love these books! Will be both happy and sad to read the 3rd. Have a question though-----There is a Swedish childrens author/alphabet book mentioned in the 1st or 2nd book, anyone have this info?

- applev, 30 January 2010

Astrid Lindgren and her "Pippi Longstockings" books.

- KL, 30 January 2010

I beleive this refers to a well known (at the time) alphabet book published in 1966 by a television show called Hylands Hörna. The content consisted of two-line ryhms contributed by the viewers and the proceeds went to charity. The pictures were drawn by famous artists. (for those familiar with Swedish you can find the texts for example here: http://www.minabibliotek.se/default.aspx?id=101349 )

- Mike, Stocholm, 30 January 2010

Absolutely excellent books! I was raised with it and all my friends loved it too.

- JVN, 30 January 2010

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Je viens de finir la trilogie de Stieg Larsson . Fantastique .... C'était un très bon auteur qui mérite son succès et ce sera sûrement l'un des meilleurs polars que j'ai lus.!!!!! Bien dommage de ne pas avoir la suite. Merci à lui.

- Alyfera, 29 January 2010

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hi, the first book wich i just read was perfect, also it is the most exciting book ever i think.

thanks to Steig Larssonn

türkiye

- selçuk, 29 January 2010

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