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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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The 4th Book

"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 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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I think I've never enjoyed a story as much as the millenium trilogy. I could not put it down and read al three books within a week. I can't help but fall in love with especially Lisbeth Salander, what a great character. I really hope that the rumour about a fourth book is true. I also saw the first two movies and have to wait till the end of March to see the third so meanwile I try to read anything on the web I can Find. So I saw that Hollywood is looking to make a remake of the original Swedish version and I must say that I'm horrified by that idea, if there is one thing that their not qualified to do in my opinion is put their 'Hollywood' hands on this story. Can you imagine what they would do to this? Most likely they find some hot babe to play Lisbeth and a happy ending where lisbeth and Mikael get married or something. Thank you Stieg Larsson to leave behind such a great novel and I certainly hope that this does't get raped.

- Nathalie from Holland, Sally you rock, 28 January 2010

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I was able to read all 3 books. Just amazing. They are like an onion, all with layers that peel away as you read the last book!!!!!! I also am at a loss. I have not been able to read anything else for the last 1 month. I usually read a book/week, and any other book I pick up I cannot finnish. Life for me is not the same. I think I am a different person thanks to Stieg Larsson.

- Ivana/Vancouver, Canada, 28 January 2010

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so amazing that the fans worldwide have nearly all the same sentiment about the 3 books. What now after putting down the last book ?? Bit of an emptiness. I went to bookstores trying to find something to fill this gap. In Belgium and last week in London, nothing really matches this. After reading the 5 th Dan Brown too on the first day it came out, I was pleased to have such a good alternative. ( Both genres not to be compared, but both page turners all the same. )

What about the rumours ( on the DVD extras' of film 1 ) that there is a unfinished 4 th manuscript. ?

Well, with or without Stieg, Blomkvist or the unreal Lisbeth S. , the real life goes on.

Have fun

A Fan from Belgium who lives in Paris.

- Guido / St Nom La Breteche 28.01.2010, 28 January 2010

I just finished the 2nd book and am looking forward to the 3rd. I'm so sorry he's not around to write anymore. Another writer I think is great (all his books are different) is Greg Iles. Very exciting books!

- Viki / Atlanta, Ga, 22 February 2010

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What a fantastic trilogy. Each book as good as the other. Please allow this wonderful partner to finish the fourth book so we can all find out if Lisbeth get revenge on the final evil one.

- Mandurah Reader, 28 January 2010

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i just finished the 2nd book of the millenium trilogy.. n cant wait to read the 3rd (i must wait 3 or 5 month later:(...)

Great story n great writer..

- tina.. jakarta , indonesia, 28 January 2010

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I have just this minute finished the last book of The millennium trilogy. I would put Stieg Larsson at the top of my list as my favorite author. I was totally shocked half way through the Hornets Nest, to be told that Stieg was dead. ( I don't like to read the back of the sleeve) ...then I read this dribble that he apparently did not write the book ( The Australian Newspaper-Jan 27 ) as he was incapable.......is this a conspiracy? I found the 3 books impossible to put down and the plot twists facinating. Apparently there were 7 more books he was planning to follow up with. I am at a loss a what to read next!

Posted by Emma B-K in Perth, Australia , 27 januari 2010

- Emma Perth, Australia, 28 January 2010

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