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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

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Is your prime interest the movies being made? Or are you a huge fan of Lisbeth Salander?

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My reading in the last week..Herman Hesse's, Goldmund and Narcissus I will keep it close to me forever, a life partner. The trilogy, a thrilling, scintillating, exotic, intoxicating and inspiring one night stand. I'll hold that secret smile for a long time to come. Blessed too to get to read them all in such a short time, I advise! Thank you Kris Kindle.

- Harry, Éire., 25 January 2010

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I understand that Lisbeth was loosly based on Stieg's niece and Kalle was based on himself.

- anne, 25 January 2010

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I have "the girl with the dragon tattoo" . It is very exciting and it is great ! . It isn't popular in Turkey. Because only first book translated to the Turkish.

- crazyy, 25 January 2010

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Hi! i loved millennium trilogy so much that

i got inspired to draw!

Anyone who want to see the result please check this link : http://janita.deviantart.com/art/Lisbeth-Salander-150628924

- Janina, Portugal, 24 January 2010

Olá Janina! É bom encontrar alguém "lá da terra"!

De Alfama Lisboa

Trnaslation: Hi Janina! It's good to meet someone from back home

- Maria from Lisbon Portugal, 6 February 2010

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I have just finished reading Stieg Larssons' trilogy Millenium - in Portuguese tanslated from the French edition. I have mixed feelings now: on one hand I am sad because I know it is all over. On the other hand I am greatful because I have read it. Reading Larsson is almost hypnotic. He stimulates our curiosity and our "passion" for the main characters. But I believe it goes beyond simple "entertainment". I do not think I will be able to read a newspaper the same way I did before.

- ESK, Brazil, 24 January 2010

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The books are not so popular in Russia these days as the first one is just been translated, but the ones who read the 3 ones are waiting for the movies and for the 4th book as well (even if without the main part) - at least the writer managed to create the characters and we can switch on our imagination

- Amira, 24 January 2010

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I am just finishing the 3rd book and I can't believe that this gifted author is dead. My heart breaks when I think of Eva who undoubtedly was Larsson's Berger. What a terrible loss with his passing.

- D.Wilbanks, Washington State, USA, 24 January 2010

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I was so sorry to read about Steigs death, I only got the Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest yesterday and I am so enjoying it, but with a tinge of sadness at the waste of such a wonderful talent.

- Glasgow Annie, 24 January 2010

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I think Larsson should no more be compared with John Grisham or Dan Brown. He is head and shoulder above them. Reviewers should now start comparing him with Dostoevsky or Borges. Period!

- Suvojit, Delhi, India, 22 January 2010

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i am 37 and never read a book untill this year. I have read about 20 books now.and after i finish reading the hornets nest,I know that i will never enjoy reading as much again.

- Troy from TEXAS, 21 January 2010

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