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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

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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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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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In one day I completed 'Fire' after a thrilling ride reading 'Dragon'. These books have re-newed my interest in reading which I have not done in a number of years. I went out shortly after that to purchase 'Hornet' however arrived after closing time. I am already suffering withdrawal symptons...and find myself at a loose end anxiously looking forward to the next read....thank you for a superb read..... i found myself totally transorted in the mind of salander and i hve managed to actually understand basic equations which i hated as a student. I hope the movie does justice to these outstanding novels which usually is not the case. May you R. I. P Mr Larsson.

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- Lynette, Cape Town South Africa, 20 January 2010

Hey Lynette, I LOL-ed after reading your comment!! I suffered exactly the same problems as you and the others described here:

1, renewed my interest in reading fiction

2, suffering withdrawal symptoms!

3, anxious to read the next one, yet filled with sadness that the enjoyment would end too soon

I have also finished "Fire" and "Dragon" and am waiting for "Nest" to come out in paperback format. I wonder how long I can wait before I cave in and buy the hardcover version...

- Adrian C, Singapore, 3 February 2010

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I am busy reading "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest", and I am enjoying it as much as the first 2 in the series.

Though I am unhappy with the knowledge that once I have read the very last word, that will be it forever for this compelling tale!

Stieg Larsson has given me great insight into the psyche of some of the most fascinating charaters I have ever read about.

Hope the movie does justice to your words Stieg...!

R.I.P.

- Phillippa Cape Town South Africa, 20 January 2010

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I just finished whole trilogy. One of the best story I ever read. Great writer. Chapeau bas :)

- Paul from Poland., 19 January 2010

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Just finished the second book in the millenium series, can't wait to read the third. A pity that this brilliant writer and activist is no more. He has given such an insight in to the ugly underbelly of one of the so called developed nations of the world!

shanthi.R,India

- shanthi.R, 19 January 2010

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The girl who played with fire book rock.I read it everyday before i sleep it is very interest,especially Lisbeth's charecter and i'm looking forward to read The girl who kicked the hornests's nest as soon i get hold of it at our local bookshops

- shirleykhosa(South Africa), 19 January 2010

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Got told about these books by accident ( !) in Watersons, and I have just finished the first one , Brilliant, kept me up all night but it was SO worth it.

- Mo Ferrington, 19 January 2010

I hope u feel like you have someone to keep you busy like Lisbeth Salander girl

- shirleykhosa(south Africa), 19 January 2010

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