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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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Oi, sou brasileira, li os três livros e são incriveis.....a leitura me prendeu de tal forma que as páginas passavam sem que percebesse.

No final do terceiro livro tive a impressão que fosse haver uma continuação, será que o autor não deixou alguma obra inacabada?

É uma pena que um autor como o Sr. Larsson tenha morrido tão jovem.

- Monica, 17 January 2010

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Hello.

I live in Brazil and I bought two books of this excelent trilogy.

I want to report that Stieg was a brilliant man, and a perfext genius.

I wish I have known him.

- Michele, 17 January 2010

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Like so many others who've posted here I absolutely LOVE these books, I'm about half way through book number 3 and they are just so gripping. I only came across Stieg Larsson when i visited Audible and they were highly ranked so I thought I'd give them a go. The way he writes is just brilliant, you become totally immersed in the characters and the sequence of events, I really hope there is a 4th book. Its just so sad that such an incredible talent has gone so young.

- Kim Pevensey UK, 17 January 2010

I'm about halfway through the third book in audiobook form as well. I had read the first two books, but this was the first that in audio format. At first it was hard to keep track of all the Swedish names. Now I'm not sure what I'm going to do when it's over....

- abell, 17 January 2010

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I am sooo sorry to hear that Mr. Larsson has passed away. I just listened to the audio versions of both The Girl w/ the Dragon Tattoo & just today finished The Girl who Played w/ Fire. I hadn't heard of Mr. Larsson til last month, but really really liked the books. My sympathies to the family.

- Tim Magnuson, 16 January 2010

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Have read all three books. The third won't be published here until May but I found it on Ebay.

Lisbeth Salander is the most enchanting flawed protagonist in modern times. These books were more fun than I've had in years.

- Linda in San Diego, 15 January 2010

I want a Lisbeth Salander T-shirt!!! She is the most flawed, beautiful character I have read in a long time.

- PLG, 23 January 2010

"These books were more fun than I've had in years." -- How true and yet how tragically bittersweet!!! To know love, and to have lost it!!! :~(

- Adrian C, Singapore, 3 February 2010

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I don't normally read books more than once, but I shal read these three volumes over and over again.

Why do people with such talent have to die so young?

I have also read most of Henning Mankells 'Wallender'books and watched the very good (Swedish) TV series. I'm hoping to see the 'Millenium Trio' when it comes on TV.

- Derek Smith (UK), 14 January 2010

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I've found 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' disturbingly good. What I realised was that I share with this author a hatred of all forms of oppression; it's visceral and courses through his work. Glad that I discovered him and will make sure that others know. I have no stomach left to say how demoralising it is to have found such a unique talent and then understand that he died prematurely. As a black person in the UK, he can only hope that there are more templates of Steigh Larsson about, particularly as we go into the 'Long Descent.'

- Herschell Bennett, 14 January 2010

"disturbingly good" :)

- Adrian C, Singapore, 3 February 2010

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I'm told there is a 4th book

- , 14 January 2010

Is there really .. ??

- Whitney H, 18 January 2010

He started on the 4. book but after his death and the dispute between his girlfriend and his family they agreed that it had to be stopped.But resently i have heard that they may come to an agreement.Lets hope so:-)

- Ola B.Norway, 22 January 2010

Oh thats great! .. i hope a 4th book does come out..! :) :)

- whintey h, 29 January 2010

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For those of us who are suffering from "Larsson" withdrawal I can recommend the "Wallander" books by Henning Mankell. He began the series in the early 90s, and they have much the same feel as Stieg Larssons trilogy. It seems to be a writing style unique to Swedish (crime fiction) authors.

It started in my opinion with Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö who wrote a 10 book series about Martin Beck and his colleagues at the Stockholm homicide division. These stories are a less cerebral than Larssons, but definitely worth a read. A few of them have been made into movies, but they didn't do the books justice. The book covers can also be somewhat misleading, as they were designed to compete with American crime fiction a la Ed McBain.

- LHE in the 'Peg, 13 January 2010

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What does Kalle mean?

Its the name Lisbeth gives Blomquist but is it a nickname or short for Mikhael?

- richd E., 13 January 2010

Astrid Lindgren wrote children books about Kalle Blomqvist ,a child detective .

- Klas, 13 January 2010

Bill Bergson (original Swedish name: Kalle Blomkvist) is a fictional boy detective created by Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren. (Wikipedia)

- John, 13 January 2010

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