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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 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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I'm with all of you who love Stieg Larsson's books. My religion teaches that after death we still go on with our talents and keep improving them. I trust that is true and that Stieg Larsson is or has finished his books. After my life is over, I'll look forward to reading the rest of the series at last.

- KL, 19 January 2010

amen

- Troy from TEXAS, 21 January 2010

wow-zez

- Adrian C, Singapore, 3 February 2010

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I have just finished reading "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and was totally enthralled by it from start to finish. It has re-ignited my interest in reading which I have not done in a number of years. I read from beginning to end in two sittings and found the plot gripping. I cannot praise the author and his work highly enough. I will be picking up the next book in the millenium series asap!

Heres to you Stieg, a master of your craft.

- CJC, Dublin, 18 January 2010

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Last night I finished "Hornet" and I am so saddened by knowing there will be no more Stieg-works. He wrote I believe, like all writers aspire to. He was excellent. I read all the time, and I cannot name any other author that has moved me, inspired me, and had me buried in the pages, as this man did.

He weaves a yarn with so many threads that the tapestry warms you, intrigues you, mesmerizes you, and makes you know immediately that he is a very special man with a talent unparalleled by none I've ever read.

Stieg Larsson had more talent than any mystery/action drama writer than I've ever met between the bindings of a book, no matter the country of origin. As I read his words for hours on end, I wondered where the flow of these stories came from, how he came to find these ideas, where he 'met' these characters, and thusly, about his own life.

Recently while listening to National Public Radio here in the U.S. I heard the story of what seems to be transpiring now in Sweden about his heirs and the money he leaves behind; who should receive it and why. I find that very sad. I also understood from the story on the radio that he had a woman he lived with for 25 years who may or may not be entitled to his monies.

This is a sad thing, for one cannot help but feel as though they 'know' that "Berger" is the love of his life, and that though he sampled life to its fullest extent, his heart lived with 'her' in it.

From now on, I will compare 'my' authors with what I've learned and enjoyed reading Stieg's characters and stories and I know no one can fill his boots probably for the rest of my life. (I have about 25 years left, should I not meet an unexpected 'doom'!)

If you've not read these books, then let me suggest that you do. All THREE of them, and all at one time. From the first book ( Dragon) then the second (Fire) to the last, (Hornet) and read nothing in between. It's a WILD ride.

Thank you Stieg and yes, only the good die young!

Skip

Las Vegas, NV. U.S.

- , 18 January 2010

Your comment is exactly how I feel about Stieg Larsson's writing and his books. Thank you for your beautiful words.

- Fiona, 18 January 2010

where did you get a hold of Hornet? I was under the impression that it wont be released until May 2010

- EA, 19 January 2010

I just herad about the books last night. Right now a am going out to get them. Everybody in my country is talking about it.

- jsm, 27 January 2010

Thanks, man. You eulogised him perfectly!

- Adrian C, Singapore, 3 February 2010

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I just read "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo"...I could not put the book down. This book has renewed my love of reading after a long hiatus since motherhood. I am eager to read "...Fire" and am ordering the book tonight. I'd love to see the movies to see how their cast resembles what I have in my imagination...THANK YOU FOR WONDERFUL, MEANINGFUL LITERATURE!!

- A.G., Ohio, 17 January 2010

Stieg Larsson's writing style is quite unique and his passion for righting society is at a level not reached by other Swedish authors in. However, if you like books that comment on the ills of society without being preachy, while also providing a great story, have a look at the Wallander series by Henning Mankell. I have mentioned these books in a previous comment, but as I re-read them I find a number of things that also appear in Stieg Larsson's books (The Fifth Woman (?) has a lawyer named Bjurman). The series begins with "Killers without Faces"; this is a direct translation of the Swedish title.

- LHE in the 'Peg, 17 January 2010

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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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