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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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What a series! Couldn't put them down. So sad there'll never be another one!

- Michael Slimberg, 11 January 2010

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Surely foul play was suspected ?- was he not murdered by the right-wing maniacs - i am not convinced of any heart attack! or have I been reading too much Stieg Larsson!!!

- Margie Molenaar South Africa, 11 January 2010

I have been thinking on the same lines! Just finished the third book. I have enjoyed them so much and telling everybody about them. Will be difficult for the moment to pick up another book.

- Marion, Glastonbury, 14 January 2010

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For those of you who cannot wait for the third of the Millenium "The girl who kicked the hornets nest" you can purchase a copy from The Book Depository in the UK; go to www.bookdepository.co.uk. Cost is $25 CDN, including delivery which is in about 5 to 8 days from order.

Like the preceding two it is a "cannot put down read".

Now I'm going to read them all over because I am sure I missed some things!

- Arthur M, Canada, 11 January 2010

This trilogy warrants the commision of a new word "unputdownable"!!!

And btw, it's now SOLD OUT on the Book Despository...!!!

- Adrian C, Singapore, 3 February 2010

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Bought audio book of girl with dragon tattoo and cannot put it down! a very good read !!

- Sandra, 11 January 2010

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I have just read the first two Lisbeth Salander books - I read both in a total of 5 days!! FANTASTIC books!! The very best I've read for a long long time.

I found out about Stieg's books purely from the 'most popular' listing on the web. Word of mouth is very powerful!

Now I've got to get my hands on the third book. It took me 2 weeks for my library to get me the first 2 books, hopefully they can work equally quickly...

Thanks Stieg. I will make sure all my friends know of your works.

- Steve Roberts, 11 January 2010

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Journaliste moi-même, je ne puis qu'apprécier avec respect l'extraordinaire travail de recherche et de documentation réalisé par Stieg Larsson pour créer sa trilogie. On ne peut que regretter que ce fantastique écrivain soit parti si vite. On peut imaginer l'?uvre qu'il aurait pu produire s'il était resté en vie.

- Pierre De Greef Belgium/France, 10 January 2010

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I just finished reading the third and last book of the trilogy, wauw I am deeply impressed!!! I have never ever read books like these three before, magnificent. It is a great loss that Mr Stieg Larsson has passed away at such an early age, the world has lost a great and passionate writer.

- Boudina/the Netherlands, 10 January 2010

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Absolutely love his first two books. Looking forward to reading the third. How incredibly sad that there will be no more books. What a talent!

- Lynne from Doncaster, Melbourne, 10 January 2010, 10 January 2010

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I'm so upset that there will be no more Stieg Larsson novels. I loved the whole series. Read it with blearied eyes after a week of non stop reading.

- Cheers from Down Under, 10 January 2010

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I fell upon his first book because of the Title.

I loved it, and went straight for the second and looking forward to reading the final in the trilogy So sorry to see such talent die young. Sadder still that there will be no more books of his to read.

- , 10 January 2010

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