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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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Is there a movie of the books planned?

- Lonna Calas, 9 January 2010

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Just say NO!

to a Hollywood remake in honour of Stieg Larsson's memory.

- LHE in the 'Peg, 9 January 2010

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I am reading the book and is mesmerized by the superb plot and dramtic turn of events.The rescearch is awsome.His premature death is a great loss to the crime fiction genre.

- Subrata Banerjee from Kolkata, 9 January 2010

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2 of the best books I have ever read. Couldn't put them down

- wrpfctrsvn@earthlink.net, 9 January 2010

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Hi! I just wanted to say that I am in awe of these books. There is no way I can wait until May of 2010 for the third book! Please send me an early copy...I'm begging!

- Christi, Missouri, USA, 8 January 2010

Here's a good incentive to learn Swedish is a hurry ;)

- LHE in the 'Peg, 9 January 2010

The third book just takes things to a new level...

- kathryn, 9 January 2010

Oh the book came out in Britain in September after a few false dates were given...

- kathryn, 9 January 2010

You can order the third through amazon.co.uk, though you may need a UK middleman as they do not seem to post to the US, I just ordered two copies. Good luck.

- Vix, 9 January 2010

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I just hope this heads up could somehow reach the author. In portuguese, the titles have been COMPLETELY altered. It's disgusting, no one has the right to do so, it's not their story.

The first book, translating from portuguese, is now called "The men that did not love the women", and the third one is now called "The queen of the air castle". Only the second has been preserved.

I just wished this reached the author and he could intervene, in the name of his work, in this sick publisher here in Brazil. It is not even a translation, its the invention of an entire new title, just for the sakes of the publisher, that thinks it might sell more that way. Sad.

- Rafael, 8 January 2010

respect for author means sticking with hiis/her choice of title ,In Italy the first one is 'men who hate women', The same is done to film titles and some of the alternatives they come up with are ludicrous and have nothing to do with original. What right have they to meddle with the authors' choice?

- Jean, 8 January 2010

Guys, these are translations from the Swedish original. It's the English titles that are wrong!

- Fredrik Östman, 8 January 2010

exactly, so who can give us the literal, word for word translation from swedish to english?

- Peter Hahn, 8 January 2010

direct translation from Swedish to English

1st book: Men who hates women

2nd book: the girl who played with the file

3rd book: The Aircastle that were blown up

- Sam1981, 8 January 2010

You spelled wrong on the last word. It should be fire not file

- Alexander Sweden, 8 January 2010

While the titles were translated "wrongly" to English, I feel that the English titles added to my enjoyment of the books!!!

- Adrian C, Singapore, 3 February 2010

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I finished the 3rd book on Boxing Day, couldn't set to anything else until I had finished it. Read all three in December and do not recall enjoying a trilogy so much. What a writer, what a loss for his partner, he must have been an amazing man.

- Faye Cubitt, Qld, Australia, 8 January 2010

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I LOVE STIEG LARSSON!! HE IS THE BEST AUTHOR IN THE WORLD!!

Thank God that he made Lishbeth Salander alive and part of our hearts!!

- Gaby Coll, 7 January 2010

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I was deeply saddened when I read that Stieg Larsson had passed away. Such a wonderful author, the novels kept me spell bound...just finished the last novel and I feel a sense of loss as the characters have died along with the author. Thank you Mr. Larsson for taking me on such a thrilling journey through your words.

- Penelope - Canada, 7 January 2010

I agree with the sense of loss, however I think this was a stand alone story... I think it was loosely based on real happenings that Stieg had uncovered. I feel he has based Mikael Blomkvist on himself and has possibly told a story within a story. Will we ever know? It would be wonderful to hear from his partner.

- kathryn, 9 January 2010

- örjan, swedem, 11 January 2010

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Just finished the 3rd book in the trilogy. Don't normally read detective novels but picked up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was interested enough in the author to try it. Loved them all! Pity there aren't more male authors like him.

- Susan Shervington, 7 January 2010

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