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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

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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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Have read the first 2 and am now half way through the third one. I have absolutely loved these books and am reading the last one as slowly as possible to maximise the enjoyment. Let's hope that the family arrange to have the fourth one finished by a ghost writer...and then bring out the rest of the envisaged books. Fantastic reads.

- Geraldine B. South Africa, 31 December 2009

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I just finished the third book. I would really really love for the 4th book to be published.

- ANONYMOUS, 31 December 2009

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Right wingers alive & well in USA ...we call them our government. Loved this book and will savor the next two......even while in federal prision. Long live the fight against racism & injustice .....everywhere!!

- BLS for Lynne Stewart, 30 December 2009

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Just finished "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," and loved it, can't wait to read the next two! How sad he is gone, and monstrous that he was threatened by right wingers. The right-wing nuts in America seek to destroy anything in their path that doesn't agree with their psychotic philosophy. They are my country's own taliban. I will savor the next three books. Thank you Stieg Larsson if you can read this.

- Sandra Brown,, 30 December 2009

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An impressive trilogy that holds the reader's attention from the first sentence to the very last word. A wonderful christmas present that I have been unable to put down until I had finished.

- Gerard, Taupo, New Zealand, 30 December 2009

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Lisbeth is my newest all time favourate heroine, I think she'll beat Lara Croft any place any time.

Everytime I look at the three millenium books in my bookshelf, I cannot help myself for hoping(wishing actually) for a fourth book to appear out of the blue.

I've recommended this book to all my reading buddies and all of them share my feelings about the fourth book.

Thanks Stieg and may you rest in peace.

- Hennie, Namibia, 30 December 2009

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I am surprised to read all the negative input.

So, on a postitive note, I thought both the actress who played Lisbeth ( Noomi Rapace), and the actor who played Blomquist ( Mikael Nykvist), were perfect.

They looked exactly as I had pictured, reading the books. Actually, all the actors chosen for various roles, were " right on". exciting to see that Sweden could produce a quality action movie (s)!! Yes, I read all 3 books, and so far I have seen 2 of the movies.

Caroline

- , 30 December 2009

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Just finished the first one (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and am starting the second one (The Girl Who Played with Fire) right now. Awesome read, and truly couldn't put it down.

- JAG, 30 December 2009

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These books are absolutely teriffic reads. I have read the first 2 and am waiting to read the third. As a librarian in cleveland Ohio I highly recommend Stieg Larsson's books. HNB

- Oxley, 29 December 2009

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Sry, but my english is so bad, so I write my comment in german.

Es ist wirklich bedauerlich, dass ein so großartiger Schriftsteller so früh verstorben ist. Ein Traum von mir wäre, wenn es ein Schriftsteller wagen würde, die Konzepte von Larson für die Bücher 4 bis 6 in packende Krimis zu verwandeln, der Norden Europas hat so viele großartige Autoren.

R.I.P Stieg Larson

- Black, 29 December 2009

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