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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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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 boards 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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Because of Paulo Coelho started to read his work. It is fantastic!

- Breno, 17 December 2009

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I am about to begin Book I. It seems absolutely great, and requiescat in pace.

- , 17 December 2009

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It's an amazing series of books !! I am at pag 550 of the second book and I think that this evening I will finish it and start in the next days the third one. I am to deep into the story , while reading It seems to be there to watch the scene ! Kalle and Sally what a special couple of investigators, I am fascinated from this so clever girl..It's a pity that Mr. Larsson passed away , are you all sure that there are no books left??

S.Targa, Milano Italy

- S.Targa, 16 December 2009

The third is, The girl who kicked the hornets nest.

- , 26 December 2009

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The millennium series will remain a hot fav for me for a long time to come. From the plot to the characters to the extensive information that is provided surpasses any book that i hve read thus far, and i read ALOT. Its hard to keep me at the edge of my seat or interested content wise. The short of it is that yes would love, give my left arm.....for the fourth book.

- , 15 December 2009

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We loved this series of books...They were completely intriguing and spell binding. I found myself wanting to screem aloud "run Lizbeth run"!!! I could not wait for the next book to come out. I was devestated when talking about the books with co-workers to discover Mr. Larrson had entered into forever rest. I am sad at the knowledge that there will be no future books from him.

Wanda Lee/Sunnyvale, CA

- , 15 December 2009

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There are very few books that totally absorb you.

Three of them sort of blow you away.

Well done and RIP

- Dave Wright, 13 December 2009

blows you away is so so true!!!

- Adrian C, Singapore, 3 February 2010

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I am in love with the triology that Stieg Larsoon gave us as a gift!!! when i finished the second one and went to barnes & noble for the third one and they told me it wasnt on sell until january 2010, i called my uncle and he send it thru Fedex the next day from peru!! Lisbeth Salander is the best female character i have read so far!!! i read the third book in 3 days... could not stop reading it!!!

however i dont know how to get hold of the movies!!!

Really that the 4th book gets published!!!

Gaby Coll- Florida

- , 13 December 2009

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I have never read such an electrifying trilogy until now.


I already miss the adventures of Calle and Pippi.

- Hazra Beausoleil, 12 December 2009

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The trilogy is amazing - one of the best reads of my life. I wonder why he didn't abhor extreme left political views as much as right wing? In my view they're just as bad.

Where can I find books written by this facinating man.

- S Roberts, 12 December 2009

No more books have been published in English. Plenty of articles in Swedish, though... In Sweden right wing activists have been very active during the last decades and have been vary violent, while there has been considerably less violence from the extreme left in this country.

- Anna/Sweden, 7 January 2010

That is true. Right wing activists have comitted at least 20 murdes the last years. Stieg was fighting those people untill the end!! RIP

- TG, 22 Mars 2010

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i am half way through my second book, i now have a magazine picture of lisbeth salander on my wall.

never before has a sexy character taken over my life..

i am starstruck!!!

Fantastic!! :)

- donna morgan, 12 December 2009

i also would like to know where i can find more book written by him??? can some one please reply to my comment and let me know???

- donna morgan, 13 December 2009

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