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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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I'm halfway through the third book and I can't help having these mixed feelings! Sad because trilogy ends and eager to find out what happens... but that's normal, right? Anyway, I'm trying to make it last by reading just one chapter a week. That's also normal... right?

- vera, from far far away (Uruguay), 9 December 2009

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what a loss. I am in mourning for a great, interesting and civilized writer, Stieg Larsson.

A friend gave me the first book"The Girl with the Draggon Tatoo" and I read it in two days and nights; thank god i am retired and could stay home. I shall read slowly this time because i know after the third book there is no more. What shall I read after, even though there are wonderful writers about but Mr. Larsson with his palpable humanity is no more.

- helka new york city, 9 December 2009

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Hello

A friend offered me the 1st book. Once I got into the story I read it in a week or so. Sometimes I'd stay awake for hours at night, reading it. When I finished I got an english version of the 2nd book at the airport. I read it while on holidays (my girlfriend also get mad at me sometimes) :)

Now I finished it and get wait to get the 3rd book...

Greetings from Portugal

- , 8 December 2009

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I finished the second book. it will be hard towait for the last book to be released. I can hardwait but it makes me sad because there will not be more books to anticipate from someone who write so well.

- Shena Davis Elk, 8 December 2009

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I read the first book within days and am now nearly finished the second book. They are addictive :) I found out about the books from a girl at the bus stop who was reading the first one. I find I am very interested in Sweden now!

Trish Australia

- , 7 December 2009

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for some reason i can,t comprehend i had not heard of these books. I just finished the first one and it was amazing. Even knowing that i have two more to read I already feel the loss of this author who sadly did not get to see his work published. to the person who is #234 on the waiting list at his library ,I am #369 at mine and since i could not wait I went straight to the bookstore and bought the books. looking forward to seeing the movie too......

- e muraga, 7 December 2009

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I´m wrinting from Florianopolis, is a small island on the south of Brazil. I already read all the 3 books and saw the movie based on the first book. I have problens to put all the 3 books dawn, so much that my husband almost brokeup whit me about 100 times. The problem was that he didn´t have an argument. It was kind of funny. Bud my new probem now is that I don´t have anything good enouth to read. I was thinking someone could give me a tip for a real good book. Tanks and I wich you all have a MARRY CHRISTMAS !!!

this is my e-mail: lauscarolina@gmail.com

- Carolina Laus from Brazil ., 6 December 2009

hi i am an absolutely addicted to books have been for the last 6 years. the millennium trilogy has blown my mind like no other books have in the past. however i can reccomend some great reading for you.i will add later some fantastic reads that will also blow your mind

- donna morgan, 16 December 2009

so if you want to know some more books let me no please tiiitchy@live.com.au

- donna morgan, 18 January 2010

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I finished reading the trilogy last night at 5.00.I never thought by reading a book in 3 days.the last from trilogy.

- guarino salvatore, 6 December 2009

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Just fantastic ty

- guarino salvatore, 6 December 2009

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just finished the first book and credit it with getting me back to reading again. I loved it so much I was tempted at times to call in sick to my work just to get back to it. I found myself longing for 5.00pm so that I could take up the story where I was forced to leave off the previous day. I am so thrilled that there are another 2 volumes (at least) and according to at least 3 members of my family these are even better. I wish Eva Gabrielsson every success in her struggle for common justice.

I mourn the loss of a greatly talented writer.

- Bodee Beatty, Scotland, 6 December 2009

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- H. Chan, 10 December 2009

Yes, I wish Eva Gabrielsson to succeed in bring the outdated Swedish common law to an end and also succeed in being able to manage the series' publishing. It is most shameful she can not be able to enjoy the financial success the series bring. It is a slap in the face to Stieg Larsson's humanity. I wish you all the best.

- H. Chan, Canada, 10 December 2009

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