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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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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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I finished to read the 3 books of the trilogy this week, and I think they are amazing and larsson is a pretty good writer. These books are one of the most greater that I ever read.

- Sofia Gonzalez, 5 December 2009

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I have to have a break after reading your books, nothing else quenches my thirst. In fact I experience withdrawal symptoms.

- Clark Roberts, 5 December 2009

Absolutely absolutely!!! Make that 2x the withdrawal symptoms!!!

- Adrian C, Singapore, 3 February 2010

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is available in 2009 edition in English both new and used and hardback and paperback on Amzaon

- Derf Salt Lake City, 3 December 2009

ok, thanks:)

- salvatore, 4 December 2009

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I'm writing from Calgary, Alberta in Canada. I picked up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo randomly at my public library for reading while on vacation in Mexico. I had trouble putting it down. I did not realize until I was finished that this was the first one of a trilogy. I felt at the end of the book that there had to be more, so was pleased to find out that there were two more books to read. However, when I put a hold on the second book, I am 234 on a waiting list and no mention of the third book. I'm not sure if my library had not received this in paperback yet. I will have to investigate. At any rate, I an anxious to read more. As a senior, I do not usually purchase books because of the cost, so may have a bit of a wait. Oh well, it will be worth it.

- Mindysmom, Calgary Canada, 2 December 2009

It was published in the UK in October. I was lucky enough to be there and bring a copy back to Miami.

- Laurie, 4 December 2009

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I think that stieg larsson wanted to denounce a lot of irregularities and corruption in sweden , could have been an assasination? , I mean is there ppl happy without stieg larsson outhere?

- Victor, 2 December 2009

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I read this book on holiday, what a great book. I can hardly wait to read the next two. I'd love to see the movie, I'd be fine with subtitles. I'm from Canada and the cold and snow flet so familiar.

- Andrea from Ontario, 1 December 2009

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Larsson was not only an excellent writer, a wizard of detective story, but - very importantly - all he stood for is clear in his writings: human rights and anti-rasism. The world of 21st century is still full of prejudice, extermism, hypocracy, and abuse and Larsson pointed this out in every chapter. Sadly, he is no longer with us to see his bestselling trilogy win hearts and hopefully influence souls worldwide.

- Danica Kicevac, 1 December 2009

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hey nilou - i got #3 from amazon.uk - go for it!!

- librarywench, 1 December 2009

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I just re-read the last 100 pages of the third book - this writer, this human being, was incredible and his death is a HUGE loss for serious readers as well as those who know what he was fighting for was right on - Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are among the most fascinating creations ever to grace the pages of a novel - the 2nd novel left me stunned it was that good and that surprising. these are being given to my man for xmas and if he doesn't LOVE them I may have to dump him!!

- librarywench, 1 December 2009

lol to last comment - I get that totally :) - as for the rest of the comment - I also totally concur. A real loss not just the writer but the human being.

- vivcallaghan, 2 December 2009

My gf is still starting Book 1 and has not made much progress. This is becoming a serious problem... !!! :P

- Adrian C, Singapore, 3 February 2010

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