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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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It's been a long time since a book has tied me down like the 3 Millenium. Nearly caused a relationship drama and me falling asleep at work. A shame I can't let the author know how well written and probably well researched they were. The title were not really pointing in the direction of the content. Nearly cried when I finished the last page of the 3rd book. Had an instant crush on Salander and Blomqvist ,haha. Bit scared to watch the movies as they most of the time don't measure to the books. Anyway, good on ya Stieg wherever you are and I'm impressed with your work against racism and neonazi right wing politics - scary to the bone and the european political wind could blow even more of those in :o(

- Kerstin Reineke, Australia, 3 December 2011

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Great books, just cannot put them down. Did not read them in sequence, but it still worked. Salander is a really super lady. Waiting for the movie. Daniel Craig seems like a good Blomkvist. Don't know that there is any one that could be Salander...Angelina Jolie would be perfect, but she is too old!

- Allison Leavens, 30 November 2011

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I have just sat for 3 weeks and read the triology.Every available spare minute was used to read these books and i thouroughly enjoyed them.This weekend i am going to watch the films and hope they are a true interpretation of the books.Such a sad shame there will not be a 4th book about the prosecution of unit.

- joan, 29 November 2011

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It is a shame with so much money going to be made by these novels that everyone can't play nice. They refer to Eva as his life long partner and how is it that this is so easy to forget. A marriage license would have left the dad and brother in the cold, so why is this woman left out. They should all be happy and this can be if they just split the money three ways..plenty enough to go round. I have seen money ruin our family after our father died, perhaps this is what is meant when money is referred to is the root of all evil

- imac5270, 22 October 2011

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I hope and pray Eva gets her do. Plz hurry with book 4.

- Lanelle, 18 October 2011

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I have just read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and tonight at 10:40 I am going to watch the movie on Direct TV. I enjoyed that book can't wait to read The Who Played with Fire, read the excerpt and was pleasantly surprise to read that the author knew about Grenada since I am from the Caribbean (Trinidad).

- shermin keith, 16 October 2011

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what i find interesting is that in countries like the uk they cannot bring themselves to call a book "men who hate women" whereas in a country like italy - renowned for its sexist attitude to women they are quite comfortable to call the first book by its first title.

- confused feminist, 14 October 2011

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At the moment, my daughter of 20 and myself 61, only have seen

a series on Dutch TV of 'The girl with the dragon tattoo' we intend

to read all the Millennium Books in the near future.

- Esther Pieters, 9 October 2011

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The only thing that spoilt the trilogy for me was the fact that the Establishment finally got round to punishing the guilty. Simply cannot believe that this would happen, but perhaps that comes of living in whitewash Britain all of my life. Perhaps the wealthy and powerful in Sweden have to face justice from time to time. They should move here. They would be knighted!

- RedTed, 6 October 2011

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It's crazy to think that this series could have continued along the same vein anyway,. The basic morality of all three books is flawed, do you honestly think that no one is going to question Salander's immense wealth at some point, Blomkvist is not going to be the only crusading journalist in this fiction. Their casual attitude towards the ordinary laws of Sweden could not continue, so technically book 4 should be about their own investigation and trial for perverting the course of justice, on many occasions. The three books were brilliant, but you can only suspend reality for so long.

- Ray Veysey, 29 August 2011

the point made in Larsson's novels is that morallity can often be wrongly interpreted by the law of a land. The injustice faced by Lisbeth are clear proof of this; in many places Blomkvist and Salander have interpreted the law according to their own view of justice. In the climaz of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Lisbeth spares her half-brother's life but ensures that he is punished for the murders he committed.

- Snigdha, 15 September 2011

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