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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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My son bought me 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' I couldn't put it down. I loved this book. Since then I have bought the other two books in the trilogy. Wish there were more

- Eileen Baxendale, 21 November 2009

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what a great writer! love his books. from a non thriller reader..

- deirdre j worner, 18 November 2009

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I just watched the first film. It was excellent! I went straight for my laptop and found this page. What a pity Stieg Larsson died. May he rest in peace. I will tell everyone I know about this film, his book's (anti racism) should be read in school's all around the world, I for one intend to spread the word!

- Donal Hickey, 17 November 2009

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I just finished book number two and I was floored. I love this series and I could not beleive that the movie was being made. I hope it will be released in the USA because I can not wait to see it.

- Dave Coulam, 16 November 2009

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Will this movie be available in the USA?

- Dave Coulam, 16 November 2009

heh! what about australia?

- deirdre j worner, 18 November 2009

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Hej!

I was born in Norrkoping and have lived in the UK since 1971. I have recently finished the trilogy, I just could not put the books down. I would probably struggle with the original Swedish version and believe the translation is good, cannot see how it could be better bearing in mind that English is afar more word rich language than Swedish - somebody was moaning about the spelling of "gaol"- well that is of course the correct English spelling with "jail" being the simpler American spelling..... If only there were more books to look forward to in the same genre.

- Barbro Z Milton Keynes, 16 November 2009

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I have just finished book 3 in the series! Wow what a fantastic read and this is from someone who doesnt read much. I really hope that someone else picks up the torch with perhaps a similar background and breaths life back into Lisbeth Salander and Mikhal Blomvkist!

- Kath, 16 November 2009

Great idea!

- , 18 November 2009

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Thanks to "pig-flue" and to Stieg Larsson I had a great week reading the trilogy!

:)

- HE, 15 November 2009

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love the book's realy realy do!!!

- , 15 November 2009

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was addicted by chapter 3 !! Found it slightly difficult to get into at the beginning, but was totally absorbed by end chapter 3. An amazing read - probably best book read in years. Just bought the girl who played with fire ..............

FANTASTIC author.

- janet g, 14 November 2009

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