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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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Both my husband I are enthralled with the trilogy. I see some people talking about a movie? In Australia we have not heard of that but sincerely hope that arrive down under as we are such fans! So sad reading that Steig Larsson has died, hope he somehow realises how successful he is!!

- Cheryl D, 12 November 2009

I heard the movie could be out in the u.s. in 2010.

- the girl who hasnt read a book since she finished the milenium ones, 12 November 2009

The film was shown in Scotland last night with sub titles. It was very well done and the characters were excellent, but, I feel the essence of the book was somehow lost. The film did not follow the deeper story and I do wonder how the next film will bring in all the important characters that were lost in this first film. If you had not read the book, you would not realise there were other very important people who did not appear. I wonder how the next film is going to bring them back into the story. On thinking about the film deeply, it could almost be a stand alone story, and to the non reader it would seem there isn't much more to be told.. But the best has yet to come.

- kathryn scotland, 14 November 2009

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This man was a brilliant author. We have lost something tangible in Larsson. it saddens me to think of all the works never to be seen or read that he might have produced if he was still with us. This trilogy is phenomenal. I have bragged and will continue to brag about the qaulity of these works.

- Nanette Walton, USA, 11 November 2009

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I have almost finished the 3rd book and it's great, very hard to put down. I've loved all 3. I only bought the first one because of it's title as I have a small dragon tattoo but I was soon hooked!

I can't wait to see the film and hope it is released in the UK soon. I agree that Hollywood would most likely spoil the story and would much rather see the orginal one with subtitles.

- Gill, UK. 11 Novemeber 2009, 11 November 2009

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Enjoyed the first twobooks and now half way through the third.

Are the film versions of this triolgy coming to Australia?

Great shame that Stieg Larsson passed so soon.

Will read more of this authors work when time permits.

- , 11 November 2009

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These books have opened my eyes to so much and for that I thank the man who will never be able to hear my gratitude.

- Georgia, 11 November 2009

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Strung us aloooooong 'til we felt the string. Bad pitchman. Bad karma. Good bye.

- dino, 9 November 2009

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I almost curled up in a ball to cry when i finished reading the second book and found out that Stieg Larson has passed. I look forward to reading the last book with deep admiration for a great author.

- Candy Rasmussen, 9 November 2009

Same here. I also finished the book this morning and was astonished to find out that the author has already passed. Such a shame that we cannot look forward to more books...

- Rose Zadik, 10 November 2009

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Saw this movie last night at the AFI in Silver Spring Md....part of the EU Film Festival. I was not disappointed. Lisbeth is like I imagined her when reading the book. The violent scenes are horrifying......much more graphic than described in the book. Lisbeth ,not Blomkvest is the main character.She doesn't say much,but one can pick up her dark brooding personality from how she looks and acts...Here in the US we hear little news about the Scandanavian countries....this movie gives us a look into the evil side of Swedish culture as well as a rarely seen look at the Swedish countryside

- mary donegan, 9 November 2009

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Hi,

These books are a definitive read, enjoyed them very much and it was very hard to stop reading. I enjoyed the movie very much as well.

A justified #1 position in the Dutch bestsellers top 10.

Jan

- Jan Albers, 9 November 2009

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Have only read 'Dragon Tattoo' and 'Fire', not the third part of the series, and would very much enjoy seeing the Swedish film with English subtitles. Of course, the chances of ANY Swedish film--apart from Bergman-- being played in Delhi (where I now live) are slim, but I would like to reiterate the point that Hollywood should avoid trying to re-do the Swedish 'Tattoo'. Tarentino would muck it up and I can't see Pitt or Bana or any other American actor doing Blomkvist justice. Maybe Hilary Swank as Salandar, building upon her award-winning performance as another 'misfit' in 'Boys Don't Cry'? Sure do hope to see the Swedish film some day with English subtitles...

- Denys Leighton, Delhi, India, 9 November 2009

Bana's Australian, of course, but same idea...

- Denys Leighton, 9 November 2009

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