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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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It was a pure coincidence (tnx to my new roomie and her Swedish boyfriend) that I got Larsson`s books in my hands. I just finsihed the first one and I absolutely loved it. The second one is already on my night stand, waiting to be read.

- Dunja, Croatia, 6 November 2009

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Wow, fantastic books, just started the third - real page-turners. Is there a fourth? Is there a movie?

Would love to find out

Sandra Australia

- Sandra, 6 November 2009

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Where can I buy the books in DANISH

- pammyh44@hotmail.com, 5 November 2009

I got the first book from a Danish internet bookstore: www.williamdam.dk I'm not sure though if the post outside Denmark (if not there might be others who do. An other option would be an international book store in your capital city - good luck in your search

- Marianne, 6 November 2009

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I want to buy The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo in DANISH. How can I do this?

- , 5 November 2009

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Loved the books. LOVE salander. Does anyone know if the film is available with english subtitles?

- ES, 5 November 2009

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Hope there is a 4th book!

- EAW, 5 November 2009

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I just finished the first book. It is by far the best crime novel I have ever read. It is absolutely rivetting and I highly recommend it. I shall get the second book later today.

- Horseybrown (Singapore), 5 Nov 09, 5 November 2009

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Really enjoyed the first two and saving the final one for a rainy day - really evocative writing which takes me back to my trips to Sweden during the 90s.

Wonderful simple writing from a wonderful writer.

Thanks Stieg, we miss you!

- RCB (Scotland), 4 November 2009

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It took me less than 48 hours on average to read each book. Just finished the third novel this morning. To be honest, I don't really want to see the movies and I would probably have mixed feelings if the fourth book ever comes out of print. The story seems perfect to me just as it is.

- Jela/ Serbia, 3 November 2009

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Just finished reading the second part of the trilogy yesterday and first thing this morning bought first and third book. I regret now having started with the second one as the story is chronological beside being so fascinating . Absolutely brilliant detective storytelling, best I've read for a long long time. I also learned yesterday about Larssons premature death. :(

- Jari, Finland, 3 November 2009

I agree with you, Jari. It´s one of the best books I´ve ever read, the right word to describe the trilogy is ADICTIVE. I feel sorry Larsson won´t write any more books.- He was brilliant.

- Laura/ Uruguay, 4 November 2009

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