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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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Great books! Was happy that Santa bought all 3 books for me. Enjoyed every one, it's a pity that there is no more to read.

Here in the Netherlands it's a great hit too.

Now they start showing the movie of the first

Milleniumbook .

- Petra, 24 October 2009

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Hey,

I've read the whole Millennium series. I must say, they are great Crime fiction books. It was great writing and therefore it's to bad that there won't be more of that.

Thanks Stieg.

- Daniël, 23 October 2009

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My dad spent ages telling me I wasnt allowed to read it till he finally let me. We're both glad he did

- , 22 October 2009

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Reading the third book. They are the best series in the world. If he hadnt died there would have been another seven. Cant wait to see the movie.

- , 22 October 2009

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Just finished the third and so sad I will never hear about lisbeth salander again - the sign of a great story.

- , 22 October 2009

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i just finished the second one - SO GOOD! cant wait till the last one is out next week!

- , 22 October 2009

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I am reading the second book ("Fire") and am enjoying it even more because I know there is another one when I finish this one.

What a fabulous man Mr. Larsson must have been. It must be true "the good die young."

- elizabeth hodges, 22 October 2009

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Wow! I love crime/suspense, but this book was amazing. I started reading it on a 24 hour drive from California to Canada and only put it down when I could no longer read in the dark. The characters are extremely well written and developed. I no sooner finished this and was ready for The Girl that Played With Fire. What a shame that Steig Larsson is no longer here to keep us on the edge of our seats with his brilliant skills.

- Gina, 21 October 2009

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Absolutely amazing...im not a crime fan in normal circumstances, but in the case of the Millenium Trilogy, who can say its normal??? Lisbeth Salander is one hell of a character, and Steig larsson is one hell of an author!

- Shobi, 20 October 2009

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The trilogy is great and reading was like addictive journey.

- Kat, 20 October 2009

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