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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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Is your prime interest the movies being made? Or are you a huge fan of Lisbeth Salander?

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I greedily read III in two sittings while in bed with the flu and I am "lost" that the series is over. These were fabulous.

- Jennifer Juzaitis, 12 October 2009

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I've read all three of the Millennium trilogy in the last couple of weeks. I am very rarely forced to read without stopping books of nearly 600 pages but these accomplished that. Stieg Larsson died of the same thing that killed my father, a massive myocardial infarction and it occurred to me that one could find clues to Stieg's lifestyle in his books that could have led to such a disorder, as they did to my father. Excessive smoking is mentioned in the hero and others, together with excessive drinking. A 'foodie' attitude which was shown by the rather rich diet of some characters and the unhealthy, pizza filled diets of others. Lack of exercise in all but Figurola with the odd burst of activity by the hero, which is worse than none. Depression, overworking and brooding can be added to the mix. If these even partially reflect the choices of the author he was slowly killing himself and I think I detect in his frequent descriptions of people dying of heart attacks or having acute palpitations that he suspected that this was the destination toward which he was heading.

- Dr Anthony Fallone, 10 October 2009

Thank you for your explanation Dr. it was very informative. its very interesting how you can know about one's life through a book. it was very clever of you to discover these possibilities. i am now reading the 3rd book and am enjoying it very much.

- Chloe, 23 October 2009

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I've red Millennium I and II in 9 days and I've just started the number III. Meanwhile between I and II I've seen the first movie.

I'm looking foward to see the other 2 movies and to read the unfinished book (IV).

It's breathtaking! and so many interesting themes in the books. God bless you Stieg, I wish you are in heaven.

- Luís Vasconcelos, 10 October 2009

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I have never dreaded finishing a book as much as the second one in the Millennium trilogy. I catch myself re-reading lines and paragraphs to try to prolong the ecstasy of reading this amazing author. I can't believe the gods allowed me to stumble onto this master piece. Only fifty pages left to read and then I wonder should I read the first one or the third one and then just read all three in chronological order? I have a long trans-Atlantic flight coming soon, but some thing tells me that the 8 hours will fly by. Mr. Larsson you are simply brilliant and I wish you had lived long enough to know how the world appreciates your art.

- John John III, 10 October 2009

Couldn't agree more, the pain of waiting for the third book has been unbearable.

- Kathryn, 11 October 2009

Buy the third book now at Amazon UK. It's reasonable and arrived in NYC 4 days after it was released there.

- jennifer Juzaitis, 12 October 2009

Had a 4 day weekend - devoted most of it to reading the first 2 books. The second was a birthday gift to my husband who had already read and loved the first book. Just ordered the the third on Amazon UK. It's so sad that he didn't live to see how much the world loves his books.

- Rosemary Stuebi, 13 October 2009

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It was more than I needed to know about their sex lives. However, it was a fascinating storyline with tremendous moral value in the areas of life that really count. Mainly I'm writing this comment, though, to pay tribute to the Author's gift with regard to making the characters live. He made me want to meet and call several of the characters my friend. I'm looking forward to the third book being released in the U.S.

- Chuck Woods, 9 October 2009

You can get the third book at Amazon UK--it cost me around $26 and was here (NYC) 4 days after it was released there.

- Jennifer Juzaitis, 12 October 2009

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When will the Girl who Kicke the Hornets Nest be out ? I loved the first two and find it so tragic about his death.

I am a private investigator and just loved Salander character. and her "computer skills".

murphypi@yahoo.com

- Joan Murphy, 8 October 2009

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he really rocks, but i hope that there won't be a 4th book..

- Deborah Right, 6 October 2009

why?

- , 13 October 2009

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A superb writer and a tragedy that there will be no more books from him. Having read the precis of his life above, I can understand where the passion and strength comes from. It takes great courage to make a stand against a perceived evil. A brave man and his death is a loss to the world as one of the good guys trying to counter the bad guys.

- Janet Boddington, 6 October 2009

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How sure are we that Stieg Larssen died from natural causes?

It seems strange that he died just before publication of very controversial (are they biographical) books.

- Pie Sethi, 4 October 2009

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I just looked at YouTube to try and find the movie. It said you can watch it on tinyurl.com. Don't know if there are English sub-titles or not.

- Nan, New Jersey USA, 4 October 2009

Now that I look at it, maybe that's just cause I did it ony Iphone. I'm dying to see the movie!.......I'll try it on my Mac.

- Nan, 4 October 2009

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