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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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was stieg's heart attack ,proven with no fowl play?,just playing Columbo. but are the facts there.judging by his credentials.

- not a wittness, 26 July 2011

Someone may have fiddled with the elevator up to his workplace so he had to take the stairs. Whoever sabotaged the elevator could understand, or hoped Stieg would suffer a heart attack when he was forced to go up the stairs. It is far-fetched but many want a conspiracy, so here you have one. The person who did this must have read Stiegs medical records and thougt this is the perfect plan. Not even Agatha Christie could have sniffed such evil.

- John, 1 October 2011

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I loved the Trilogy and was sad to know that Steig is no longer with us.

I am wondering, if I enjoyed the Millenium Trilogy, do any of the readers have other suggestions on what to pick up?

- Kristin, 22 July 2011

Have you read any of Lee Child's "Jack Reacher Series". 15 so far.

Not exactly the same but very addictive.

- black beret, 23 August 2011

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Absolutely amazing trilogy! In a month I'm moving to Sweden to continue my law studies and I can't wait to walk around Uppsala and Stockholm with the book in my hands.

I admire to what Mr Larsson dedicated his life.

- anna, 21 July 2011

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WHAT A GREAT READ THESE BOOKS WERE, LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THE MOVIES IN ORDER. AND ALSO BOOK 4.

CONGRATULATIONS FOM AN AUSSIE

- nevmanners@hotmail.com, 18 July 2011

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correction: 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 her (i.e. she) had already started working on.

- Philip Bradfield (pedant), 18 July 2011

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To live and die for what you believe in takes a lot of courage!! Stieg Larsson is a real hero. He live on for ever by his books. We need more women like Lisbeth who stand up for what they truly believe in.

- raji, 16 July 2011

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What is the worth of life if don't fight for what you believe in ! Hats off to Lisbeth

- raji, 16 July 2011

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A good friend of mine turned me on to Stieg Larrson and actually bought me a copy of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I read about 50 pages of it and lost the book. It was a slow read for me anyway so I forgot about it and went back to work on getting my book, Sys-Funky, published. but something kept saying to pick up The Dragon Tattoo and get back into it. What a writer! What a story! I didn't go to work one day. I just stayed home and read.

Finished Dragon Tattoo last Sunday and immediately picked up The Girl Who Played with Fire that night. It's Wednesday and I have 80 pages left! My eyes are blurry... can't see at a distance... bumping into stuff... haven't been this engrossed in years. Guess I'll pick up the Hornet's Nest after work.

So glad I didn't see any of the movies. The Movie Screen of the Mind is the best way to view anything. Gotta get some sleep tonight... can't wake up at 4am again to start reading then get to work by 9am.

I'm not afraid to say it. I would go out with Lisbeth. I don't care what she did. She's a lady in my eyes (despite the fact that they're a little blurry!)

Are the movies worth seeing?

- James P, Bklyn NY, 14 July 2011

All 3 movies are awesome. They're definitely worth watching. :)

- Juliana, 14 July 2011

Yes they certainly are, however not as good as the books of course. I was reluctant to see them because they were Swedish with English dubbing or sub-titles. I finally rented them and was very happy for having done so. I turn on the English dubbing and the sub-titles and enjoyed them immensely. I have made copies of all three.

- Danny, 20 July 2011

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Why is it taking so long for the third book to come out in paperback in America?

- Austin, 24 June 2011

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Stieg Larsson,

You have touched us all with your great and most phenommenal works.

i do ask of you.....Eva Gabrialesson that you finish this great and wonderful masterpiece for all those out there waiting to be heard once again from the Great Stieg Larsson

- Wasp, 20 June 2011

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