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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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Where can I find the movie?????? I am absolutely in love with the characters in these books. I didn't even know there was a movie!!

- Nan, New Jersey, USA, 4 October 2009

The movie was just shown at the Hamptons Int. Film Festival, Swedish with Eng. titles. Director says it should have a winter 2010 release. The other 2 movies are also already done, though not with the same director, who is Danish

- Stella, nyc, 14 October 2009

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I have just bought the second book of the trilogy and I can't wait to start reading it...The movie ''the girl with the dragon tattoo''based on the first book of ''millenium''was perfect..!the music amazing and (not forget)to give congratulations to the director of course..!!just amazing!!!wow again and again!!!!!

- Mary,Greece!, 3 October 2009

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I think the books are stunning. I have just read the first one and am reading the second one, just started. They are a searing, high class statement that work on many levels: sophisticated and complex thriller and yet to me, they ae a powerful moral tale about power, sanity and the abuse of position. They are pro-sex yet show the danger. really terrific. Amongst the best I have ever read. Best wishes from London, England.

- Michael, London., 3 October 2009

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I am busy reading the second book... can't stop.. third is already waiting to be read immidiate after the second one.. wooow so unbelievable exciting ... hope the stories that there is a fourth one on his pc are true....

- Michel Wennink, Holland, 3 October 2009

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I just read the 2nd book today which was quite revieling about Sallys life.

Am currently watching the first movie again on DVD.

In my opinion, the first movie is true to the original story (with few understandable exeptions) which is a plus, ofcourse. Also, it is a welcome relief from american movies to see "regular/ordinandy" actors playing the roles (no botox or plastic surgeries). The best part is that the main actors are very credible.

Downsides are mostly the shortening of the story.

How do you make a 152 min movie from an over 500 pages script? You need to compromise. If you dont you have a masterpiece.

- Gudrún Elísabet Árnadóttir, ICELAND, 3 October 2009

My friend & I actually commented on how "regular" the characters looked. They were not superstars, except, of course, for their ability to portray the characters so magnificently.

- Stella, 20 October 2009

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I loved this thriller-such a shame he has died and not had the fame he deserves for his work

- A Herington, 1 October 2009

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Hope there is a positive outcome for Eva. I'm sure it is what Stieg would have wanted.

- Maisie - London, 30 September 2009

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It is now 3:48 am PST on September 30th, and I just finished "The First Who Played With Fire". I am speechless! Mr. Larsson, wherever you are, BRAVO! Thank you for returning the heroine back into literature. I look for forward to the last novel, and I am sure it will be better than that first two. A million thanks.

- A. Nairi, California, 30 September 2009

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I just completed reading the second book and find myself feeling at last sympathetic towards Lisbeth.

the inputs about Swedish life(if it is anything like it has been described here) were interesting

- Bharathi, 30 September 2009

beilve me,, theres a lot in those inputs of swedish life.

began to smile and like a lot of thetidbits after two years in that country coming from India.

can stat with the treu feeling of 'cold' as described when he goes to the outhouse to start his invetigation, the conceot of the summer home, etc etc

- Ferdinand, 4 October 2009

knew that the cold was extreme, but the place is so desolate, I'm thankful for our climate here in India, btw, how did you know I was from India?! but the swedish characters are very good, I adore Mikael and erica

- , 5 October 2009

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Just read the last book of the Millenium triloghy and enjoyed very much. Couldn't take my eyes of it before ending. They are literally something I have never experienced what comes to crime books. I could say they are like Harry Potter storys, but for adults.

- Tellus, 29 September 2009

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