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

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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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Where do we purchase the movies with English Subtitles?

- , 29 September 2009

Yes!!........where can we get these???

- Nan, USA, 4 October 2009

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Thsese are exceptional good books. I am waiting for the third book. When will it be released in the USA?

I think Lisbeth a take off of a real person.....?????

- Bettie Towns, 28 September 2009

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jeg digger bøkene som Stieg larsson har skrevet :) det er virkelig bøker som får deg helt med i historien, og du blir så ivrig at du ikke kan kegge fra deg boken! de er fantastisk skrevet, og det er skikkelig dumt at han gikk bort :'( håper virkelig at den 4. boken kommer på trykk! ;-D

- ivrig leser ;-D, 27 September 2009

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i have read the first two books and am eagerly awaiting the next one.thoroughly enjoyed them both,heard there are some movies but only seen them advertised on e-bay and only in the swedish language.hoping they'll be in english.

- d.williams, 27 September 2009

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I just rec'd the The Girl Who Played With Fire and thorough enjoyed the Dragon Tattoo. After being in a Dean Koontz rut for at least 30 of the last 40 books I've read, Larsson is really refreshing and different for me. Being an American, thank goodness I can Google what I don't know about Sweden.

He died way too young!

- Paula in California, 24 September 2009

just finished 'the girl who played with fire' 10 minutes ago-then saw in the endpiece larsson had died! sadly,my first thought was 'oh no, no more books! ran to my computer and read about him: sounds like he was a great guy, besides being a wonderful writer. you're right paula...he died way too young. dick cheney will probably live to 104...

- patty in mexico, 26 September 2009

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I was never drawn by crime dramas, so I was quite surprised to find myself devouring the two books that have been released in the U.S. The psychological twists and turns in his stories send chills over my body. Larsson's talent for details were formidable. I've been recommending Larsson's books to anyone who'll listen!

- Anne Marie, 24 September 2009

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Anyone else listened to the audiobooks? Simon Vance does a fantastic job reading them. I just a few minutes ago finished "Played with Fire", which immediately followed "Dragon Tattoo". It was about 35 hours listening over the last three weeks or so, and now it's over. I feel so empty now...

- Alexander, 24 September 2009

I just finished listening to "Played with Fire" and loved it. Vance does an awesome job. I'm still so caught up in the tension of the last portion of the book that I can't settle down and I'm bereft that there's at least another year until I can hear the last book!

- Shawn, 28 September 2009

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Out of all the authors I have read, Stieg is the one I would most like have heard interviewed. I would have liked to hear his insights on men and women and the ethics / lack thereof of in current journalism.

There is so much going on his books and like so many others, I just want more.

- Mary, 23 September 2009

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Why do the writers who think up the best stories never last very long or so it would seem. I certainly hope that someone has the wit to continue with this genre.

- Noel Dobson, 23 September 2009

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