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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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The 4th Book

"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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I have just finished "The firl With The Dragon Tattoo"

unfortunately. I now feel there is something missing in my life and am anxious to read the next in the millinium trilogy. What a fantastic book.

- cherylem0, 13 September 2009

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I have just read the three books back to back...at last I've found an advantage to being off work after an accident....they are amazing and have taken my mind off everything. Really thought you were going to leave us up in the air although would have loved more adventures of Lis Salander...amazing lady!!!!

Thank you

- C. Lopez, 12 September 2009

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Came across the Millennium Trilogy by default, currently reading the second book The Girl who played with fire. I could not put down the first book and I am having the same experience with my current read. Looking forward to the final part. Will be sad when I have reached the end, as its a long time since I have had such a great experience with three books in a row!! An Irish Thumbs up!!

- Mairead K., 11 September 2009

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right in the middle of the girl with the dragon tattoo and can't drop it, exhilarating!!! I'm used to read books from American authors and this is an excellent break!!! already have the girl who played with fire in my night table and didn't know about the third one coming out... looking forward to have it also. Great reading!!!

- Andres Ruiz, 10 September 2009

Andres..they have the 3rd one in El Corte Ingles...did'nt realise it's only out in Spanish...are'nt we lucky for a change

- C. Lopez, 12 September 2009

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loves the the Girl who with the Dragon Tattoo , didnt want the finish reading it...started the next one the The girl who plays with Fire, loving it as well...great books, really gets your mind racing...I too am dreading reading the last book, cause there will be no more. Best books ever!

- leanne D, 10 September 2009

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I'm 3/4 of the way through The Girl Who Played with Fire. With his Millenium Triliogy, Stieg Larsson has created some of the most memorable, compelling characters in modern fiction. His strong, female characters (in particular, Lisbeth Salander) are especially refreshing. Frequently, as I read, I find myself wishing that Lisbeth was real and that I could meet her. I'm dreading the day when I complete the last novel, knowing that they'll never be any more. Thanks, Stieg Larsson, for enriching one American's life.

- John Hagemann, 8 September 2009

and one polish as well :-)

- , 9 September 2009

And quite a few South Africans too! My friends and I cant wait for the 3rd book

- Bianca, 13 September 2009

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Trilogy Millennium is truly amazing,one ff the best books ever!Lisbeth Salander is a remarkable character!Lisbeth Salander is the one!I would recommend everyone to read the Millennium,I was literally blown away all the books!I am sorry the only thing that is such a writer gone forever

- Jovana, 6 September 2009

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I'm in the process of reading 'the girl who played with fire and it's gripping. Roll on the third book. I'd love to see the film too

- AD, 5 September 2009

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One of the best books ever! I didn't know he was not alive... what a pity, I'm so sorry... I was hoping for many other books. Thanks for these! Dani, from Brazil

- , 4 September 2009

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Stieg, what a great legacy you left us! Thanks!

- Arie, 4 September 2009

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