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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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Did lisbeth survived?, o, god, it`s a wonderful book, i have no word, i lived every word, and i can`t wait for the 3-th volume; I read in romanian, and will apper next year here; probably i will find a way for get it in english;..

It`s a story with characters that we would like to live with,..we wish to be ; i wish i coul say ``thank you very much,!``to Stieg Larsson and probably he would enjoy that...will never know; so, cheers!

- , 22 August 2009

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I am not usually a fan of crime/thriller fiction and the GWTD Tattoo sat on my bookshelf for a few months before I got round to it. Outstanding, both the Salander and Blomqvist characters are exquisitely drawn and very powerful. This is both a fantastic thriller but also a wonderfull piece of modern literature.

- Mikedb, 22 August 2009

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Je viens à peine de terminer la lecture de ''The girl with the dragon tatoo'' et j'ai adoré.J'ai bien hâte de poursuivre les aventures de Lisbeth Salander dans le deuxième tome de la saga Millenium.C'est vraiment tout un personnage.

- Y.Tassé, 21 August 2009

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I have completed the first 2 books. Stieg Larsson has far surpassed anything I have ever read. I look forward to reading book #3, I would like to see a book #4, but it has to be 100% Stieg Larsson.

- Alex Nemchenko, 20 August 2009

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What a great legacy Stieg has left us. I am just finishing book2 and can't wait for book3 but might wait to savour it as I will feel very empty after it.

Like everyone I am in love with Lisbeth and also sincerely hope that Tarantino and Jolie don't get near the movies. There are so many less well-known but talented people out there (like Stieg was), I hope the films can be done with skill and atmosphere like Stieg's books and not with special effects, explosions, guns blazing and people flying around on wires in front of blue screens. If only Stieg and Ingmar Bergman were alive we would have some masterpieces of cinema...

- praying for book4, 20 August 2009

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I haven't read the books yet...but they're here, on my desk! Can't wait to get home and start reading. I am so excited!!! ...just imagine - the whole Salander's world is still waiting for me to discover it...

- Monika Jakubowska, Luton, UK, 20 August 2009

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Hello for all! First, excuse me for my english....I'm spanish......Second, I want to say that in that moment, I've finished the third book, "The girl who kocked the hornets' nest"....Really, wonderfull! I've liked very much this trilogy....I'm sad that Larsson has die! Snif! Stieg, very very much for write this three books!

- , 20 August 2009

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Picked up "Tattoo" in an airport last month. Took me a few tries to get started (corporate finance details in Sweden didn't hook me right away) and am so glad I didn't give up. I find myself in the unusual predicament of falling hard for the Lisbeth character with the full realization that Mr. Larsson is no longer with us to share his amazing creation beyond the next few novels. I will look for the next two to get my fix. It's rare to finish a book with such a sense of both excitement for the next installment and sadness that there will indeed be an end.

- Michele, 20 August 2009

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Just finished "The Girl Who Played With Fire," it was a great and surprising followup to the first book. Looking forward to the 3rd book with great anticipation.

- Harold, Florida, USA 19 August 2009, 19 August 2009

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Can I find this book in Macedonia ?

- , 19 August 2009

you can find it in serbia - carobna knjiga izdavac

- mn, 2 September 2009

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