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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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I am reading the trilogy seen the first film and the underlying current is serious and combined with Larsson's endeavours and humanistic political work the tragic loss of his early death. He lives on and so should the concerns be opened out.Not simply a great thriller but has relevant content to world history and people's rights..justice.

- shanti, 4 June 2011

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I am Brazilian student of letters and had the pleasure of reading this fantastic book, which I am fascinou.Já read some classics of world literature but no author could hold as much as Larssson me, never seen an author give life to many characters in a work without lose climax.A humanity lost a great writer.

Ba, Brazil

Ouvir

Ler foneticamente

- , 3 June 2011

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Sou brasileira, estudante de letras e tive o prazer de ler esta obra fantastica, que muito me fascinou.Já li alguns classicos da literatura mundial mas nenhum autor conseguiu me prender tanto como Larssson,nunca vi um autor dar vida a tantos personagens numa obra sem perder o climax.A humanidade perdeu um grande escritor.

- nill araujo, 3 June 2011

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I still have not found a mass-market or trade paperback of "Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" in the US. It is available in England and elsewhere but not here.

- Craig-USA, 25 May 2011

I can't either here in Canada! I have both the first 2 in soft and the last in hardcover. Harder to read but still couldn't put it down!!

- Rosie, 28 May 2011

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Stieg Larsson is fake!

- FÄALWDAF, 23 May 2011

Why would you say that?

- Boompsii, 1 June 2011

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Please, please don't let the Americans make a movie version. Not only do they manage to turn every story into something that centres on American ideology; their movies are mostly tacky and tasteless. Considering what the Americans are attempting to do to Wikileaks and Julian Assange; it would be the ultimate insult to Steig Larson and the height of irony, to have that secrecy obsessed country produce such a movie.

- Cowlad - Perth Australia 20 may 2011, 20 May 2011

sucks for you because they are already making it starring daniel craig

- Wakethefallen- THE U.S.A, 21 May 2011

I won't see the American version, don't need to. It was done right the first time.

- vaughn1111, 1 June 2011

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Steig could your next book be about Gorge Soros.

- , 19 May 2011

Steig died tragically in 2004. Look at the site.

- Jeremy, 19 May 2011

You mean rupert murduch, right?

- vaughn1111, 1 June 2011

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Recently read that Stieg Larsson was a fan of Harlan Ellison and did an interview with Ellison for TT.

Does anybody have a link to that interview? It would be fascinating to read...

- T - Pasadena, CA, 19 May 2011

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Can you tell me when the book "The girl that kicked the hornets nest" will be released in paperback? I have the other 2 in paperback and would like to have this one in paperback if I could. Thank you very much.

- Gail Bays, 19 May 2011

It's been out for a while Gail.

- Jeremy, 19 May 2011

What I believe she is referring to is NOT the large print edition.

- Carli, 20 May 2011

You can buy it from Angus and Robertson

- Boompsii, 1 June 2011

It's not released in the vintage black lizard format yet. Random House says they plan two releases but didn't say when.

- Cindy, 16 June 2011

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watched all three movies. I thought that these movies great. really enjoyed them. i was in the library and picked up a novel to read. got home and saw it was the girl with the dragon tattoo. wow. the book saId that the author had passed away. my condolences. i had seen the the movie the gril with the dragon tatto on the shelf but didn't pickup it up. today i went to see about checking it out and it had been placed on hold ten times.

- terrence walston, 10 May 2011

All of the movies are on netflix instant watch if you wanted to get them sooner, But i have to say the books are much better than the movies! (not that the movies are bad but the books are great!)

- W.R., 11 May 2011

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