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

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I have enjoyd all thre boks , looking forvard to se the films

Einar New Zealand

- , 9 August 2009

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strange, shit, bizarre, hell no, f#@%(*& ridiculous that 2 authors writing about crime, about insanity, about taboo, about crime and punishment both died at 50, both before great success came their way, Bolano & Larsson, Larsson & Bolano.

almost funny, almost 50 myself, my novel (partially translated in En. goto donkerland.nl) is all about men going berserk, hunting down grrls, children male and female, sextourism and what not.

non of the dutch publishers was daring enough to publish, so I kind of envy authors finding those publishers who dared take the risk with Larsson & Bolano, Bolano & Larsson

- Victor Crebolder, 9 August 2009

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Sometimes a product of popular art comes along and, as well as entertaining us royally, tells us something important about the way we live now, for me "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was such a piece of work. Intelligent, witty, sexy and richly dark throughout but the superlative feature of the novel for me is the relentless redemptive impetus and Lisbeth's unflinching refusal to become a victim in spite of an endless stream of provocations. Personally, I think we need more such empowering contemporary stories which tell us all how through use of a cocktail of intellect and courage triumph over advesity is both possible and liberating. In the present times of collosal local, global, social, environmental and economic threats this is a message that is both timely and necessary. Thank you Stieg, may God keep you in the palm of his hand! One love.

- Stevek, 7 August 2009

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He's s legend.we'll never forget him.I read the three books.They're amazing.It's the most simple thing i've ever thought.THE MAN IS PERFECT..........

-BabiC from Greece

- , 7 August 2009

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If Tarantino makes any of these terrific books into movies, I shall NOT go to see them!

- Rick Olen, 6 Aug, 6 August 2009

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show the question paper of class 9th on 2009

- , 6 August 2009

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please show the question paper of class 9th on 2010

- umair, 6 August 2009

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Oh my God! I am so sad that I will never be able to read more than three novels by this wonderful author. I picked up the first book because of the catchy title and the fact he was Swedish, as was my mother. I quickly finished it and searched for his second novel. I have not been moved by a novel in many years as I have been with The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo, and The Girl Who Played With Fire is just as promising. What a wonderful heroine! I will miss her.

Karen Zuege, 5 August 2009

- Karen Zuege, 5 August 2009

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I read in the newspapers that the revenues of the books etc. will only go to the father and brother of Larssons, the woman with he lived 30 years will not get any money!!!

- Wim Bosdijk, 5 August 2009

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The third book is in hardback only. Check Amazon.

- Tony, Newcastle/Tyne, 5 August 2009

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