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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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Started readin the first book, finished it in a day, didnt stop untill i read the other two too. So well written, i was completely dragged into the story. It's a shame he passed away.

- Stefan, Belgie, 24 July 2009

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Just finished all three books is record time, they were THAT good..... it such a shame there isnt more..... (is there:-)?)....

- Hans, Zwolle, Netherlands., 24 July 2009

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How sad I was to learn of Larsson's untimely death. I just finished reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and thought it masterful. It was interesting to learn that Larsson was editor of Expo...a well-lived life.

- Deborah, New York, 24 July 2009

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i love the book.

- despina athens hellas, 24 July 2009

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I can?t breathe since I started read this trilogy. It?s awesome!!!

Today I will buy the third book and I?m anxious?

I?m curious about the movie too.

Thank you Mr Larsson

- Patrícia, Lisboa, Portugal, 24 July 2009

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Does anyone know when the Millennium films will be released in the US?

- Howard, Westlake Village, Ca, 23 July 2009

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Sono sempre i migliori ad andarsene per primi...

- Livio, Italia, 23 July 2009

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Apparently, the 3rd book has already been translated into French, and not in english. I just checked on internet and, for anyone's sake, this is not, absolutely not, common (wont say normal, 'cause nothing is normal -_-"). As many said : RIP Stieg Larsson, and thank you for writing these three books !

ps : I heard that it was his wife who was going to write the 4th book, but I'm not sure...

- a faithful reader, 22 July 2009

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I loved his 1st book and i just - and i mean by just 15 mins ago- bought his 2nd, and lemme say this: Lisbeth is one hell of a charachter and it takes a great writer to come up with one.

RIP Stieg.

- Anoud Al muhairi, 21 July 2009

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Mr Larsson, no sé si le odio o le adoro. Le odio porque la lectura de sus libros me ha hecho descuidar otras obligaciones personales y profesionales. Le odio porque se ha muerto y me deja la ansiedad de no poder seguir disfrutando de su obra. Pero por encima de todo usted es mi héroe y le adoro. Jámas nadie me había hecho disfrutar tanto con un libro.Mi más sincera admiración y respeto están con usted. GRACIAS.

- Angel, Madrid, 21 July 2009

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