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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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Los 3 mejores libros que he leido en los ultimos 30 años..!??

Stieg estes donde estes ..desde ESPAÑA solo decirte ERES EL MEJOR!

lISABETH Y MIKEL loa mejores personajes!

- Valeria-España 11 Julio 2009, 11 July 2009

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I have just started and I am completly lost in it in the sense I forgot about the word. I am loving it so much.

- , 10 July 2009

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stieg larsson es el puto amo, yo te lo digo!

- stieg carlsson, 8 July 2009

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i loved the girl with the dragon tattoo. i could hardly tear myself away from it. i love lisbeth salander and was moved to tears by the end. what an amazing young woman.

- , 8 July 2009

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I never adored a writer for his way to expose a story, as I adored Stieg Larsson:

he was really unique....

I feel really sorry if I think that he is no more here.

Thank you Stieg you made a great present to everyone!

- Michela Ferraro, 7 July 2009

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The topics of his books make me wonder just what brought on Stieg Larsson's fatal heart attack...

- Anonymous, 7 July 2009

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Fantastic books. I particularly like the morals espoused and the way the books were structured to keep us entertained.

I can't wait for the English version of book 3.

It is a tragedy to lose such an enjoyable author as Stieg Larsson before his talent was recognised but he has left us with a brilliant legacy.

- Bill Lagerberg, 7 July 2009

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MR Larsson dead in 2004 by a heart atack.

But personally I think that Mikael Blomkvist doesn't hate women.

- Anonymous, 6 July 2009

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I read all three big books, for a couple of weeks I was as I had been one of Millennium reporters.

I enjoied all characters and, like everybody, I felt in love for Lisbeth Salander...

But I liked a lot all the background facts taken from Sweden political and social history, especially on the Sapo secret team and his shifting from a strong cold-war group of dangerous motherfuckers to a, today, bunch of old and, sometimes ridicolous, old-times wrecks (but much more dangerous).

- Massimo, 6 July 2009

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HELLO I WOULD LIKE TO GET IN CONTATC WITH MR LARSSON HIMSELF BECAUSE I NEED TO UNDERSTAND IF ALSO MB IS A MAN WHO HATES TEH WOMAN OR NOT IN HIS OPINION... MICHEAL LOVES ALL THE WOMEN BUT NO ONE IN PARTICULAR SO I COULD THINK HE IS ALSO HATING THEM IN HIS WAY.... PLS REPLY ME my email is GIOIAM74@YAHOO. IT. I AM ITALIAN I HAVE READ IT IN ITALIAN BEST REGARDS & THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR REPLY

GM

- GIOIA MOLINARI, 6 July 2009

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