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Biography

Background

Stieg's grandfather, an inspiring role model

Stieg Larsson was born in Västerbotten in northern Sweden in 1954. At the time of his birth, his parents were too young and too poor to keep him, so he was raised by his grandparents in a small village in the north of Sweden. Stieg's grandfather, Severin Boström, became the male role model for the young Stieg. Severin was strongly anti-fascist (and during the Second World War he was imprisoned in the work camp in Storsien for his anti-Nazi opinions)*. Had he been Danish, he would no doubt have been placed in a German Concentration Camp. The fate of his grandfather deeply affected and shaped Stieg's character. He wanted to protect equal rights and fight for democracy and freedom of speech in order to prevent history, and what happened to his grand father, from repeating itself.

* Stieg's father, Erland Larsson, says to stieglarsson.com that nobody in the family can confirm the information about the camp.

Youth, left-wing movement and far travels

When Stieg was nine years old, his grandfather died and he moved to live with his parents and his younger brother. Stieg was given a typewriter for his 12th birthday, and he spent most nights of his youth staying up writing, keeping his family awake with the drumming sound. At 18 years of age he met Eva Gabrielsson at an anti-Vietnam War meeting in Umeå. Eva was to become his life long companion. With some short exceptions, mainly due to the fact that Stieg was sometimes too obsessed with his work, they lived together until Stiegs death the 9th November 2004. After his military service, Stieg travelled in Africa and has been described as "an early backpacker". He rarely had enough money on his travels, in an interview with Norra Västerbotten in 2006, his father describes how he had to work as a dishwasher and sell his clothes to afford a ticket home from Algeria.

Stieg Larsson was also interested in Science Fiction. Among other things was he the chairman of the Scandinavian science fiction society and published two magazines.

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. When a labor-union leader was murdered in his home by neo-Nazis in 1999, the police discovered photos of and information about the couple in the murderer's apartment. So it was not without reason that the couple took precautionary measures. They were never seen together outside the house, they moved mirrors in the hall and they always kept the blinds down. Those are just a few examples. Stieg was an expert in the area, and wrote a book of instructions on how journalists should respond to threats for the Swedish Union of Journalists ("Överleva Deadline", 2000).

Writing as a relaxation

The situation created a contrast between Stieg's work at Expo and his night-time novel writing. 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 and no one would threaten either Eva or himself because of it.

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I saw both the American and the Swedish version's of the books. I decided to read the books, but I didn't hold much hope for them being any good. Almost always, once you watch the movie/movies, the books ( if you haven't read them 1st) aren't much good. I am so glad to say, that to me, both versions of the movies were good, but I personally think that the Swedish version was better than the American version. Both together made for a most interesting watch. The book?? Well I thought, and so did my Husband, that all 3 books were WONDERFUL!!! I was really surprised that the books to me were so good. I have read and watched the movies over again over again. I wish Stieg Larsson had not passed away. She was a super Author. This new book coming out by someone completely different, worries me. I really hope he can keep to what Stieg Larsson started with. I also have to wonder, (sure he died after turning in all three books) if Stieg Larsson meant for them to be the beginning and the end of the story. I guess time will tell. Yes I have pre-ordered the new book!!! I've got to at least try it out. Lol.

- Sherrie Norman, 30 August 2015

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Is a copy of the book on security precautions available? I would like to see it. If you know where I could find a copy, please send me an e-mail at tzindaro@yahoo.com

Thank you.

- George Tzindaro, 14 August 2015

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One book down 2 to go (and a fourth I believe later this year- yay!). This book took a little while for me to get into but I'm now hooked!

- Cass Yalden, 19 Mars 2015

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I want to say I love the books and the videos that I have seen in the states.

- nathan scott, 18 Mars 2015

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We also should not forget to appreciate Reg Keeland who made the English translation interesting and gripping with the literature and wording.

- Donald Harrison, 5 Mars 2015

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I have only seen the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo which I thought was absolutely spectacular.

I am glad to hear that a trilogy was written about the characters from the original book. I will have more suspenseful writing to look forward to now.

It is ashamed that the world has lost Steig Larrson as a major writer for the 21st century.

- J. Martens, 22 January 2015

Try to see the Swedish movies, they were spectacular.

- Chris Williams, 25 July 2015

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I have only seen the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo which I thought was absolutely spectacular.

I am glad to hear that a trilogy was written about the characters from the original book. I will have more suspenseful writing to look forward to now.

It is ashamed that the world has lost Stein Larrson as a major writer for the 21st century.

- J. Martens, 22 January 2015

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I saw both versions of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and decided to read the book. Finished that and I'm halfway through "The Girl Who Played with Fire". Like others who have shared posts, I am riveted by these stories. They are SO different from most of the mysteries that make the best sellers list these days and I love Lisbeth Salander because she is such a unique and unconventional heroine. It is a shame Mr. Larsson's career was cut short by his untimely death, which makes these novels even more precious.

- N. Bryan, 5 December 2014

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