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Stieg Larsson

Lisbeth Salander Returns

Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return in a continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series

This much anticipated continuation to one of the best-loved crime series of the last decade will be written by David Lagercrantz and published in Sweden as Det som inte dödar oss (“What Doesn’t Kill You”). The English-language title will differ, and is yet to be confirmed.

David Lagercrantz, the author of “What Doesn’t Kill You”, will be visiting the UK in the Spring as part of a seven-month build up to publication which MacLehose Press are aiming to make the event of the publishing year.

Publication worldwide will be on 27th August 2015, 10 years since Norstedts published Män som hatar kvinnor which in English was called The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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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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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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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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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

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 boards 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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Last night I finished “Hornet” and I am so saddened by knowing there will be no more Stieg-works. He wrote I believe, like all writers aspire to. He was excellent. I read all the time, and I cannot name any other author that has moved me, inspired me, and had me buried in the pages, as this man did.

He weaves a yarn with so many threads that the tapestry warms you, intrigues you, mesmerizes you, and makes you know immediately that he is a very special man with a talent unparalleled by none I’ve ever read.

Stieg Larsson had more talent than any mystery/action drama writer than I’ve ever met between the bindings of a book, no matter the country of origin. As I read his words for hours on end, I wondered where the flow of these stories came from, how he came to find these ideas, where he ‘met’ these characters, and thusly, about his own life.

Recently while listening to National Public Radio here in the U.S. I heard the story of what seems to be transpiring now in Sweden about his heirs and the money he leaves behind; who should receive it and why. I find that very sad. I also understood from the story on the radio that he had a woman he lived with for 25 years who may or may not be entitled to his monies.

This is a sad thing, for one cannot help but feel as though they ‘know’ that “Berger” is the love of his life, and that though he sampled life to its fullest extent, his heart lived with ‘her’ in it.

From now on, I will compare ‘my’ authors with what I’ve learned and enjoyed reading Stieg’s characters and stories and I know no one can fill his boots probably for the rest of my life. (I have about 25 years left, should I not meet an unexpected ‘doom’!)

If you’ve not read these books, then let me suggest that you do. All THREE of them, and all at one time. From the first book ( Dragon) then the second (Fire) to the last, (Hornet) and read nothing in between. It’s a WILD ride.

Thank you Stieg and yes, only the good die young!


Las Vegas, NV. U.S.

, 18 January 2010

Your comment is exactly how I feel about Stieg Larsson’s writing and his books. Thank you for your beautiful words.

Fiona, 18 January 2010

where did you get a hold of Hornet? I was under the impression that it wont be released until May 2010

EA, 19 January 2010

I just herad about the books last night. Right now a am going out to get them. Everybody in my country is talking about it.

jsm, 27 January 2010

Thanks, man. You eulogised him perfectly!

Adrian C, Singapore, 3 February 2010

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I just read “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo”…I could not put the book down. This book has renewed my love of reading after a long hiatus since motherhood. I am eager to read “…Fire” and am ordering the book tonight. I’d love to see the movies to see how their cast resembles what I have in my imagination…THANK YOU FOR WONDERFUL, MEANINGFUL LITERATURE!!

A.G., Ohio, 17 January 2010

Stieg Larsson’s writing style is quite unique and his passion for righting society is at a level not reached by other Swedish authors in. However, if you like books that comment on the ills of society without being preachy, while also providing a great story, have a look at the Wallander series by Henning Mankell. I have mentioned these books in a previous comment, but as I re-read them I find a number of things that also appear in Stieg Larsson’s books (The Fifth Woman (?) has a lawyer named Bjurman). The series begins with “Killers without Faces”; this is a direct translation of the Swedish title.

LHE in the ‘Peg, 17 January 2010

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Oi, sou brasileira, li os três livros e são incriveis…..a leitura me prendeu de tal forma que as páginas passavam sem que percebesse.

No final do terceiro livro tive a impressão que fosse haver uma continuação, será que o autor não deixou alguma obra inacabada?

É uma pena que um autor como o Sr. Larsson tenha morrido tão jovem.

Monica, 17 January 2010

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I live in Brazil and I bought two books of this excelent trilogy.

I want to report that Stieg was a brilliant man, and a perfext genius.

I wish I have known him.

Michele, 17 January 2010

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Like so many others who’ve posted here I absolutely LOVE these books, I’m about half way through book number 3 and they are just so gripping. I only came across Stieg Larsson when i visited Audible and they were highly ranked so I thought I’d give them a go. The way he writes is just brilliant, you become totally immersed in the characters and the sequence of events, I really hope there is a 4th book. Its just so sad that such an incredible talent has gone so young.

Kim Pevensey UK, 17 January 2010

I’m about halfway through the third book in audiobook form as well. I had read the first two books, but this was the first that in audio format. At first it was hard to keep track of all the Swedish names. Now I’m not sure what I’m going to do when it’s over….

abell, 17 January 2010

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I am sooo sorry to hear that Mr. Larsson has passed away. I just listened to the audio versions of both The Girl w/ the Dragon Tattoo & just today finished The Girl who Played w/ Fire. I hadn’t heard of Mr. Larsson til last month, but really really liked the books. My sympathies to the family.

Tim Magnuson, 16 January 2010

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Have read all three books. The third won’t be published here until May but I found it on Ebay.

Lisbeth Salander is the most enchanting flawed protagonist in modern times. These books were more fun than I’ve had in years.

Linda in San Diego, 15 January 2010

I want a Lisbeth Salander T-shirt!!! She is the most flawed, beautiful character I have read in a long time.

PLG, 23 January 2010

“These books were more fun than I’ve had in years.” — How true and yet how tragically bittersweet!!! To know love, and to have lost it!!! :~(

Adrian C, Singapore, 3 February 2010

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I don’t normally read books more than once, but I shal read these three volumes over and over again.

Why do people with such talent have to die so young?

I have also read most of Henning Mankells ‘Wallender’books and watched the very good (Swedish) TV series. I’m hoping to see the ‘Millenium Trio’ when it comes on TV.

Derek Smith (UK), 14 January 2010

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I’ve found ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ disturbingly good. What I realised was that I share with this author a hatred of all forms of oppression; it’s visceral and courses through his work. Glad that I discovered him and will make sure that others know. I have no stomach left to say how demoralising it is to have found such a unique talent and then understand that he died prematurely. As a black person in the UK, he can only hope that there are more templates of Steigh Larsson about, particularly as we go into the ‘Long Descent.’

Herschell Bennett, 14 January 2010

“disturbingly good” 🙂

Adrian C, Singapore, 3 February 2010

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I’m told there is a 4th book

, 14 January 2010

Is there really .. ??

Whitney H, 18 January 2010

He started on the 4. book but after his death and the dispute between his girlfriend and his family they agreed that it had to be stopped.But resently i have heard that they may come to an agreement.Lets hope so:-)

Ola B.Norway, 22 January 2010

Oh thats great! .. i hope a 4th book does come out..! 🙂 🙂

whintey h, 29 January 2010

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