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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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I just love his books; wish he’d lived longer to write all ten.

Judy Coolidge-Fill, 28 December 2010

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Just finished reading The Girl Who Played With Fire, was a very good story, and looking forward to reading The Girl Who Kicked the Horner’s Nest

Diane Knecht, USA, 28 December 2010

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an extra special thanks to the brilliance of both larsson and the translators to english. the characters and plots come across with simple clatrity while the turmoil within the characters themselves roils just beneath the surface ready to explode in either sexuality or moral indignation. steig manages to bring all the brooding mind-fuck of the bergmann era to reflect in the wonderfully simple cases he unfolds with the most complicated human resources. i hope the filmmakers do not end up giving us a “holmesian” re-hash of the pot-boiler detective series or invent any “watsons” as sidekicks. good luck to them though i don’t envy them the job any more than that of the translators who by the way get far too few plaudits for their efforts and should be recognized by publishers with an award or their own from the industry.

gert a. rutters, 27 December 2010

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i love larsen’s writing.

he is fresh and handles words like a true craftsman.

he has great descriptive power and precision.

i recommend him to all readers for insight and excitement.

i am on his third and last book – all are great reads.

bill, 24 December 2010

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Does -gatan mean anything in Swedish? Some of the locations written in the novels are Gotgatan, Lundagatan, St. Paulsgatan…

joanna, manila, 23 December 2010

gatan means street 🙂

Elina, 25 December 2010

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What about Ewan McGregor as Blomkvist in the Hollywood remake? If you haven’t seen The Ghost Writer check it out.

McGregor = Blomkvist

Ric K., 21 December 2010

David Craig is playing Blomkvist in the US remake.

joanna, manila, 23 December 2010

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The untimely death of Stieg Larsson is another Tragedy of Literature, much like the death of Margaret Mitchell. The reader is left to wonder what Might have been.

The novel that Mitchell was on her way to her publishers to discuss when she was hit by a car has never been published. It was her wish that nothing that had not been finished by her be made public.

I certainly hope that his Partner finishes the fourth book and, even though we won’t get all 10 in the series, we won’t be deprived of as many as possible.

RIP Stieg Larsson, but I hope Lisbeth lives on for awhile. One more time.

mojaverose, 20 December 2010

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The best books I have read this year, fantastics, something new ,well written,Salander is an abused girl but too much smart to break her [ love you Noomi ]. If Holywood is allow to remake the film they will destroy the principles of Larsson and the spirit of Lisbeth.

Dr Machado Sarda, 20 December 2010

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I am at p[resent reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and I think its great. I have been reading mystery novels for the last 50 years and always enjoy new ones.. I asked my wife for the Girl Who Played With Fire for s stocking stuffer, Hope Santa is good to me.

Best wishes to all who read this ,and have a great 2011

LOwell John Edgett. Tappen, B.C., 18 December 2010

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I have just finished reading the second book and hooked for the third after the abrupt ending…..god knows what is going to happen next!

I reckon that Blomkvist may have been Stieg’s alter ego and I don’t blame him as I think that Blomkvist and Salander are great characters.

Thank you for sharing your stories!

Asher, 17 December 2010

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