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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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Is your prime interest the movies being made? Or are you a huge fan of Lisbeth Salander?

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As a First Generation Swedish/American I have a lot of contact with my Swedish Roots, and I am finding alot of references in the books which I am sure most American readers are not picking up on. That’s OK, the stories are fantastic and had to put down anyhow. The intricate interconnections between sub-plot lines are fascinating. I also find the indirect references and connections to Astrid Lingren kind of weird. Hate to think beloved Pipi Longstocking could morph into Lisbeth Salander, even though i love her too.

TobieTheSwede, 20 June 2010

Do Swedes really drink as much coffee as in Stieg’s books suggest? Even the Aussies at the end of the book are portrayed as coffee drinkers – more likely to be beer or tea in the Outback. The Swedish place names lend an air of LOTR to the journey – I like that – Fantastic! as they say in Sweden.

Greg Kalle Keenan, 16 July 2010

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“He wanted to protect equal rights and fight for democracy and freedom of speech”? He was a communist!!! Strange way to fight for democracy

JSY Salt Lake CIty, Utah, 19 June 2010

Where are you getting the info that he was a communist? I’m just getting started with the books, but he is an incredible story teller, with fantastic character description and development.

TobieTheSwede, 20 June 2010

A socialist govt. is totally diff. from communism. Stieg was a liberal socialist.(I am laughing, )There is that L word again.______I hope that mess with Eva works out for her. The only right solution, as Stieg’s long time companion!

Sandy, 3 July 2010

An American definition of Communism = Anyone who is not in the Republican Party and does not believe everything Fox News espouses.

Greg Kalle Keenan, 16 July 2010

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I’ve never been so pissed about someone I don’t know dying as I am about Stieg Larsson. I’m halfway through Hornets Nest and getting more and more depressed every day! Somebody help me please!

Joe Nobody Key West Florida USA, 18 June 2010

I just learned that he died. Read all about it! I have finished all three books and it feels pretty empty now!

Katia, 29 June 2010

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I just want to read the rest. I hate starting a series if i cannot finish it!

Shauna, 16 June 2010

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I wonder how stiegs brother and father are able … not to feel shame … in fact they ignore and deny his last will, why don´t they respect the 32 Years long relationship of stieg larsson with eva gabrielson?

cloney, 16 June 2010

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My favorite authors

Always Ernest Hemingway “Bi Line Hemingway”

1970’s Steven King

1980’s Tom Clancy

1990’s Anne Rice & Michael Crichton

Present Stieg Larsson

I have finished ” The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest”. I got the UK version so I could read it early and now I am depressed because there are no more novels.

What a great series, what a great character (Lisbeth), and what a great author.

I will miss the characters he brought to life

I will read them again.

pbt3 USA, 12 June 2010

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I hope that there will be some justice for Eva Gabrielsson.

pbt3 USA, 12 June 2010

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Tanya USA, 11 June 2010

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can anyone tell me what happened to Lisbeth’s twin sister?

g, 9 June 2010

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I thought that Sweden was an advanced country where living common law would equal being married. I don’t understand how it is possible that a long standing relationshp could result in a father and brother having more rights. How close was Stieg to his father and brother, really, before he died? What a ridiculous outcome. Sweden may have published cartoons, but perhaps they have more in common with fundamentalists than they think, certainly regarding women’s rights. A sliver of light has been shone upon the country, but it may become a beacon bit by bit to eventually bring about obviously needed change (hopefully retroactively in this case as well as for others who have the wherewithall to come forward to challenge previous outcomes – wherewithall because it would likely be an arduous, expensive, emotionally exhausting, and time consuming effort).

Andrea Moen, 9 June 2010

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