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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 am soo hooked – now need to get the 3rd part. Is it out in paperback yet?

Mtl, 2 July 2010

please let me know when the 4th book will come out i hope his girlfriend will publish it

, 6 July 2010

amazon baby!

acm, 16 July 2010

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They are by far the best books I have read. They are gripping and powerful.

I am so glad they have come to Canada.

Melissa, 1 July 2010

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The most amazing stories I have ever read could not put each book down. Just finished the last book and I’m really not sure what to do now I need more Lisbeth Salander…going back to start the triology again 🙂

Bee, 30 June 2010

i’m right there!

I just finished watching the movies too…. also good!

acm, 16 July 2010

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jsy in salt lake city: what? R U an NeoNazi??! U sound like someone w/ an axe to grind.

bettylou, 29 June 2010

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i know where plague came from!!!!!!! in 1995 the movie hackers waas realesed, the main villan in the movie has the handle “the plague” i assume this is where the name came from…

benwasheare, 28 June 2010

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I have just completed The first book in the trillogy and am excited to begin the second…..I am sure I am not the only one who is interested in the reference to “Lennart Hyland’s rhyming alphabet” in chapter 19. I can find information on Mr. Hyland, but my internet search for more details about this rhyme reveals nothing but other seekers of information. Could someone help me convince Salander to do some research for me?

Debbie in Sherman, TX, 27 June 2010

Well, Lisbeth Salander would of course do this better but still I have found some about it, and I´m so old that I have watch Hyland´s Corner when I was a child and I can remember the feeling and atmosphere of those corners.

There is not much on the Internet but I have made an attempt to translate a blog post by Kalle Lind from his blog “En man med skägg” (A man with beard).

I think Stieg Larson was much a child of Hyland’s Sweden, and that he refers to Hyland and his Alphabetic book is perhaps no coincidence. I think the atmosphere in the Millennium books often finds inspiration in a past Sweden when Lennart Hyland was the unchallenged king of the Kingdom, and left his marks in those who grew up during that era, and so did the whole zeitgeist of the sixties of course.

For those interested, here you are:

/One of many crazy stunts in Hyland´s Corner was the ABC book, released in 1966, where viewers contributed with a clever two line rhym to each letter and the greatest contemporary artists (Olle Olsson Tapiola etc.) to illustrate.

A typical prestige projects at a time when Lennart Hyland was God, The Jester in the box (Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt), his Prophet and his Swedish people more or less voluntary apostles. “Laj laj laj laj laj” was the hymn, and a studio with the typical modernist 60´s art was the sanctuary. SVT (Swedish public TV) – or SR as it was still called – was a government better than the state and a theological preacher larger than the state church.

Hylands Corner is, with modern eyes, the bizarre meeting between the Modern and the Conservative. While the program’s (unspoken) were to be the campfire around which the Swedish people could warm themselfs and get confirmation that Sweden was the world’s best, and while most modest, country, resulted in a constant room for future progressive movements.

Lennart Hyland was a conservative sports journalist from Tranås. He thought precocious children and people who offered themself by singing a bit bad were the most festive that existed. He was frisky at the thought of sending innocent people out in the city to get back with eight feet copper pipe, a thimble, two potatoes and a man named Lindström.

The program he was most proud to have initiated, was the religious corner, (some corners were theme-corners) where six million Swedes spent their Saturday night to see Lapp Lisa (old religious woman) singing Non-conformist doggerels.

Paradoxically, he invited the avant-garde artists Ă–yvind Fahlström and Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd to organize a “happening” in the studio, complete with concretiztic poetry and audience participation.

And Yngve Gamlin – one of the Swedish entertainment history’s most lovable and crazy free minded madcap – had a free hand to come in and cut Hylands desktop to pieces .

Hylands ABC-book is an excellent representative of the remarkable spirit that prevailed in Sweden, boosted by the world’s largest growth and by the golden middle way, which meant that large industries could flourish, and the Swedish state allocate tax revenues.

Here is a curiosity in everything new – lookup words are things like “astronaut”, “emancipation debate”, “rural”, “p-spot” and “supermarket” – coupled with a constant skepticism. Especially if it was Anglo-Saxon.

In B, we read so clearly about a strange phenomenon threatening the meantime:

Beatles är en sorts orkester

vars frisör har tagit semester

(Beatles is a kind of orchestra

whose hairdresser has taken vacation)

Note the reactionary questioning the “a kind of orchestra.” An even more openly conservative approach, we find the D:

Dekolletage är nuförtiden:

sidenkläder – utan siden

(Decolletage is nowadays:

silk clothing – without silk)

Warning: contains a phrase “nowadays” you can be sure it is a bitter one.

My absolute favorite find, however, is N. Recall that it´s the 60´s, housewives are becoming less after an absolute peak in the fifties (such as Hyland had to arrange a “wifefreeday”, when the remarkable happened that their men were looking after their own children and cook their own food – for a whole day!), the industry eats up so many people that even suspicious creatures such as women and foreigners are employed.

In this daunting environment, where not all children had a mother who was standing at the stove from early morning just to cook pancakes and blow them, and where all men couldn´t ride home at lunch and be fed. In this nightmare society for a Christian Democrat, It was quite customary for the Swedish state television to publish a book with the following verse:

Nyckelbarnet sa till pappan:

Far, jag sĂĄg din fru i trappan!

(Key child told her father,

Father, I saw your wife on the stairs!)

A joke, of course – symptomatic signed “Mom in Vällingby”(see endnote*). But behind the joke brooding the horror vision of a society where children no longer recognize their working mothers (however, the “key children” – that are, children who had to have their own home key because no mother stood and welcomed theme with open arms – identified their dads without problems).

At the same time – to the Swedish people’s defense – should be told other verses that complicates the picture. The letter “M finds cold what we still know without really addressing:

Maskulinum är ett kön

som har mycket högre lön

(Masculine is a gender

which have much higher salary)

And the U is an attitude which belongs to the past. Recall that this was a time when the target was 1% of Swedish GDP would go to development assistance. An ambition – to the chagrin opinion – just nearly met:

U-landshjälp är att försaka

dĂĄ och dĂĄ en pepparkaka

(Developing country assistance is to sacrifice

occasionally a gingerbread)

I had not wanted to live in the past. I have always thought that Mr Hyland has something nasty about him. I get irritated when I think of the contemporary state monopoly thought they could be entitled to. It wasn´t better in the past. It’s better now./

From: //

* Vällingby(Gruel Village) – The idea was to build a new kind of neighborhood that would not become a dormitory town but a so-called ABC-town with jobs, housing and center in the same area. As Sweden’s first ABC-town Vällingby got a lot of attention, even internationally.


Lennart E, 29 June 2010

uhm…”thanks”, but I’m not sure this is exactly what I was looking for. I have often found Wilipedia to be quite verbose while minimally helpful. and sometimes absolutely incorrect. At least the name of the book is more clear. Thanks for trying. Long live Salander!

Debbie in Sherman, TX, 3 July 2010

My post was about Lennart Hyland’s rhyming alphabet that is mentioned in the book. I have noticed that many wonder about it and therefore I wrote a translation of a blog where a man explains very well what it was and what it was about. The article from Wikipedia explains what Vällingby (Gruel Villiage) is and I think it´s correct. Too bad if the information didn´t fit you but others might have an interest in or pleasure from it.

Lennart E, 3 July 2010

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I love the books i hope the forth one will come out soon because I am in the middle of the hornet,s nest Ingrid Pleas Reply.

Ingrid Jamieson.To Canada, 26 June 2010

I’m pretty sure there are only 3 books. What fourth book are you talking about?

Julz, 1 July 2010

There’s a 4th, 1/2 finished before he died. I read somewhere his family doesn’t want the 4th to be published (finish by someonelse.

tom, 2 July 2010

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DENNIS.. I found them. LOL Here they are in order:

-The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

– The Girl Who Played With Fire

– The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

I need to get my hands on them!

Terrie B., 22 June 2010

terrie- go to any book store in the world!!!

or you can borrow my set if you want???

dana reed/boston usa, 2 July 2010

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In what order are his books? I would love to read them.. but want to read them in order. Thanks! 🙂

Terrie B., 22 June 2010

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please list the larrson books in sequence

dennis, 22 June 2010

1 tattoo girl

2 fire girl

3 kicking girl

4 ?? ghostwriter wanted – maybe will explore Camille’s life.(Lisbeth’s twin sis)

acm, 16 July 2010

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