Stieg Larsson gifted the literary world with one of the most fascinating and fierce heroines in a long time in his 2005 crime novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, an international bestseller about...
|The Girl Who Played with Fire||Source Material||(from novel: "Flickan som lekte med elden")||4000006|
|The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo||Source Material||(from novel: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")||4000006|
|The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest||Source Material||(from novel: "Luftslottet som sprangdes")||4000007|
|The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||Source Material||(from novel: "Man som hatar kvinnor")||4000007|
|Founded Expo magazine, the Swedish counterpart to Searchlight; the publication was reportedly the inspiration for the fictional magazine in his Millennium trilogy of crime novels|
|Second novel published, Flickan som lekte med elden/The Girl Who Played with Fire; released in the U.K. in 2009|
|Left behind manuscripts of three completed but unpublished novels written as a series, which were posthumously published as the Millennium trilogy|
|Served in the Swedish military|
|Began a 30-year stint as the Scandinavian correspondent of the British antiracist and antifascist magazine Searchlight|
|Third novel, Luftslottet som sprängdes/The air castle that was blown up; titled in English as The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, and published in the U.K. in 2009 and in the U.S. in 2010|
|Feature films based on all three novels released in Sweden, starring Noomi Rapace as Larsson's heroine Lisbeth Salander and Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Blomkvist|
|U.S. adaptation of the first novel "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" released, directed by David Fincher and screenplay by Steven Zaillian; starred Rooney Mara as Lisbeth and Daniel Craig as Mikael|
|First novel published in Sweden, Män som hatar kvinnor/Men who hate women; titled for the English market as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and released in the U.K. in 2008|
|In the late 1970s, spent time training women guerrillas in the use of grenade launchers in the African country of Eritrea|
|Worked as a graphic designer at the largest Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå (TT)|
Karl Stig-Erland Larsson was born on Aug. 15, 1954 in Umea, Sweden. Following his birth, his parents were too young and poor to raise him, so he lived with his grandparents until he was nine. Politics played a big role in his upbringing and career choice; his grandfather had been incarcerated in Sweden for his anti-Nazi opinions during the reign of the Third Reich and became Larsson's inspiration. After his grandfather's death, the future novelist lived with his parents and younger brother. He showed an interest in journalism at a young age; for his 12th birthday, his parents gave him a typewriter to assist in the creation of his earliest novels. At 18, Larsson met his lifelong partner, Eva Gabrielsson, during an anti-Vietnam War rally in Umea. They never married, but remained together for 32 years.
Larsson's personal life was as colorful and complicated as the crime mysteries he wrote. In the late 1970s, he spent time in Eritrea in Africa, where he helped train women guerrillas in the use of grenade launchers. Upon his return to his homeland, he served in the military. Shortly after 1983, Larsson began a 30-year stint as the Scandinavian correspondent of the British antiracist and antifascist magazine, Searchlight. From then on, he kept a low profile in Sweden, where neo-Nazi organizations were known to attack investigative reporters. Larsson also founded Expo magazine, Searchlight's Swedish counterpart; the publication was reportedly the inspiration for the fictional magazine in his Millennium trilogy of crime novels. Expo magazine and its founder were frequent targets of death threats by neo-Nazi organizations, which prompted Larsson to take extra safety precautions (which included postponing his wedding to Gabrielsson) for the rest of his life. While he occupied himself with writing and lecturing about his opposition of Swedish extreme right and racist groups, Larsson relaxed by writing detective novels at night.
In 2002, during an island vacation in the Stockholm archipelago, Larsson picked up a short story he wrote about an old man selling flowers who ends up murdered - that would eventually become the first chapter of the Millennium saga. Over the next two years, he wrote 2,000 pages that he hoped to turn into a series of 10 novels. In 2004, Larsson found a Swedish publisher who offered him a three-book deal. But six months after delivering his manuscripts, Larsson suffered from a massive heart attack and died. It was a shocking death, but those who knew him were not all that surprised. The author was only 50 years old, but he led a sedentary lifestyle, smoked about 20 cigarettes a day, loved junk food, and his family had a history of heart problems. Larsson died without seeing his three crime novels, collectively known as the Millennium trilogy - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest ¬- become international bestsellers-turned-global phenomenon. Larsson's thrillers sold tens of millions of copies worldwide, triggering an intense and long battle over his estimated $30 million estate between his longtime partner, Gabrielsson, and his family, who according to Swedish law, received all of his assets. In October 2010, Larsson's family revealed that a fourth book in the Millennium series was located in Larsson's laptop. Gabrielsson, who had Larsson's laptop, did not confirm the reports of any unpublished manuscripts.
Larsson's debut novel, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," centered on an odd couple - Mikael Blomkvist, a disgraced financial journalist looking to solve the mysterious disappearance of a teen heiress, and his investigative partner, Lisbeth Salander, a morosely punked-out computer hacker who is tormented by a horrible childhood. Larsson made his heroine and ultimately the book's iconoclastic salvation, a multilayered character whose abusive past left her refusing any emotional ties. All his novels bore lacerating comments about contemporary Swedish society, as well as violence against women. Released as a Swedish film in 2009, the novel triggered a worldwide casting search for its female lead for the American film version (2011). A-list actresses that reportedly vied for the role included Kristen Stewart, Scarlett Johansson, Carey Mulligan, Ellen Page and Natalie Portman. At the end of the exhaustive search, a then-relatively unknown American actress named Rooney Mara landed the highly coveted role opposite Daniel Craig who played Blomkvist's character.
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