Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson gifted the literary world with one of the most fascinating and fierce heroines in a long time in his 2005 crime novel, iThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/i, an international bestseller about Lisbeth ... Read more »
Born: 08/15/1954 in Umeå, Västerbottens län [SE-24], SE

Filmography

Writer (3)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 2011 (Movie)

(from novel: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") (Source Material)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest 2010 (Movie)

(from novel: "Luftslottet som sprangdes") (Source Material)

The Girl Who Played with Fire 2010 (Movie)

(from novel: "Flickan som lekte med elden") (Source Material)

Biography

Stieg Larsson gifted the literary world with one of the most fascinating and fierce heroines in a long time in his 2005 crime novel, <i>The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo</i>, an international bestseller about Lisbeth Salander, an elfin, Goth girl whose own abusive past helped her exact revenge on men who hurt women. A former journalist who spent his entire life fighting the right-wing extremists in his native Sweden, Larsson's taut thrillers, which also included <i>The Girl Who Played with Fire</i> (2006) and <i>The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest</i> (2007), sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. The trilogy also spawned a much-talked about search for an actress to portray Salander's character in the American version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2011). Sadly, Larsson unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack without ever seeing his novels in print and without witnessing the legacy he left behind as an idealist, a feminist, and one of the most brilliant and compelling storytellers of his time.

Milestones

2011

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

2009

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

2007

Third novel, <i>Luftslottet som sprängdes/The air castle that was blown up</i>; titled in English as <i>The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest</i>, and published in the U.K. in 2009 and in the U.S. in 2010

2006

Second novel published, <i>Flickan som lekte med elden/The Girl Who Played with Fire</i>; released in the U.K. in 2009

2005

First novel published in Sweden, <i>Män som hatar kvinnor/Men who hate women</i>; titled for the English market as <i>The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo</i> and released in the U.K. in 2008

2004

Left behind manuscripts of three completed but unpublished novels written as a series, which were posthumously published as the <i>Millennium</i> trilogy

1995

Founded <i>Expo magazine</i>, the Swedish counterpart to <i>Searchlight</i>; the publication was reportedly the inspiration for the fictional magazine in his <i>Millennium</i> trilogy of crime novels

1983

Began a 30-year stint as the Scandinavian correspondent of the British antiracist and antifascist magazine <i>Searchlight</i>

1977

Worked as a graphic designer at the largest Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå (TT)

In the late 1970s, spent time training women guerrillas in the use of grenade launchers in the African country of Eritrea

Served in the Swedish military

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