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By Barry Forshaw

The stranger-than-fiction existence tale of the author of The woman with the Dragon Tattoo 

His 3 novels are violent, terrifying, brilliantly written, and have sold thousands of copies round the world, but Stieg Larrson was not able to witness their foreign success. Since he died in 2004 the writer of the Millennium trilogy has got overseas popularity with dizzying velocity. but if one appears to be like a bit deeper on the guy at the back of those out of the ordinary novels, it's transparent that his lifestyles will be remembered as actually amazing even had his trilogy by no means been released. Larrson was once a workaholic: a political activist, photographer, image fashion designer, a revered journalist, and the editor of diverse technology fiction magazines. At evening, to sit back, he wrote crime novels. by the point of his loss of life on the age of fifty he had accomplished The lady Who Kicked the Hornet's Next, the 3rd publication that includes the hypnotic Lisbeth Salander. His relentless character and political convictions didn't make lifestyles effortless. He famously took on a few harmful neo-Nazi competitors, making for a lot hypothesis that his enemies, who usually advised him that his days have been numbered, can have a hand in his untimely death. this hard guy, very good and multifaceted, is the topic of a penetrating biography and a party of his notable lifestyles and books.

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To say that he didn’t give his body a chance almost understates the case. ’ The suggestion that Stieg Larsson did not talk to his brother and father for many years is disputed, but it is certainly true that he never married his partner Eva Gabrielsson – and by the diktats of the Swedish legal system, she, accordingly, did not inherit his estate or literary legacy (which is principally, of course, the three novels of the Millennium Trilogy). The legatees were, in fact, his father Erland and his brother Joakim.

After national service, Stieg began a 30-year stint as the UK magazine Searchlight’s Scandinavian correspondent. He had decided to devote his life to fighting fascism along with religious and racial intolerance in the 1980s and 1990s, writing books on honour killings and the extreme Right in Sweden. This was a dangerous time for a writer of Larsson’s stamp, and a car bomb had killed a fellow investigative journalist. But Stieg had a source of strength in his partner, Eva Gabrielsson, an architectural historian who shared his political convictions.

Inheriting his father’s talents for the visual arts, from 1977 to 1999 Larsson held down a job as a graphic designer for an important Swedish news agency, Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå. It was inevitable that with his deeply felt political convictions, organisational skills and journalistic savvy, Larsson would at some point bring together these different strands of experience to forge something that he could feel proud of creating. He decided to found the Swedish Expo Foundation – which was inspired by the similarly motivated Searchlight Foundation in Britain – with a brief to ‘counteract the growth of the extreme Right and the white power culture in schools and among young people’.

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