Karl Stig-Erland “Stieg” Larsson


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Skelleftehamn, Skellefteå kommun, Västerbottens län, Sweden
Death 9 Nov 2004 (aged 50)
Stockholms län, Sweden
Burial Sodermalm, Stockholms kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden
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Author. He received notoriety as an award-winning Swedish author with his work being published in the early part of the 21st Century. Although he was a long-time worthy journalist, he is best-known for his Millennium crime novels, especially “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” For the first nine years of his life, he lived with his maternal grandparents, until his grandfather died. He heard stories about his grandfather, who was very political and during World War II, had been imprisoned for not supporting the Nazis Party. At this point in his life, he went to live with his father and brother. After his impressed father read his twelve-year-old son's handwritten novel, he got him a typewriter for his 13th birthday. During the Vietnam War, he protested against the war with other young people in the streets becoming political and outspoken as his grandfather was. After finishing school and two years in the Swedish Army, he found employment at the post office. He became an active member of the Swedish left-wing movement. Continuing to be interested in the Vietnam War, he edited an obscure magazine, which was a branch of the Trotskyist Fourth International, an organization of followers of Leo Trotsky, whose goal was helping the working class overthrow capitalism and work toward international Communism. In the early 1980s, he became the Scandinavian correspondent of “Searchlight,” a British magazine dedicated to anti-fascism and anti-racism. In 1995, he was the main force behind the founding of the Swedish magazine, “Expo,” which supported many of the same ideas of “Searchlight.” With his workaholic personality, he work full-time for two years at both magazines, but eventually put all his effort into “Expo.” From 1999 to his death, he was the chief editor of “Expo.” Publicly, he made many enemies with his political publications. He and members of his staff were found to be under surveillance; his office burglarized destroying property; and photos of him and his long-time girlfriend were found in possession of a Neo-Nazis group. At his death, he had accumulated 20 boxes of research on the unsolved assassination of left-wing political Swedish figure, Sven Olof Joachim Palme. He never abandoned his passion for writing a novel, especially science fiction or crime fiction. In the 1990s, he drafted the trilogy of crime novels, which were eventually released under English titles: in 2005 “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” in 2006 “The Girl Who Played with Fire,” and in 2007 “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.” Although the first novel was submitted to a publisher, he died before any of his novels were in print. These novels have been translated not only from Swedish to English, but several other languages. He was know to have poor health habits, such as a diet of high-fat fast foods, smoking as many as 60 strong, hand-rolled cigarettes daily, never exercising, drinking gallons of coffee daily and manically working into the night and reporting to work with 2 hours of sleep. On the day of his death, he climbed seven stories of stairs since the elevator in his building was broken; this was followed by a massive heart attack. Although some thought his death was suspicious, nothing was ever proven that his death was at the hand of an enemy. Joining the the great novelists of the 21st century, his novels have become international best-sellers with the total of 80 million copies sold of the trilogy reaching over $40 million. Dying without a will, his father became his heir after a court case was initiated by his thirty-year live-in mate. He was the first author to have more than one million e-books purchased on Amazon. Awards and honors: In 2006 and 2008 the “Glass Key Award”; in 2008 the “Best Swedish Crime Novel Award” and for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” the “British ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for International Author of the Year” and the South African “Exclusive Books Boeke Prize;” in 2009 for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” the “Galaxy British Book Award” for crime thriller and Anthony Award for the “Best First Novel” and also that year, from Spain the “General Council of the Judiciary Award” for his contribution to fight against domestic violence; and in 2010 the USA Today's “Author of the Year” award. Based on Larsson' characters, the millennium series continues with David Lagercrantz' novels “The Girl in the Spider's Web” in 2015 and “The Girl Who Takes An Eye for an Eye” in 2017. Many of his novels have been made into movies.

Bio by: Linda Davis


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