Stieg Larsson – Famous European Writer

Swedish writer Stieg Larsson has achieved posthumous fame through his Millennium Trilogy, a series of detective novels he finished writing shortly before his death from a heart attack in 2004. The Trilogy, which consists of the novels “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl Who Played With Fire”, and “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest”, was only turned in to his publisher before his death; it did not actually see print and production until afterward. The trilogy has been on the New York Times bestseller list for months and was also an international bestseller. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” has been made into a Swedish film that has since been exported and shown around the world to rave reviews, though it is in no way as well-known or popular as the novels themselves.

Before he worked as a writer of contemporary fiction, Stieg Larsson worked as a journalist, something that is portrayed in the novels as one of the main characters, Mikael Blomkvist, is also a journalist. He did much work fighting against modern-day Nazi organizations, called Neo-Nazis, and had a passion for both exposing them and raising awareness in others for the problem. He was well-known for his fighting against the extreme right-wing radical groups and against racism in general.

When Stieg Larsson was born, he went immediately to live with his grandparents on account of his parents were too poor to afford to raise a child and support themselves. This was in the year 1954 in Västerbotten, a town in the northern reaches of Sweden. Larsson got many of his anti-Nazi tendencies at an early age from his grandparents, as his grandfather was so strongly against Nazism that he was imprisoned during the Second World War. This too is reflected in the Millennium Trilogy, as some of the characters have a background in which they joined a Nazi party during the war, something Larsson was quite familiar with from talking with his grandparents.

Larsson was a worldwide traveler, spending some time in Africa, though he often felt he was in danger from right-wing extremists. He took precautions such as keeping the blinds closed at all times and never being seen outside the house with his life partner, Eva Gabrielsson. These actions were not unfounded, as once there was evidence discovered that suggested a right-wing group, a group that was already responsible for murder, had been gathering information on Larsson. There is no evidence that these sort of threats prompted his decisions to travel, but it is likely that they could have.

Through his entire life, Larsson loved writing. He started as a boy with a typewriter and continued on, writing his detective novels at night.