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November 08, 2012

Remembering Stieg Larsson: Author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Today is a day to remember Stieg Larsson who passed away from a heart attack in 2004 at the young age of 50. Most of us know Larsson from his Millennium series which starts off with the famed novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. His novels have been made into popular films both in Sweden in 2009 and in the USA in 2011, but unfortunately Larsson didn’t live to witness his books become known globally or to see them make it to the silver screen. As with most writers, there is always more than meets the eye, and this is very true with Larsson. Here are some little known facts about this author that I thought you might enjoy!
  1. Larsson was a journalist for anti-fascist and communist publications.
  2. In 2008, Larsson was the second best-selling author in the world. Khaled Hosseini (author of The Kite Runner) beat him to first place.
  3. Larsson had little formal education. Instead of signing up for college he opted to backpack through Africa and the Caribbean. He was, however, and avid reader!
  4. Larsson loved science fiction (he cited 2001: A Space Odyssey as his favorite film) and reading American detective novels – as long as the authors were women. Larsson, after all, was very pro-feminist!
  5. The original title of Larsson’s book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was Men who hate Women.