The Life and History of Stieg Larsson

If you happened to be a wide reader of books, you just might have come across Stieg Larsson, a Swedish writer and novelist, who was known for his works even after his death. In fact, the Stieg Larsson obituary has been shown in bookshop news because of the writer’s influence even after his death.

Stieg Larsson, known as Karl Stig-Erland Larsson in real life, was born in the August 15, 1954 in Skelleftehamn just outside Skelleftea. His most popular work was the Millenium Trilogy of crime novels, all of which was published after his death. The said book was made into a movie by the Scandinavian company Yellow Bird in the year 2009, generating an additional buzz. When March 2010 came around, the Millenium Trilogy has already sold approximately 27 million copies in more than 40 countries around the world. He was also known as the second best-selling author in the world when the year 2008 came knocking around the calendar, just coming behind Khaled Hosseini.

Stieg Larsson was known for being a journalist as well as being an activist, a science fiction fan and a photographer even before his death. He was a political activist for the Kommunistiska Arbetareforbundet, also known as the Communist Workers League. He was an editor for Fjarde internationalen, a Swedish Trotskyist journal of the Fourth International. He was also a regular contributor for the weekly Internationalen. He even experiences training a squad of guerrillas to use grenade launchers. However, due to a kidney disease, he was forced to quit his job and find other means of income.
Stieg Larsson claimed that his source of writing inspiration has come from various British and American detective novel writers including Agatha Christie, Sara Paretsky, Enid Blyton, Val McDermid and Dorothy Sayers. Even after his death, Stieg Larsson’s memories and heritage through his published works will continue to live on.