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Stieg Larsson: Behind the Dragon Tattoo - Summary

Stieg Larsson, a famous Swedish author, dies of a heart attack after running up seven flights of stairs; he is only 50 years old but out of shape. Larsson publishes three of his ten book “Millennium” series before he dies, but only 250 pages of his 4th book are written. 

Larsson is born in Skelleftehamn, Sweden and his given name is Karl Stig-Erland Larsson. Larsson lives with his grandparents the first eight years of his life in a remote and cold area. Larsson loves to read and listen to his grandpa’s stories. He begins to write his own stories at a young age.

Stieg applies to the Stockholm School of Journalism but is not accepted. Larsson finds a job at Tidningarnas Telegrambyra (also known as TTI) working with writers. Larsson starts his own magazine, Expo, so he can publish his own work.

Larsson’s Expo magazine focuses on publicly exposing injustices in Sweden. Expo reports on anti-democratic and racist actions. Neo-Nazis are one of the groups committing such actions. These Neo-Nazis try to put Expo out of business through violent actions. After fifteen years of working for free on Expo, Larsson decides to write a series of books.

Mikael Blomkvist is a fictional journalist and a main character in Larsson’s books. Blomkvist owns and operates a magazine called “Millennium.” Millennium investigates and exposes right-wing extremists. Obviously Blomkvist is based partly on the author’s life. Mikael also has similar characteristics to Kalle Blomkvist, who is a boy detective from a series written by Astrid Lindgren.

Lisbeth Salander is the fictional main character in Larsson’s books and is based, according to Larsson, on Pippi Longstocking (another Astrid-Lindgren character) and Larsson’s niece.

Larsson has three books, in order: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. All three novels are set in real and fictional places in Sweden. This story includes many links to pictures and additional information about Sweden and Stieg Larsson.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5124stories and lessons created

Original Release: Jan 01, 2011

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016


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