Millennium - The StoryThe Millennium trilogy by Swedish author Stieg Larsson is THE literary phenomenon of the last decade with 15 million books sold worldwide, 25 translations in over 40 countries, and a movie that is blasting box-office records in Scandinavia and several European countries. And the Millennium saga has only just begun…
This portrait of Stieg Larsson reveals the story of an outstanding success – a worldwide phenomenon who at the age of 50, died from a sudden heart attack before his first novel was even published. This planetary triumph is analyzed by close friends and relatives of Stieg Larsson; by his publisher, his journalist colleagues and by various professionals who have worked on the films, including Swedish Producer, Soren Staermose, and the leading actors Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist who play Elisabeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist.
They have all been seduced by this 2000-page-long thriller trilogy that totally revisits the genre with freshly-defined characters and a reversal of sexual roles. It also offers well-documented and believable realism, along with a powerful story set against a political backdrop.
Millenium - The Story gives us insight into Stieg Larsson’s life and work. The child who grew up in a humble environment, amid hostility and strife, went on to become a dogged and forthright journalist. He published six books on particularly-cherished subjects: democracy, violence against women, racism, and death threats against journalists on account of their beliefs. This latter subject was particularly dear to him after he and a number of his colleagues were personally threatened after creating a magazine determined to combat the rise of the Extreme Right-Wing and racism.
Stieg Larsson stood his ground, refusing to be silenced by fear. The only compromise he made was refraining from marrying his girlfriend in order to protect her. This decision affected her adversely after his death as it led to a highly-publicized inheritance war. Larsson would have probably looked down on such behavior as he had always advocated respect for others and fought against the corrupting power of money, this becoming the only cloud cast on an otherwise amazing and unexpected Scandinavian success story of colossal proportions.
Courtesy of Music Box Films, the U.S. distributor of the film adaptations of Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy. "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" opens in movie theaters across the country on Friday, October 29th. Visit http://www.millenniumfilmtrilogy.com for complete details.
Come early for "Trilogy Trivia" in the theater before each screening.
Also read the New York Times article "The Afterlife of Stieg Larsson".