The Girl with the Dragon tattoo gets Sequel after 8 years

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16th July 2015

There seems to be a trend now as after Harper Lee’s “Mocking Bird”, its now turn of “The girl with the Dragon Tattoo” to get a sequel

The  Millennium trilogy consisting of the popular books “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest “ , written by the Swedish Jounalist/ writer Stieg Larsson  is getting a fourth installment but it would be the first in the series not to be authored by creator Stieg Larsson, who died of a heart attack in 2004.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web (original title in Swedish: Det som inte dödar oss, “That Which Does Not Kill Us”) will be focusing on the characters of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist and would be Written by David Lagercrantz, The novel is set to be released worldwide on 27 August 2015, except in the United States, where it will be released on 1 September 2015

It is reported that  Swedish writer David Lagercrantz wrote the work on a computer with no internet connection, and delivered the Swedish manuscript to his publishers by hand – UK publisher MacLehose , maintaining complete secrecy on the whole work.

Press has unveiled the cover as of now , which shows Salander herself, complete with dragon tattoo and a suitably punk pair of trousers. The Book right now is in the process of being translated into 38 different languages, with George Goulding working on the English version.

Cover of the Fourth Installment-

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

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It is now 10 years since Norstedts published Män som hatar kvinnor, or Men Who Hate Women, which in English was called The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. MacLehose picked up the trilogy, completed with The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, for English publication after it was rejected by eight other publishers in the UK.

The three novels, tracing the violent adventures of Salander, a punk computer hacker, and the journalist Mikael Blomkvist, have now sold more than 75m copies worldwide, and more than 14m in the British market.

Lagercrantz has been given “a completely free rein” by Larsson’s estate to continue their stories, said MacLehose. “The reader of this fourth book will know exactly where they are. It will be like coming home, getting back into a hot bath you wished you hadn’t left on a winter’s day – here we are, thrilled to be chained once more to the same calibre of narrator. Lagercrantz is very, very clever.”

Larsson, said MacLehose, “wrote down the shadowy outline of 10 books” in the Millennium series before he died suddenly at the age of 50 in 2004, and before his novels became a worldwide phenomenon. “I haven’t seen it, and I haven’t met anybody who has read it, but he knew he was going to go on,” said MacLehose. “I have the strongest sense that if he was unable to give his creations Salander and Blomkvist fresh life, I think he would have wanted above everything for them to be let loose on the stage.”

As reported on Guardian

Though the book is not coming without its share of controversies as according to Guradian

“The book is being published at the instigation of Larsson’s father and brother, who have said they wanted to “keep alive the characters and world” that Larsson created. “We see it as a way of offering his many readers the continuation they have been longing for. We chose David Lagercrantz because we think he is highly suited to the task. David is a skilled writer who has portrayed odd characters and complex geniuses throughout his career. He will be doing it his own way,” Joakim and Erland Larsson have said in a statement.

The journalist’s partner of 32 years, Eva Gabrielsson, however, has been outspoken about her opposition to the series’ continuation. Because the two never married, and because Larsson died intestate, his estate was divided between his father and brother. Gabrielsson has previously said that Larsson had written 200 pages of a fourth book in the series, but that it would never be published while she holds the draft pages.

She slammed the idea of Lagercrantz’s follow-up in an interview with AFP in Stockholm earlier this month. “I wouldn’t have continued Stieg’s work. It was his language, his unique narrative,” she told the agency. “The worst thing is how saddened Stieg would have been. He never let anyone work on his literary texts. He would have been furious. Who knows, maybe he’ll send a lightning bolt at the book launch.”

But MacLehose is adamant that Lagercrantz is the right person to continue the series. The author of the ghostwritten autobiography of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, I Am Zlatan, he also covered crime for Swedish daily Expressen. “He’s uniquely qualified,” he said. “He knows what he’s talking about, about the police or the intelligence units in the Swedish government, how they work … [And] he’s a writer of tremendous gifts.”

Lagercrantz, who lives on Södermalm in Stockholm, near to where much of the action in the Millennium series is set, has spoken, via a statement from Quercus, of the importance of Larsson’s legacy. “Stieg Larsson was a master at creating complex stories with a lot of different plotlines and that was something I was determined to live up to,” he has said. “[His writing style] is down to earth and unaffected. But there is a kind of journalistic authoritativeness about his work. I realised early on how idiotic it would be for me just to imitate him. This is my own prose.”

Amidst all these it is no surprise that thousands of readers are marking their calendars to mark the arrival of the fourth installment only to scrutinize the efficiency of the new author and the book to adapt themselves seamlessly into this worldwide phenomenon

Source: Guardian.com and wikipedia

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