Saturday, 19 November 2016

Salander and Blomqvist Back in a Fifth Millennium Novel - Press Release

On September 7, 2017, the fifth installment of the Millennium series will be published in more than 20 countries. Once again it is David Lagercrantz who’s writing the book.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the fourth novel in the series, and the sequel to Stieg Larsson’s groundbreaking crime trilogy, has been published in more than 40 countries and has sold 5 million copies to date.
 Eva Gedin, Publisher at Norstedts, says:
“I have just read a first draft. It is wonderful to once again work with David Lagercrantz and a new story set in the Millennium universe. I am so impressed by David’s ability to find unexpected themes and how he can create unpredictable plots. Just like in 2015 when we published The Girl in the Spider’s Web, this new novel will be launched simultaneously around the world. And I promise, this will be just as thrilling!”
 David Lagercrantz, how did the attention around The Girl in the Spider’s Web affect you?
“I couldn’t have imagined what effect the news about an upcoming fourth novel in the Millennium series would have. I thought people would shrug their shoulders and go on with their lives, instead Swedish and international media went half-crazy and the whole thing just escalated. Sure, I fantasized that the novel would become a success; I am after all a hopeless dreamer. When I struggle the most, I dream of triumphs, and most often I am disappointed. This time however I was amazed by the response.”
 How do you find the motivation to write yet another book in the series?
“Stieg Larsson created a fantastic universe that I feel continuously inspired by. During a holiday trip with my family an idea struck me and arose the same fever that I lived with when I wrote The Girl in the Spider’s Web. It is not so good for my sleep and my neurosis, but it is definitively good for my writing.”
 You are donating moneys from your royalties to Läsrörelsen, the Reading Movement. Why specifically to them?
“This work to make young people read cannot be praised enough. Today more than ever, with a growing right wing populist movement and extremism. Reading and learning critical thinking are cornerstones in building our democratic future.”

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