Stieg Larsson

The legacy

Controversy surrounding the legacy

Stieg Larsson spent 32 years of his life with the architect Eva Gabrielsson. However, they never married, maybe due to Stieg’s dangerous work at the Expo-foundation. They did not have any children, and Stieg left no written will, so according to Swedish law, Stieg’s estate was inherited by his father and brother. This sparked a dispute between Eva Gabrielsson and Stieg’s relatives. She claims that they “were never a part of our lives” and that they are not the right persons handling Stieg’s estate.

A fact complicating the matter is that Eva has the laptop with the partly finished script for the content-images-stieglarsson_v2-right_books_offeringfourth book in the Millenium series. And she will not publish the script unless she is given the full rights to manage the novels in the Millenium series, the novels which she and Stieg worked with together. However, Stieg’s father and brother has not been willing to meet this amend, and this has resulted in a stalemate which has lasted the five years since Stieg’s death.

The most recent event took place when Stieg’s father and brother in an interview with a newspaper offered Eva a final settlement of € 2 million. She rejected the offer, saying that it is not the money she is after, but the legal rights to administrate the literary property of Stieg.

So the stalemate continues, and the final words have not been said.

778 comments on “The legacy”

  • Mary Lapeyrade says:

    I just read The Girl in the Spider’s Web. It started slow, had too many new characters, but I still enjoyed the read. If Eva is ever able to write more books, I would read those too.

    - Mary Lapeyrade,

  • SueKlein says:

    Greedy buggers. If she worked on the books with her life partner then she should have the bulk of the proceeds. I am astonished that this could be allowed to happen in Sweden.

    - SueKlein,

  • admin says:

    Please print the book!

  • Mon says:

    Eva probably knows Lisbeth so well that she could continue her story for many more books. Eva is part of the Larsson legend and I can fully understand her motives for wanting to control the books. How very sad that there should be squabbles about what are surely the books of the century

    - Mon,

  • Pj Meyers says:

    If it were the other way around, would the Male be denied the rights to the estate?

    - Pj Meyers,

  • Dulcie says:

    So very sad. I hope she is allowed to publish the fourth book the first three are brilliant. I would dearly love to follow the story on. The father and brother should not be allowed to control the work that was obviously intended to go to print.

    - Dulcie,

  • Patricia A. Fontaine says:

    A mess…but his partner should be able to have all the rights. Whether or not they made their relationship “legal” (piece of paper)…they were together for 32 years! Hello!!!! Nobody expects to die suddenly – especially at 50…and obviously, Steig was writing BOOKS…not a will. No-one chooses family…but we DO choose whom we live with!

    p.s. the prior message to this one needs a dictionary – or just a lesson (or 10) on the proper use of grammar.

    - Patricia A. Fontaine,

  • smsmichaela says:

    Let the 4th book be published!!! Please!

    - smsmichaela,

    • Patricia A. Fontaine, says:

      Great comments. Agree totally. One question, after 32 years wouldn’t they be “common law” married? So sad that he didn’t think of what would happen to her if he died. If you don’t want certain members of your family to get ANY of your belongings, PUT IT IN WRITING!! Because the family members you can’t stand will prevail if you don’t. Stieg’s father and brother should walk away. They know that Eva is really his “wife” even if they didn’t sign the papers. Anything less would be disgusting.

  • BobbiPratt says:

    Mr. Larson should of married her or left a will. If she were that important to him, he would have taken care of that. This is not Sweden’s fault or his family’s fault. The girlfriend was a room-mate with benefits. She’s the dumb one. If she helped write the books, why didn’t he give her co-authorship. This chick was him room-mate. He did what he wanted to do and “left” the money to his family in his own way.

    - BobbiPratt,

    • Lisa E says:

      He did have a will but it was unwitnessed. Sweden doesn't recognize (or didn't at the time) common law spouses. A big part of the reason why they didn't legally marry was because of Steig's (and her) very anti-right political views. He often received threats and because of the Swedish registry system it would make their joint information public. According to his colleagues at EXPO he felt this was the best way to protect her from backlash with Swedens neo-nazi extremists.

  • Heather, altrincham says:

    Considering Sweden is supposed to be a modern and forward looking country, it’s staggering that a partner, particularly one of such long-standing can be left in a situation of having no rights in a spousal position. In this country people would be in outrage!

    Steig’s life partner must keep her position with regard to his Father and Brother, who he clearly didn’t have any relationship with – they are ambushing steig’s life and work for their own financial gain; it’s a ‘little’ obscene and pretty distasteful.

    - Heather, altrincham,

  • johnny says:

    So the girl that Stieg had been shacking up with doesn’t want the money? No, she wants the legal rights to administer the literary property of Stieg. Sounds like she wants more money.

    - johnny,

  • Sanda says:

    You would think that Stieg’s family would WANT further books published .. a continuation of his work. More adventures of Lizbeth and Micke and make it go on and on! The public wants this! Give Eva the rights! By withholding them, you are denying all of us the pleasure of a continuing saga…

    - Sanda,

  • Diana says:

    Stieg Larrson’s authentic life appears to be somewhat similar w his work. I was not even a fan until reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in 2013. …. I’ve only just begun.

    - Diana,

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      - tom,

  • tom says:

    What a shitty deal for Eva Gabrielsson!! I agree with all the other people – Some people will do anything for money – even if they never earned it or deserved it!!

    Just what there books hit upon – women’s rights!!

    32 yrs. together in Sweden legally doesn’t mean anything obviously!!

    I don’t know Swedish law, but what would have happened if Stieg had no family – would it all go to the gov’t?

    - tom,

  • Amanda says:

    I thought Sweden was a progressive country that recognized civil partnerships. In most of the civilized world there would be no question that everything Larsson had belonged to Eva after his death, if he did not leave a will to the contrary. What a shame.

    - Amanda,

    • tom, says:


      - tom,

  • Alexa says:

    This is an ultimate bummer. It would be so terrible if the fourth book never gets printed. It seems to me that since Eva was Stieg’s life-partner that she has certain rights. In other jurisdictions around the world, she would not be left in the lurch. I wonder if there is anything we can do? Start a letter writing campaign to the Swedish government?

    I feel great sadness about Stieg’s untimely death.

    - Alexa,

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  • Rini R. says:

    give Eva what’s rightfully hers….. she is the one who shared her life with Stieg…. she at least should have all the rights to the Millennium trilogy and further documents, produced while she was living with him.

    - Rini R.,

    • Leila liples, says:

      Amazing how two people can profit from something to which they had no input and cut out his life companion without a thought for the love, loyalty and support given by her to Stieg Larsson.It appears that Sweden is not at all the advanced country I once thought.Could it be that they are politicians?

      - Peter,

    • admin says:


      - tom,

  • Sharon Wright says:

    What a terrible tragedy – Eva Gabrielsson was his life partner for 32 years – does that not say something!! It always happens when there is money the vultures show their true colours. Dont know how his father and brother can sleep at night. If only Steig was alive today. What a sad time for Eva Gabrielsson having constant stress since his death which must be very hard for her. Lets hope that his “so called” family do the right thing.

    - Sharon Wright,

    • tom, says:

      Very much agree!!!

      - tom,

    • Peter, says:

      well said!

      - ~e,

  • admin says:

    The Larsson family is very selfish & greedy!! The fans hunger for a 4th book. God bless you Eva Gabrielsson.

    • tom, says:


      - tom,

  • Mchael Drake says:

    Give the day her rights and let the departed RIP

    - Mchael Drake,

  • Michael Drake says:

    Give the lady her rights and let her dearly departed RIP

    - Michael Drake,

    • tom, says:


      - tom,

  • Jan Borrell says:

    It will be a tragedy if the fourth in the Larsson series never sees the light of day. I imagine (hope) that Eva would be able to complete the fourth book with the ending that Stieg undoubtedly discussed with her. That would be a wonderful and fitting legacy to an amazing author.

    - Jan Borrell,

    • tom, says:

      A very,very greedy, unscrupulous family!!Completely agree

      - tom,

  • Brian Butler says:

    What a greedy, unscrupulous pair. After 32 years together, she should morally inherit everything. It’s the kind of thing he would have been appalled about, & may have written it into a novel (more injustice)

    - Brian Butler,

    • tom, says:

      They are making millions and millions, without having done anything at all to deserve them. I met Stieg´s wealthy brother some weeks ago at the Arlanda airport in Stockholm, Sweden. He was bragging about all his journeys – I pretended as though I didn´t know who he was. Understand he can travel anywhere he wants to now. He does definitely not give the impression of being the same bright person as his brother. My sympathies to Stieg Larsson´s woman, who – unmarried to him – got nothing…

      - GF from Sweden,

  • Jk says:

    Can’t they split everything three ways?

    - Jk,

  • lisa says:

    I hope she wins I think his story needs to be read.

    - lisa,

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