Stieg Larsson

Eva Gabrielsson

Arguably best known for being the long-time partner of the late Stieg Larsson, the famous Swedish novelist who wrote the Millennium series, Eva Gabrielsson has established herself as a notable author, architect, feminist, and prominent activist in the political arena.

Who is Eva Gabrielsson?

Born on November 17th, 1953, Eva Gabrielsson has lived an almost storied life that has eva gabrielssonincluded many different activities which have mostly been associated with her partner, Stieg Larsson, in a relationship that lasted from 1974 to his untimely death in 2004.

Her Life with Larsson

The relationship grew out of love and mutual interest in the politics of Sweden which continued for the entire time that they were together. With Larsson being one of the most noted experts on the neo-Nazi movement in Sweden, Eva joined him in helping to expose these extreme right-wing, anti-democratic organizations which carried with it the risks of danger to them both.

Therefore, Eva and Stieg never married because he feared that the anti-Nazi work he was doing would put her at risk of assassination just like him. There would be no paper trail to link them together in terms of their financial or legal status so she could remain clear of any retaliation from the extremists. The 30 years she spent with Stieg are chronicled in her book, “There are Things I Want You to Know About Stieg Larsson and Me”, an autobiography that reveals much about their lives together.

In her autobiography, she described Stieg as many things, including an unsuccessful journalist and businessman, a feminist, and a fighter for social causes along with being a force against the neo-Nazi movement in Sweden. Larsson founded Expo, an anti-fascist publication in 1995 and began to create the Millennium series which became an international success. Three of his works of the planned 10-volume series were published and a fourth was planned with about 200 pages already written.

Unfortunately for Eva, when Stieg died unexpectedly in 2004 from a heart attack, she was in no position to take control of his estate because he didn’t leave a will behind. Instead, according to Swedish law, Larsson’s estate went to his father and brother, even though Stieg had been estranged from his father for quite some time. In fact, Stieg had spent a considerable amount of time during his childhood with his grandparents who essentially raised him for nine years.

Eva was left out in the cold essentially and to this day has felt like she was dispossessed because of the situation with the estate and how Stieg’s father and brother have managed it since his death.

Eva’s Fight for Larsson’s Legacy

With Stieg’s father and brother running the estate, Eva has been negotiating with them over control of his works. Since Eva has made some noted contributions to the works of Stieg Larsson, the legal rights have been in dispute since his death.

This has not prevented the media rights from being sold for the creation of three Swedish films from the Millennium series, which includes “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl Who Played with Fire”, and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”, all three starring Noomi Rapace, who has gone on to a successful career in American films. In addition, an English version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was made starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.

Eva’s fight has been over the literary rights to all of Stieg’s work and she has refused an offer of $3.3 million from Stieg’s father and brother to settle the matter. She has claimed in interviews that she will not be bought, so the fight continues.

Author

Her most famous work is arguably her memoir about her life with Stieg, but she has authored other works which have gained in prominence as well. She has stated that it was never her intention to write an account of her life with Stieg, but rather it was a coping process after losing her partner to help get through the grief. She had kept a diary of their time together and turned that into a book, the title of which comes from a time in which Larsson was on a trip to Africa in 1977 and believed that he would not make it back.

She has co-authored several books and literary projects which includes a government study in Sweden on creating sustainable housing, a monograph about co-habitation, and a new study with Per Olof Hallman, a noted Swedish urban planner.

Other Information

In addition to her own works, she has translated the novel “The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K. Dick into the Swedish language. She has been a tireless advocate to end violence against women, and she continues her architectural practice that involves both office and housing construction. A part of her work in this field involves an initiative by the European Union to fashion architecture that is sustainable in the region of Dalecarlia.

One of the more interesting theories that has been bandied about by those who knew Stieg Larsson, most notably his friends Kurdo Baksi and Anders Hellberg, is that the Millennium series is something that was out of character for the author. His friends are convinced that Eva Gabrielsson had something to do with writing it and perhaps even co-authored the work.

Eva has been quoted several times on the subject, including one interview where a co-authorship was implied. However, she has clarified her statements since that time stating that it was Stieg Larsson who was responsible for the craftsmanship and writing of the series. Her contributions were more along the lines of suggesting some content which included some ideas that she had regarding the work.

In any event, Eva Gabrielsson remains a strong figure in Sweden and while closely associated with her late partner Stieg Larsson, she has managed to carve out her own identity.

317 comments on “Eva Gabrielsson”

  • Escapeartist13 says:

    I will not buy the new novel unless I hear that Eva will get some of the royalties. It seems that the only relationship that Stieg had with his father and brother was after his death, when they became “close” to a fortune. Shame on them!!!!

    - Escapeartist13,


  • Oakenleaves says:

    Mrs. Gabrielssons comments on the father and brother of the late Stieg Larsson is libel. The Messr. Larsson have been most generous to her, yet they are treated with nothing but contempt and ridicule from this presumptiuos woman. The word megalomania comes to mind.

    - Oakenleaves,


    • Ron, says:

      I read that the other author David wrote the fourth on his own. Or am I mistaken?

      - Tara Lawrence

      -Stuart,


  • M.Auld says:

    I loved his books, and the movies and can’t wait to read “The girl in the spider’s web”….the manuscript he was working on when he died. I think what his father and brother was despicable and believe in karma…they will get theirs.

    - M.Auld,


    • Tara LawrenceStuart, says:

      Greed raises its ugly head again. Soon as he died, his father and brother moved in to take everything away from his life partner, she was with him for 20 odd years. Despicable human beings but greed rules again.

      - M.Auld,


  • admin says:

    I love his works they are so fantastic, I can’t wait till the girl in the spider’s web comes out althouth he didn’t really write it wouldn’t exist without him


  • Laurie Hart, Seattle says:

    I am so saddened to read that the life companion is being prevented from fulfilling the life work of her lost soul mate. this is unconscionable and besmirches the work of Stieg Larsson. Shame on his relatives!

    - Laurie Hart, Seattle,


    • M.Auld, says:

      Yes….it is called “The girl in the spider’s web’. He was in the process of writing it when he died, it is available for purchase.

      - M.Auld,


  • thomas w mullen says:

    shall the final manuscript ever be published

    - thomas w mullen,


    • M.Auld, says:

      Referred to a comment from Japan, about spiritual connection, purpose, destiny! Success to Eva, and Steig, reaching through time, past, present and future! Love is all. Fairness will endure. Truth will be known. Reality will be understood!

      - A. Jones,


    • Carole,, says:

      mace is illegal in a lot of countries where the crime rate is low. not having mace does not seem to be the source of lack of human rights in sweden. I am shocked to learn Eva did not automatically inherit the estate. where i live a de facto marriage is recognised as a legal one after about three years. until now i thought of sweden as progressive.

      - tracy,


    • Tara LawrenceStuart, says:

      Yes, Mace is illegal in all Nordic Countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland). On the other hand, the crime rate in those countries is very low,so there is no real need for it (or so the governments think)And I agree, the brother and father are nothing but scavangers trying to profit from Stig’s death when they were nevere there for him in life.

      - Eva,


  • thomas w mullen says:

    shall the final manuscript ever be published

    - thomas w mullen,


    • M.Auld, says:

      Referred to a comment from Japan, about spiritual connection, purpose, destiny! Success to Eva, and Steig, reaching through time, past, present and future! Love is all. Fairness will endure. Truth will be known. Reality will be understood!

      - A. Jones,


    • Tara LawrenceStuart, says:

      heart attack

      - saki,


  • A. Jones says:

    Beautiful comment, and exactly how I feel also! A deep spiritual, emotional, intellectual bond reaches across time, and endures. These works contain layers of truth, and meaning, especially for the creators. I am sure there are many things unknown, that will never be known fully. I believe threats are beyond mere political ideology and as with the great Shakespearean tragedies, at the base of conflict and early inexplicable demise, there is often struggle for power, corruption, exploitation, money, secrecy, greed, sexual slavery, trafficking, manipulation, politics, beyond borders. I saw scenes in the original version of the movie, which were missing on the dvd. There are gangsters who may have wanted issues covered up, criticism silenced. I see the couple’s belief in feminism and ideas of protection of vulnerable children from a secretive controlling system. This system would favor predators. Doesn’t anyone draw parallels between the threatened author/s and the couple who were murdered for exposing human trafficking by the mafia? Truth will prevail, just a matter of time! Perhaps his family and Swedish law have been used to suppress the progress of future planned books in the series!

    - A. Jones,


    • A. Jones, says:

      Hear! Hear!

      - Pat E.,


  • A says:

    Hint ~ global mafia, profits in trafficking, humans, drugs, armaments, weapons, military industrial complex, ngo’s, charities operating under radar, especially in war zones and natural disasters, big pharma, socialist states, movement of children and women for satantic ritual abuse, prostitution, slavery. The Nazis/Fascists went where?

    - A,


  • A. Jones says:

    Beautiful comment, and exactly how I feel also! A deep spiritual, emotional, intellectual bond reaches across time, and endures. These works contain layers of truth, and meaning, especially for the creators. I am sure there are many things unknown, that will never be known fully. I believe threats are beyond mere political ideology and as with the great Shakespearean tragedies, at the base of conflict and early inexplicable demise, there is often struggle for power, corruption, exploitation, money, secrecy, greed, sexual slavery, trafficking, manipulation, politics, beyond borders. I saw scenes in the original version of the movie, which were missing on the dvd. There are gangsters who may have wanted issues covered up, criticism silenced. I see the couple’s belief in feminism and ideas of protection of vulnerable children from a secretive controlling system. This system would favor predators. Doesn’t anyone draw parallels between the threatened author/s and the couple who were murdered for exposing human trafficking by the mafia? Truth will prevail, just a matter of time! Perhaps his family and Swedish law have been used to suppress the progress of future planned books in the series!

    - A. Jones,


    • A. Jones, says:

      As much as i would love to read the rest of books, i really don’t think another person should ever finish an individuals work regardless of circumstances. I do hope that his loved ones can come together!

      - ,


  • A says:

    Hint ~ global mafia, profits in trafficking, humans, drugs, armaments, weapons, military industrial complex, ngo’s, charities operating under radar, especially in war zones and natural disasters, big pharma, socialist states, movement of children and women for satantic ritual abuse, prostitution, slavery. The Nazis/Fascists went where?

    - A,


  • t says:

    Well here it is Sig spoke ti me , oh yes, and as far as I know i am NOT a psychic irrespective of the work of the remote viewing scientist: HAL PUTHOFF AND RUSSELL TARG — Stig says I should contact you—no–I am not a lunatic!! WHY i SHOULD CONTACT you? —ASK HIM! An he also wants me ti send you a poem, don’t ask me why (he never said) An it all cam about because in my garden I was posing a question to him (I was unaware that g could hear me—after all–why would he want to, either he spoke to me (what they call subliminally) or, I am going out of my mind. (He said YOU would understand this?) The qustion i posed to him (which he did not answer, since he seemed more preoccupied with me contacting you was–Why he would lecture to Scotland Yard on fascism and right wing groups when it is already established that they Yard is, institutionally, both racist and homophobic ? Bur he kept saying contact Eva ( and I do Not thin it was about my question necessarily) I will not send the poem on here, I already look like a big enough lunatic by writing what I have already written here than you! And I must get on with my own damn writing, books and some scripts–if you want the poem drop me a line on john.rosie12@gmx.co.uk.

    - t,


  • wioud says:

    For E.

    I am putting this in again ( I write fast and i have made a typo which he says , YOU would say is unforgivable–but you will know more about that than me)Well here it is Sig spoke ti me , oh yes, and as far as I know i am NOT a psychic irrespective of the work of the remote viewing scientist: HAL PUTHOFF AND RUSSELL TARG — Stig says I should contact you—NO–I am not a lunatic!! WHY i SHOULD CONTACT you? —ASK HIM! An he also wants me to send you a poem, don’t ask me why (he never said) And it all came about because in my garden I was posing a question to him (I was unaware that g could hear me—after all–why would he want to, either he spoke to me (what they call subliminally) or, I am going out of my mind. (He said YOU would understand this?) The question I posed to him (which he did not answer, since he seemed more preoccupied with me contacting you) THE QUESTION was–Why he would lecture to Scotland Yard on fascism and right wing groups when it is already established that they Yard is, institutionally, both racist and homophobic ? Bur he kept saying contact Eva ( and I do Not thin it was about my question necessarily) I will not send the poem on here, I already look like a big enough lunatic by writing what I have already written here than you! And I must get on with my own damn writing, books and some scripts–if you want the poem drop me a line on john.rosie12@gmx.co.uk.

    - wioud,


  • John Coyle says:

    For E.(YES i KNOW –A COUPLE OF MORE TYPOS HE OR YOU WANT CORRECTED!

    I am putting this in again ( I write fast and i have made a typo which he says , YOU would say is unforgivable–but you will know more about that than me)Well here it is Stig spoke ti me , oh yes, and as far as I know i am NOT a psychic irrespective of the work of the remote viewing scientist: HAL PUTHOFF AND RUSSELL TARG — Stig says I should contact you—NO–I am not a lunatic!! WHY i SHOULD CONTACT you? —ASK HIM! An he also wants me to send you a poem, don’t ask me why (he never said) And it all came about because in my garden I was posing a question to him (I was unaware that g could hear me—after all–why would he want to, either he spoke to me (what they call subliminally) or, I am going out of my mind. (He said YOU would understand this?) The question I posed to him (which he did not answer, since he seemed more preoccupied with me contacting you) THE QUESTION was–Why he would lecture to Scotland Yard on fascism and right wing groups when it is already established that they Yard is, institutionally, both racist and homophobic ? Bur he kept saying contact Eva ( and I do Not thin it was about my question necessarily) I will not send the poem on here, I already look like a big enough lunatic by writing what I have already written here thank you! –And I must get on with my own damn writing, 2 books and some scripts–if you want the poem drop me a line on john.rosie12@gmx.co.uk. -otherwise the world’s going crazy and me with it, he said you would understand that too.

    - John Coyle,


  • admin says:

    For E.(YES i KNOW –A COUPLE OF MORE TYPOS HE OR YOU WANT CORRECTED!

    I am putting this in again ( I write fast and i have made a typo which he says , YOU would say is unforgivable–but you will know more about that than me)Well here it is Stig spoke ti me , oh yes, and as far as I know i am NOT a psychic irrespective of the work of the remote viewing scientist: HAL PUTHOFF AND RUSSELL TARG — Stig says I should contact you—NO–I am not a lunatic!! WHY i SHOULD CONTACT you? —ASK HIM! An he also wants me to send you a poem, don’t ask me why (he never said) And it all came about because in my garden I was posing a question to him (I was unaware that g could hear me—after all–why would he want to, either he spoke to me (what they call subliminally) or, I am going out of my mind. (He said YOU would understand this?) The question I posed to him (which he did not answer, since he seemed more preoccupied with me contacting you) THE QUESTION was–Why he would lecture to Scotland Yard on fascism and right wing groups when it is already established that they Yard is, institutionally, both racist and homophobic ? Bur he kept saying contact Eva ( and I do Not thin it was about my question necessarily) I will not send the poem on here, I already look like a big enough lunatic by writing what I have already written here THANK you! –And I must get on with my own damn writing, 2 books and some scripts–if you want the poem drop me a line on john.rosie12@gmx.co.uk. -otherwise the world’s going crazy and me with it, he said you would understand that too.


  • John Coyle (on FB as Harry Worth) says:

    For E.(YES i KNOW –A COUPLE OF MORE TYPOS HE OR YOU WANT CORRECTED! THIS IS RIDICULOUS –AND ITS TAKING TOO LONG!)

    I am putting this in again ( I write fast and i have made a typo which he says , YOU would say is unforgivable–but you will know more about that than me)Well here it is Stig spoke to me , oh yes, and as far as I know i am NOT a psychic irrespective of the work of thoe remote viewing scientist: HAL PUTHOFF AND RUSSELL TARG — Stig says I should contact you—NO–I am not a lunatic!! WHY i SHOULD CONTACT you? —ASK HIM! An he also wants me to send you a poem, don’t ask me why (he never said) And it all came about because in my garden I was posing a question to him (I was unaware that g could hear me—after all–why would he want to, either he spoke to me (what they call subliminally) or, I am going out of my mind. (He said YOU would understand this?) The question I posed to him (which he did not answer, since he seemed more preoccupied with me contacting you) THE QUESTION was–Why he would lecture to Scotland Yard on fascism and right wing groups when it is already established that they Yard is, institutionally, both racist and homophobic ? Bur he kept saying contact Eva ( and I do Not thin it was about my question necessarily) I will not send the poem on here, I already look like a big enough lunatic by writing what I have already written here THANK you! –And I must get on with my own damn writing, 2 books and some scripts–if you want the poem drop me a line on john.rosie12@gmx.co.uk. -otherwise the world’s going crazy and me with it, he said you would understand that too.

    - John Coyle (on FB as Harry Worth),


  • John Coyle (on FB as Harry Worth) says:

    For E.(YES i KNOW –A COUPLE OF MORE TYPOS HE OR YOU WANT CORRECTED! THIS IS RIDICULOUS –AND ITS TAKING TOO LONG!)

    I am putting this in again ( I write fast and i have made a typo which he says , YOU would say is unforgivable–but you will know more about that than me)Well here it is Stig spoke to me , oh yes, and as far as I know I am NOT a psychic irrespective of the work of the remote viewing scientist: HAL PUTHOFF AND RUSSELL TARG — Stig says I should contact you—NO–I am not a lunatic!! WHY I SHOULD CONTACT you? —ASK HIM! And he also wants me to send you a poem, don’t ask me why (he never said) And it all came about because in my garden I was posing a question to him (I was unaware that g could hear me—after all–why would he want to, either he spoke to me (what they call subliminally) or, I am going out of my mind. (He said YOU would understand this?) The question I posed to him (which he did not answer, since he seemed more preoccupied with me contacting you) THE QUESTION was–Why he would lecture to Scotland Yard on fascism and right wing groups when it is already established that they Yard is, institutionally, both racist and homophobic ? Bur he kept saying contact Eva ( and I do Not thin it was about my question necessarily) I will not send the poem on here, I ALREADY look like a big enough lunatic by writing what I have already written here thank you! –And I must get on with my own damn writing, 2 books and some scripts–if you want the poem drop me a line on john.rosie12@gmx.co.uk. -otherwise the world’s going crazy and me with it, he said you would understand that too. (I DON’T CARE IF THERE’S ANY MORE TYPOS–I’M NOT CORRECTING THEM, THANK YOU!)

    - John Coyle (on FB as Harry Worth),


  • John Coyle (on FB as Harry Worth) says:

    For E.(YES i KNOW –A COUPLE OF MORE TYPOS HE OR YOU WANT CORRECTED! THIS IS RIDICULOUS –AND ITS TAKING TOO LONG!)

    I am putting this in again ( I write fast and i have made a typo which he says , YOU would say is unforgivable–but you will know more about that than me)Well here it is Stig spoke to me , oh yes, and as far as I know i am NOT a psychic irrespective of the work of thoe remote viewing scientist: HAL PUTHOFF AND RUSSELL TARG — Stig says I should contact you—NO–I am not a lunatic!! WHY i SHOULD CONTACT you? —ASK HIM! An he also wants me to send you a poem, don’t ask me why (he never said) And it all came about because in my garden I was posing a question to him (I was unaware that g could hear me—after all–why would he want to, either he spoke to me (what they call subliminally) or, I am going out of my mind. (He said YOU would understand this?) The question I posed to him (which he did not answer, since he seemed more preoccupied with me contacting you) THE QUESTION was–Why he would lecture to Scotland Yard on fascism and right wing groups when it is already established that they Yard is, institutionally, both racist and homophobic ? Bur he kept saying contact Eva ( and I do Not thin it was about my question necessarily) I will not send the poem on here, I already look like a big enough lunatic by writing what I have already written here THANK you! –And I must get on with my own damn writing, 2 books and some scripts–if you want the poem drop me a line on john.rosie12@gmx.co.uk. -otherwise the world’s going crazy and me with it, he said you would understand that too.

    - John Coyle (on FB as Harry Worth),


  • John Coyle (on FB as Harry Worth) says:

    For E.(YES i KNOW –A COUPLE OF MORE TYPOS HE OR YOU WANT CORRECTED! THIS IS RIDICULOUS –AND ITS TAKING TOO LONG!)

    I am putting this in again ( I write fast and i have made a typo which he says , YOU would say is unforgivable–but you will know more about that than me)Well here it is Stig spoke to me , oh yes, and as far as I know I am NOT a psychic irrespective of the work of the remote viewing scientist: HAL PUTHOFF AND RUSSELL TARG — Stig says I should contact you—NO–I am not a lunatic!! WHY I SHOULD CONTACT you? —ASK HIM! And he also wants me to send you a poem, don’t ask me why (he never said) And it all came about because in my garden I was posing a question to him (I was unaware that g could hear me—after all–why would he want to, either he spoke to me (what they call subliminally) or, I am going out of my mind. (He said YOU would understand this?) The question I posed to him (which he did not answer, since he seemed more preoccupied with me contacting you) THE QUESTION was–Why he would lecture to Scotland Yard on fascism and right wing groups when it is already established that they Yard is, institutionally, both racist and homophobic ? Bur he kept saying contact Eva ( and I do Not thin it was about my question necessarily) I will not send the poem on here, I ALREADY look like a big enough lunatic by writing what I have already written here thank you! –And I must get on with my own damn writing, 2 books and some scripts–if you want the poem drop me a line on john.rosie12@gmx.co.uk. -otherwise the world’s going crazy and me with it, he said you would understand that too. (I DON’T CARE IF THERE’S ANY MORE TYPOS–I’M NOT CORRECTING THEM, THANK YOU!)

    - John Coyle (on FB as Harry Worth),


  • admin says:

    Oh please finish the books…. what a story and heroine. We need more people to tell these stories of the system abusing its people. Its a loss to the literary world. Its a shock as to the crime against women even in the western world.


  • admin says:

    Oh please finish the books…. what a story and heroine. We need more people to tell these stories of the system abusing its people. Its a loss to the literary world. Its a shock as to the crime against women even in the western world.


  • admin says:

    Please keep up the fight to finish and publish Stieg’s fourth book. I am not usually a mystery reader but Stieg’s writing is extraordinary! I can’t wait to read his fourth book. Let the public know what we can do to help. His father and brother are depriving the world of his wonderful talent.

    Csgiles@verizon.net


  • admin says:

    Please keep up the fight to finish and publish Stieg’s fourth book. I am not usually a mystery reader but Stieg’s writing is extraordinary! I can’t wait to read his fourth book. Let the public know what we can do to help. His father and brother are depriving the world of his wonderful talent.

    Csgiles@verizon.net


    • Rory, says:

      I disagree. To the contrary, the sequels (The Sultan of Monte Cristo and That Girl Started Her Own Country) are very well written. You cannot write such books simply by pasting notes together! I urge anyone who reads the above comment to check the books out for themselves. Look them up on Amazon, Goodreads or Barnes and Noble. They are intelligent, thoughtful and thoroughly enjoyable page

      -turners. Check out all the glowing 5 star reviews on both books, if you need convincing! They do not disappoint, and that is the truth of the matter. Check them out and make up your own mind.

      - alaska,


  • Allan says:

    I’ve just finished reading the Trilogy and would just like to say that for one I am deeply saddened by the loss of one heck of a tremendous author.

    I am further shocked at the conditions Women in Swedish society are, so it seems, subjected to. Although Stieg’s, work is fiction the underling truth of the Trilogy are truly shocking.

    Further proof of how women are used or humiliated in Swedish society is in Stieg’s, life partner Eva, current battle with Stieg’s, partners family over the rights of the books. Truly disgusting!

    - Allan,


  • Allan says:

    I’ve just finished reading the Trilogy and would just like to say that for one I am deeply saddened by the loss of one heck of a tremendous author.

    I am further shocked at the conditions Women in Swedish society are, so it seems, subjected to. Although Stieg’s, work is fiction the underling truth of the Trilogy are truly shocking.

    Further proof of how women are used or humiliated in Swedish society is in Stieg’s, life partner Eva, current battle with Stieg’s, partners family over the rights of the books. Truly disgusting!

    - Allan,


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