Book 4, will it ever be published?
This is a quote from the Swedish TV website, from an investigative show done about Stieg Larsson and how the book income has been divided after his death.
EN KNAPP MÅNAD före sin död skriver Stieg Larsson ett mejl till vännen John-Henri Holmberg. I mailet står att läsa:
“Kan också meddela att jag är 320 sidor in i Sallander fyra och hoppas vara klar i december. Enligt synposis ska den bli 440 sidor.
Erland Larsson Det skulle jag gissa att det borde betyda att den bara skulle bli 600 sidor eller så. Jag är klar med början och slutet och har bihandlingen i mitten kvar.”
Manuset till boken finns i Stieg Larssons dator, som Eva har hand om.
Page address: http://svt.se/svt/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=93893&a=1155057
A rough translation is that about a month before his death Stieg Larsson writes an email to his friend John-Henri Holmberg telling him that he has written 320 pages of book 4. He had planned it to be 440 pages long so he expects it to about 600 (not sure, but I think he is making a joke that his planning was inaccurate). Stieg states that he has written the beginning and the end and that what remains is the side events in the middle of the story.
So what does everyone think? Will it be published? Should it be published? If it is published, should it be finished by some other writer or published as it is?
My personal opinion is that I want it to be published and while it would be interesting to see the unfinished works it would probably be better to have someone else finishing the book. From what I’ve read it seems that Stieg did a lot of final re-writing in collaboration with his editors, polishing dialogue and other details, so if the story in itself is not ready from start to finish then probably there is a lot of stuff that needs polishing.
By the way, for the Canadian fans on here I can mention that according to this report on Swedish TV a lot of the fourth book takes place on Banks Island in northern Canada.
Posted by Micael (exiled Swede) in the Swedish speaking part of Finland , 16 February 2009