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.

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A fact complicating the matter is that Eva has the laptop with the partly finished script for the fourth 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.

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778 thoughts on “The legacy”
  1. 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 fourth 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.

    garret,

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  2. 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 fourth 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.

    garret,

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  3. 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 fourth 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.

    garrett,

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  4. ive read alot of books but these three are awesome, im up to ‘the girl that kicked the hornets neat’ and cant wait to get started. good luck to you eva

  5. I have just read the girl with the dragon tattoo and the girl who kicked the hornets nest from the liabrary and they were rivetting, just waiting for the gil who played with fire from the library, I saw the girl with the dragon tattoo and I had to watch it until it was finished last night, It was a thrilling experiece.

    Caroline Allin,

    1. My point was/is that obviously in Sweden ‘kisses’ in an e

      -mail equals as much as 32 years of a shared life !!!! I think NOT…..

      – Barbara Sexton, London,

  6. This is so wrong and lives up to the message of abuse to women in Sweden in so many ways. Swedish laws seriously need an overhaul they are primitive at best.

    GO EVA!

    L McRorie,

  7. The father and brother should give all of the literary rights and let Eva Gabrielleson manage all of Stieg’s literary business, since the father and brother never wanted anything to do with Stieg or Eva before Stieg’s death. All Stieg’s father and brother care about anyway is causing trouble for Eva and anyone else and they only care about the money of the late Stieg Larsson. The way I see it, since Eva and Stieg both wrote the books together, the copyright belongs to Stieg and Eva both and not the father and brother. They have no rights to the literary works of Stieg and Eva.

    Mr. Get With Reality!,

  8. i think he was bumped off.i bet he didnt have a history of heart problems!

    you ndont need it,

  9. I have read hundreds of fiction books. The Millenium series are the best books I have ever read. Please get the 4th book printed. To hide this book is like Knocking down Stone Henge to make a car park!

    G. Fox,

  10. the greatgreed virus is in us all and it blooms when it comes to money and death usually brings it out when the money the table.the greed is a very infectious illness and steig,s father and brother are a prime example.

    dermot donegan snr,

  11. Can someone please explain why so gifted a person could/would not leave a proper will in order to keep his loved one from this years- long pain?

  12. After all these years, has no one in this world learned anything about love? Who a person spends their life with is their family, especially in death. No wonder Mr. Larsson didn’t have his father and brother in his life. Too bad he didn’t realize how they would act and protect his woman accordingly. If all she wants is the rights to the books that she was part of creating, they should give it to her in his memory. Their actions show what kind of character they have. It is a real shame and she should know that their fans are behind her. They are probably the inspiration for some of his awful, terrible characters in his books. The world knows your right.

    Kahty Johnson, Tennesee,

  13. I just watched the first movie and have now classed this as probably amongst the top two movies I have ever seen (Silence of the Lambs the other). I decided I now ant to buy all movies and books and decided to go on ebay.

    Please check this item out. I believe it is a direct copy but with obvious changes of the first book.

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Dragon-Girl-Tattoo-Adam-Roberts-NEW-/270689922220?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&hash=item3f06606cac

    Please let me know if you are aware of this and if so what any outcome was etc

    I hope that common sense prevails and Eva has some justice as well.

    Regards,

    Shane (Australia)

    pythons13[@]bigpond.com.au

    Shane,

  14. I really hope the Larsson family comes to their senses and gives the rights to Eva….

    Trina,

  15. Can not believe that 32 years with someone, counts for nothing. Why don’t they take a book each and split the 4th one 3 ways?

    Am going through similar problems with my father’s estate. If this is a lesson to anyone, it’s that you are never too young or too old to write a will!

    Lilladyvinyl,

  16. I am amazed that Larsson’s father and brother have been allowed to “take over” as they have done. His partner of 32 years, who was part of the writing process, should be the one who inherits. It is positively pre-historic that the rights of a life partner can be disregarded in this way.

    There is little doubt in my mind that the only thing that the father and brother are concerned about is the money. If the books had not been best sellers, they would not have bothered to lay any claim on them. The Swedish legal system needs to drag itself into the 21st Century and do the right thing.

    Dorothy Wodrich,

  17. How can two fairly sane grown-ups not know, or care to find out, what the law says? Nobody is immortal. If you neglect to write a will, then your relatives will suffer the consequences.

    D.N.,

    1. I don’t see how you can claim that Sweden has done more for women’s rights than any country in the world, if they don’t even accept common law marriage… and for 32 years. How appalling.

      – M. Duryea, Atlanta, GA,

    2. And men are greedy! They look at women like cows. It is a society like Belgium one where women are second class; so the law will not make her any good by being a women.

      – L Barcenas, 12 November 2011

  18. I thought in this day and age, whatever country you lived in, the long time partner was the benificiary after death, whether or not there was a will. Saying that, after reading the trilogy Sweden does seem to have some very strange laws.

    diane, England,

    1. I totally agree, it’s a great shame that Steig and his partner, Eva didn’t legalize their union. It’s just a quick piece of paper! As smart as these two professionals were why didn’t they at least write out wills? How stupid! As busy as he was it doesn’t sound like he had much time for her. However, I do feel sorry for Eva. I think perhaps the Swedish legal system does protect women in regards to inheritance. A marriage certificate is proof of the union. A woman can inherit. All these other comments of people whining about why Eva doesn’t get the royalties and rights from her lover’s books is just silly. They were smart people that neglected to do something smart and easy. This teaches everyone a lesson. After all how do we really know that Eva and Steig were together for 32 years. Do we just rely on what their friends say. How do we know if they were faithful to each other. Perhaps they had lots of other lovers, like some of the characters in Steig’s books. Well, I do hope Eva continues to fight for her claim, though not legal, but perhaps moral. I would support her if I knew she was the true partner of Steig.

      – Jasmin,

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