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.

By Editor

778 thoughts on “The legacy”
  1. If the father and the brother have any respect and love for Stieg, they should allow Eva to take charge.

    Pranjal, New Delhi,

    1. I think you will find that in the UK (as in most countries), you need to make a will to ensure that partners inherit it that is what you wish to happen. It always pays to make a will.

      – Mary, Cornwall,

  2. Stiegs Father and Brother should bow their heads in shame and allow the love and deep caring Eva provided by giving her all rights to publish and finish this talented mans books. He was a genius and wished I had known them both, forget all the coffee his characters drank, I want to toast them with a bottle of wine. Call me anytime Eva, my book club would love you to visit. 312-446-4406 Wendy Cobrin Chicago, Illinois USA

    1. I think this comment summarizes my feelings very well. If WStieg’s family have any respect for him ( and they should be very grateful to him for all the money he has made them ) they should do their best to make peace with Eva. Granted, 2 million pounds sounds like a start. But both sides should come together and put aside their differences.And if they can’t, then Eva, write that last book and control that one. You deserve something for being with him all that time.

      – Mike R., Columbus Ohio,

  3. Hold out Eva – I am amazed that in what I thought was a liberated country, Sweden is still operating such antiquated inheritance laws. If the brilliantly talented author spent his life with you, I am sure he intended you to have the major portion of his estate.

    Penny Waterfall,

  4. Such stupidity and small thinking! The brother and father need to realize that all interests are best served – theirs, Eva’s and most importantly the worldwide fan base of the books – by all parties coming together. Empirically speaking, more money is to be made by both sides if they get past their perceived differences.

    Ray Norberto/NYC,

  5. What the hell is going on with Swedish law? Are they still in the 17th century? My girlfriend is Swedish and I have always thought the country to be fairly progressive but their stance on common-law partnerships (Steig and Eva were together most of their adult lives) blows this opinion out of the water! Shame on Sweden and shame on the greedy, grasping Larssons….

    Rev Ben, Spain,

    1. Stieg’s email to his brother 20 days before he died showed that he was on good terms with his family.And in the email, he takes sole credit for writing the books and talks about all the money he is going to make.The reality is that whatever is on the laptop about the fourth book does not belong to Eva. But Eva sounds so angry that you should worry that she’ll destroy it out of spite.

      – Bob,

  6. What the hell is going on with Swedish law? Are they still in the 17th century? My girlfriend is Swedish and I have always thought the country to be fairly progressive but their stance on common-law partnerships (Steig and Eva were together most of their adult lives) blows this opinion out of the water! Shame on Sweden and shame on the greedy, grasping Larssons….

    Rev Ben, Spain,

    1. I agree with Mike. It is easy to judge without having the necessary factual knowledge. I hope that it all will work out in a righteous way and that the fourth volume will be soon on the shelves.

      – Henk Jansen,

  7. Swedish Law needs serious amendment if a partner of 32 years is not recognized – how absurd.

    I agree with Eva, it is certainly not right. It surprises me that an otherwise enlightened country could be so conservative with unmarried partnerships.

    Paul, Australia,

  8. Swedish Law needs serious amendment if a partner of 32 years is not recognized – how absurd.

    I agree with Eva, it is certainly not right. It surprises me that an otherwise enlightened country could be so conservative with unmarried partnerships.

    Paul, Australia,

  9. I really hope they sort out their differences so the fourth book can be finished and published!

    Catherine D, Vancouver, Canada,

  10. I really hope they sort out their differences so the fourth book can be finished and published!

    Catherine D, Vancouver, Canada,

  11. Go Eva – good to see someone with principles. For all you posters out there – it seemed patently obvious that Sweden pays a lot of lip service to equal rights but in reality it’s still all about men. There were quite a few statistics quoted in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo not to mention the whole story line revolves around injustices for women.

    Mozzi,

  12. Go Eva – good to see someone with principles. For all you posters out there – it seemed patently obvious that Sweden pays a lot of lip service to equal rights but in reality it’s still all about men. There were quite a few statistics quoted in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo not to mention the whole story line revolves around injustices for women.

    Mozzi,

  13. Where is Common Law in Sweden? My goodness! After so many years, Eva is clearly entitled to the fruits of their shared lives.

    Karey,

    1. I fully agree with Rev Ben – shame on the Larssons get your greeedy hands off what is rightly Eva’sDick , Ireland

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  14. Where is Common Law in Sweden? My goodness! After so many years, Eva is clearly entitled to the fruits of their shared lives.

    Karey,

    1. I fully agree with Rev Ben – shame on the Larssons get your greeedy hands off what is rightly Eva’sDick , Ireland

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