The late Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s father and brother are pushing back against claims by his common-law wife that she has been unfairly cut out of business decisions and income from the best-selling Millennium trilogy.
Larsson, who wrote “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and two other books in the series, died in 2004 without leaving a will and before the works were published to massive popular acclaim.
Eva Gabrielsson, who lived with Larsson for some 30 years before his death of a heart attack at the age of 50, writes in a book published last week that the author’s blood relatives are exploiting his creative legacy. Larsson’s brother Joakim and father Erland responded Wednesday in a point-by-point Web posting countering what they call “falsehoods and misleading statements” by Gabrielsson.
The Millennium trilogy has been adapted to the big screen in three well-received Swedish films, and English-language versions are under production featuring Hollywood stars Daniel Craig and Stellan Skarsgård.