Eva Gabrielsson with the book she wrote about her life with Stieg Larsson
stieg larsson's legacy

Millennium author’s relatives reject claims

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.

The Larssons say that income from the books and films will be donated to charities supporting anti-racist activities, women’s shelters and protection for threatened journalists:

“No single person can have a monopoly on the picture of Stieg Larsson and his life.”

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