Relatives of Stieg Larsson, the bestselling Swedish novelist whose posthumous international appeal has made him the toast of the publishing industry, are locked in a bitter dispute over an inheritance worth millions and a laptop computer.The article goes on to explain the extent of Gabrielsson’s stake in Larsson’s authorial success:
The legal battle between Larsson’s girlfriend and his father and brother could have been plucked from the pages of his three crime novels and is stirring just as much passion in Sweden, where at least one in three people has read them.
For months the nation’s attention has been focused on the plight of Eva Gabrielsson, a 54-year-old architectural historian. She lived with Larsson for 30 years until his death in 2004 but has inherited none of the estimated £10m he has earned since because they were not married.
“I think it’s a great injustice,” Gabrielsson said last week. “It would have been beyond Stieg’s worst nightmares to know that someone other than me was handling the rights to his books and to know that the money we planned to invest is gone.”
He met Gabrielsson at a rally against the Vietnam War in 1972. They moved in together two years later. For many years Gabrielsson supported Larsson, who earned little as a journalist. She said last week that Larsson’s legacy was being treated as though it were “a plot of farmland or a herd of sheep”.You can read the full Times article here.
Instead, the rights to his books were, she said, intellectual property that should not be “left to people who never took part in their development”.
A statement from the Larssons claimed that Gabrielsson was “blocked in her anger” and accused her of ignoring invitations to take part in important decisions concerning the Larsson oeuvre.
“We are inundated with requests for permission to make plays and cartoon strips out of Millennium,” they said. “Quentin Tarantino and Brad Pitt would like to buy the rights for a remake of the film. We want her opinion.”
Larsson’s name and accomplishments were mentioned frequently during CrimeFest in Bristol this last weekend, as the English translator of his novels, “Reg Keeland” (aka Steven T. Murray) was a guest at that convention. In addition, the audio version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (read by Martin Wenner) was joint winner of the Best Abridged Crime Audiobook.
A Web site has been set-up to support Eva Gabrielsson.
READ MORE: “The Woman Who Inherits Nothing,” by Sarah Weinman (Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind).