Stieg Larsson's Girlfriend Is Out for Revenge

Eva Gabrielsson's memoir goes after his brother, father
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2011 6:45 PM CST
Updated Feb 19, 2011 6:50 PM CST
Stieg Larsson's Girlfriend Is Out for Revenge
In this photo taken Jan. 20, 2011, Joakim Larsson, brother of writer Stieg Larsson, is seen on Swedish TV.   (AP Photo/Scanpix Sweden/Claudio Bresciani)

The lifelong girlfriend of late Swedish author Stieg Larsson—The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, et al—is staking her claim to the books' legacy in a new memoir, writes Sasha Watson in Slate. "It was from our lives and our 32 years side by side that the books were formed," writes Eva Gabrielsson. "They're the fruit of Stieg's experience, but also of mine." (Watson read the French version of the memoir and provided translation; the English version is due in June.) In true Lisbeth-Salander-like fashion, Gabrielsson is out to exact revenge on Larsson's brother and father, who she says are exploiting the series to make a buck.

Gabrielsson is suing for creative control of the trilogy and of the unfinished fourth novel in a laptop she possesses. (Working title: God's Vengeance.) Concludes Watson: "If she ever triumphs and gets the legal authority she is seeking, who knows: Gabrielsson just may rise like an avenging angel from the ashes of Larsson's death and pay back our loyalty with the ultimate reward: More Salander, more Millennium, more Stieg Larsson novels." Read the full summary of the memoir here. (More Stieg Larsson stories.)

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