Stieg Larsson's partner reportedly plans to finish fourth 'Millenium' novel

Stieg Larsson’s partner, Eva Gabrielsson, plans to finish the fourth novel in Larsson’s Millennium saga, according to The Guardian.  Before his death in 2004, Larsson reportedly wrote 200 pages of a fourth installment in his best-selling mystery series, which began with the posthumously published The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Although Larsson’s literary estate currently belongs to the author’s father and brother, Gabrielsson has always maintained that she should be its executor even though she and Larsson never officially married. According to The Guardian, Gabrielsson won’t complete the fourth novel until she has secured the rights to Larsson’s work, although she already knows that the book’s plotline will center around the series’ star Lisbeth Salander as she “little by little frees herself from her ghosts and her enemies.” Gabrielsson did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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  • Chichi

    Yeah, this will end well.

  • Bette

    Is that legal ?

    • Bette

      And didn’t someone try that with Gone With The Wind.

      • Jackie

        Margaret Mitchell, the author of “Gone with the Wind”, did not want to write a sequel, but her estate granted permission for a sequel to be written by someone else. The book “Scarlett” was published in 1991, I believe. Can anyone explain why this is called the “Millennium” saga?

      • Dave

        “Scarlett” was an official sequel. There was a rights battle over a social satire of GWTW called “The Wind Done Gone”.

      • Jay

        It’s called the Millenium Saga cause the other protagonist Michael Blomquist (Im’s sure I spelled that wrong) is a journalist for an investigative magazine called Millenium.

    • Neniita

      What time does your store close and Dec. 24. Can’t seem to find that info on your wsitbee. Thanks.

  • Allie

    Riiiigh, because she will definitely get the rights to his work. If Larsson didn’t bother putting her in the will or marrying her, it’s not hers and I’m not sure the bro & dad will share based on how she’s been acting.

    • Jay

      He didn’t have a will cause he was 50 years old, and apparently not planning to die soon. Lots of folks that age don’t have wills. He didn’t marry her cause in real life he uncovered some pretty good scandals in Sweden, and his life was threatened. In Sweden, when you get married, your address becomes public, for some strange reason. He wanted to protect her. Wow – I’m really getting my Stieg Larsson on today!

      • Allie

        His life was threatened and he thought it was important enough to protect his girlfriend by not marrying her but it wasn’t important enough to make a will? How does that logic work…

      • Lily

        Thank you, Jay!! Right on with your facts. I can’t WAIT for this 4th book. I believe Stieg’s partner helped him with the first 3. She deserves 1/2 his estate. Meanwhile, she owns the 4th book because it was on Stieg’s laptop which is in her possession and possession is nine tenth’s of the law, in Sweden as well, apparently. Any further story on Lisbeth will be fascinating to read!

      • James

        Jay’s correct. Larsson didn’t marry his partner (who had been, as I understand it, with him for several years) out of a concern for her safety. People in Scandinavian countries also tend to have, in my experiences, somewhat looser ideas about marriage and its value (in other words, they don’t think you need to “make it official” to prove your love for someone).
        However the legal battle ends, Allie’s argument that if she was that important, he would have married her, is absolutely ridiculous and shows a complete lack of familiarity with the author’s personal and cultural background

    • orville

      Well, I’m sure they’ll let it get published since it will make *a lot* of money for everyone involved. And the publisher won’t let it be too far off the mark of the other books.

  • Dave

    As long as one has the rights or is granted the license, yes, it’s legal. Robert Parker completed Raymond Chandler’s “Poodle Springs” with the blessing of the estate, then did a sequel to “The Big Sleep” called “Perchance to Dream”. This actually happens more often than people realize.

  • John Berggren

    Per Wikipedia
    His long term lover Eva Gabrielsson,[12] who found the will, has no legal right to the inheritance, sparking controversy between her and his father and brother. Reportedly, the two never married because, under Swedish law, couples entering into marriage are required to make their addresses (at the time) publicly available; marrying would have been a security risk.[13] Owing to his reporting on extremist groups and the death threats he had received, the couple had sought and been granted masking of their addresses, personal data and identity numbers from public records, to make it harder for others to trace them; this kind of “identity cover” was integral to his work as a journalist and would have been difficult to bypass if the two had married or become registered partners

    I can certainly understand why they never married. I don’t think we should be casting aspersions on her if we aren’t intimately involved in the specifics.

    • Berangere

      When are we letting down Wikipedia as a valid source of information !!! It has no value at all…. Besides, it’s full of wrong information they don’t bother to correct !

  • Bette

    If they had a common law relationship, that should count for something, don’t you think. Otherwise a lot of people cohabiting better review or get a will, pronto.

    • Bette

      Especially if one is estranged from family. What a mess.

    • Jason C.

      Bette: You’re an American aren’t you? The laws that apply in America are not the same all over the world.

      • Bette

        No…I am just a Canadian gal from the Nickel Belt. LOL !
        There must be a loophole though, don’t ya think ?

  • Buffy

    The best example of this is the V. C. Andrews series. She died in 1986 and only actually wrote the first few books credited to her. Her estate hired a ghost writer that has continued to publish books under her name for years.

  • a

    I want to know whether Lisbeth will remember her solution to Fermat’s Last Theorem, how it occurred to her, and what the significance is to the story.

  • junior

    As any fan knows the reason he didn’t marry her was to protect her from violent right wing extrememists. The magazine he edited was very critical of extrememism and he wanted to keep her safe.

    • Allie

      Again, if he was in such danger, why the hell didn’t he put her in his will at least? That’s the weirdest thing. Larsson did so much to protect her from these groups who were after him and wanted to hurt or kill him, but he never thought about the fact that they might succeed and therefore never took the proper steps to protect his common-law partner in the event of his death by providing for her in his will.

  • Bette

    Larsson should have moved to Canada.

    • Cathy

      He was with her for 30 years; no matter what his father and brother think, that should count for something, especially since they weren’t close to him. I feel bad for her; she lost the love of her life, and what they shared couldn’t even be really acknowledged in a formal manner.

  • Alisha

    Margret Mitchell began writing Scarlett the sequel before she died, her estate chose someone to finish the book, and if you read it, its very clear what parts were written by her and what parts were written by the ghost writer who completeted it

  • Ixarix

    I’m rooting for Eva Gabrielsson. Because of Sweden’s outdated legal system, she got shut-out of his estate even though they’d been together for 32 years. The way she’s been treated is shameful.

  • Jen

    I really enjoyed all of the books but I don’t think another title is necessary. I thought the 3rd wrapped things up well enough.

  • Rose

    Regardless of heart felt opinions, only the Larsson’s have the legal right to allow publication. It’s a matter of Mssrs. Larsson and Ms. Gabrielsson seeing that their rancor is intensly counter-productive. If they can’t build bridges between themselves and work *together* there will be no 4th book.

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