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Millennium Series Continued?

51cUjngim7L._SL160_Eva Gabrielsson, author Stieg Larsson’s long time partner, is confident that she can complete the fourth installment of the Millennium series. “I am able to finish it … Steig and I often wrote together,” she tells AFP. Though she qualified this statement by explaining the Larsson family must first grant her the intellectual rights to the series before she will begin work. Larsson had written more than 200 pages of the fourth book before his heart attack in 2004, and Gabrielsson is in possession of this manuscript, though all rights to the series are currently owned by his father and brother. She refused to reveal any plot details of the book, except to admit that “Lisbeth little by little frees herself from her ghosts and her enemies.”

Millions of fans are thrilled at the prospect of a new Millennium book, and are anxious to set their eyes on Larsson’s last words about Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. Though if this new installment is written and fails to meet audience expectations, it could become a disappointing chapter in an already checkered legacy. Would it be better to leave well enough alone and let the first three books stand on their own?

The strident battle over Larsson’s estate between Gabrielsson and the author’s father and brother has long played out in the press.  Larsson died without a will, and since he was not married to his lover, his estate defaulted to his blood relatives. This week, Gabrielsson, an architect, gets to tell her side of the story with the European release of her memoir Millennium, Stieg and Me. In the 160 page book, she details her life with Larsson, his fight against the Nazi movement in Sweden and the real threats they faced from right-wing groups. Gabrielsson also shows her contempt for how Larsson’s legacy is currently being handled. “…[T]he Stieg Larsson industry and brand… I don’t want to see coffee mugs and other Millennium merchandise; I want to see the ‘real’ Stieg respected.”

AP reports that late last week, Larsson’s brother, Joakim, appeared on a Swedish talk show to dispute Gabrielsson’s accusations. He spoke about plans to donate a large part of the estate’s profits to causes and charities that Stieg Larsson valued, such as Expo magazine, the anti-racist publication that the author worked for. “There are no T-shirts or coffee mugs,” Joakim argues. “We’ve paid our lawyers to stop that.”

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  1. Birger Stenemo
    January 27th, 2011 at 07:07 | #1

    Read Joacim Larssons reply to Eva Gabrielsson at http://moggliden.com/en/
    and her accusations against the Larsson family in her book “Millennium, Stieg and Me”.

    The fact is: there’s no battle over any heritage. Eva Gabrielsson has nothing to claim. The Swedish law is 100% clear in this matter.

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