The Girl Who Cast a Viking Spell

Eva Gabrielsson, the woman who lived for 32 years with Swedish author Stieg Larsson, is in the United States on a promotional tour for the English translation of her memoir, ‘There Are Things I Want You to Know’ About Stieg Larsson and Me. Larsson, a journalist, was the author of the enormously popular Millennium trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

When Larsson died unexpectedly in November 2004, his estate went to his father and brother because Sweden does not recognize common-law marriage. Since then Gabrielson and the Larssons have waged war over control of his estate, which is now worth millions of dollars.

Ms. Gabrielsson says she is not interested in the money; what she wants is artistic control over Larsson’s literary rights.

Gabrielsson still possesses Stieg Larsson’s laptop, which reportedly contains the manuscript (or at least a partial manuscript) of a fourth novel:

Ms. Gabrielsson said she had not read the unfinished fourth novel, and was evasive about the whereabouts of the computer. She has estimated that the manuscript consists of roughly 200 pages, based on how much Larsson had finished by August 2004, and from their conversations she knows what it’s about. But all she would say is that it’s set in Canada, and that once again it features Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist.

“Oh yes, they’re still there,” she said, laughing.


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