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Larsson's partner 'didn't just proofread' trilogy

David Landes · 26 Jan 2010, 12:26

Published: 26 Jan 2010 12:26 GMT+01:00

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The revelations come from an email interview between Gabrielsson and the Danish newspaper Politiken, just days after a former colleague of Larsson claimed that the author of the wildly popular “Millennium” crime trilogy “quite simply was not able to write”.

“I didn’t just proofread,” Gabrielsson wrote in her correspondence with Politiken.

“I have a hard time seeing what is solely Stieg and solely me in Millennium’s language, contents, and so on. It’s not about who wrote it down. Or edited.”

The details appear to contradict previous claims by Gabrielsson, who lived with Larsson for more than 30 years and has been involved in a bitter dispute with his heirs about the rights to the Millennium books, that she had very little to do with the writing of the books.

Last week, Larsson’s former colleague at the TT news agency, Anders Hellberg – now a journalist with the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper – wrote an article questioning whether or not Larsson could have actually written the Millennium books on his own.

Hellberg went on to suggest that Gabrielsson may have been heavily involved in the writing of the crime novels.

But Larsson’s former partner was quick to deny the claims, telling the Expressen newspaper that Hellberg’s theory was “nonsense”.

“I simply proofread and carried on conversations with Stieg. But I didn’t get involved in the actual crafting,” she told the Swedish tabloid.

But in her emails with the Danish publication, Gabrielsson writes that she also proposed changes not only in the writing of the Millennium books, but also their contents.

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When Politiken went on to ask directly whether or not her answers could be interpreted to mean that she and Larsson wrote the books together, however, Gabrielsson dodged the question.

“I can’t discuss that publicly,” she answered.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:59 January 26, 2010 by calebian22
Well, this is easy enough to prove. Where are the notes, the reworks, the evidence that she actually did this? Her word is not enough, considering she has now flipflopped. Sounds like a new angle to recontest the will settlement since a court decided against her.
13:59 January 26, 2010 by livinginsweden

irregardless of all the bs ....... she lived with him for over 30 years........ that is enough reason for her to get EVERYTHING!!!!
15:04 January 26, 2010 by Roaringwater

Absolutely right. She deserves the lot. Morally, if not legally. But the court has ruled and she won't get it. Let's soften the blow a tad by buying her book when it appears.
16:10 January 26, 2010 by calebian22

In theory I agree with you. 30 years is an eternity to see a man's dirty grundies in the hamper. However, Sambo relations are not the same as marriage under Swedish law.
16:10 January 26, 2010 by Beynch
From the reader's perspective all this is irrelevant. The books are top notch, regardless of who wrote them. You simply can't put them down.
18:07 January 26, 2010 by homestead
"But in her emails with the Danish publication, Gabrielsson writes that she also proposed changes not only in the writing of the Millennium books, but also their contents."

I'm sure their relationship was unique given that they spent 30 years together, but isn't this roughly what an editor or publisher does?

Still, I would be interesting to compare styles if Gabrielsson were to come out with a novel of her own.
03:31 January 28, 2010 by Davey-jo
I can't understand how two apparently intelligent people living together for so long could fail to make mutual wills.What were they waiting for? Anyhow, the fall out is as inevitable as in was avoidable. The law is an ass as someone once said and it will have it's way. Ms Gabrielsson is probably out in the cold as far any settlement goes despite a long and no doubt loving relationship, the law goes it no time.
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