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Stieg Larsson brother publishes 'last letter'

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 27 Jan 2011, 14:29

Published: 27 Jan 2011 14:29 GMT+01:00

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Larsson on Wednesday hit back at allegations in a new book by Eva Gabrielsson, Stieg Larsson's partner of over 30 years, that they were not close. He also disputed a raft of other points contained in her memoir "Millennium, Stieg and I" (Millennium, Stieg och jag) published in mid-January in Sweden, Norway and France.

"Eva came out with her book and it has a bunch of stuff which just isn’t true. This is my way to give my version of things...This isn’t an attack on Eva, this is a defence," Joakim Larsson told The Local on Thursday.

The Swedish Expressen daily on Thursday published the email, sent by Stieg Larsson to his brother on October 20th 2004, 20 days before his untimely death at the age of 50-years-old.

"This shows that Stieg had nothing against me. It is sent 20 days before he died. I think it speaks for itself," Larsson told the newspaper.

"Expressen said they wanted the letter so I said, here you go. I’ve got nothing to be afraid of. It doesn’t really make a difference to me," he told The Local.

In the email, Stieg Larsson jokes about the early success in selling the rights to his novel and plans to spend his anticipated riches, together with Gabrielsson, on a summer house and a new apartment.

He furthermore promised to send Joakim a signed copy of the book, and invited his brother to visit him in Stockholm as it was unlikely that his busy schedule would allow a visit to his family in Umeå.

Larsson furthermore indicated that a fourth novel, the text of which is thought to be in Gabrielsson's possession and which has not been published to date, was almost completed.

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Joakim Larsson said that Thursday's publication of the email is the final salvo from the family in its very public war of words with Eva Gabrielsson.

"I don’t want to keep up with all this bickering. It takes too much energy. I’m more concerned with administering Stieg’s inheritance," he told The Local.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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17:36 January 27, 2011 by GLO
He should have peblished the letter long ago. Proff of relationship is a fact. The legal rights of family is law. So, get on with life...
17:37 January 27, 2011 by Zala Russe
Families do grow apart, separated by education, trade/ profession, geographic distance etc. This is not the same as an emotional distance created by feuding and antagonism in relationships, no flavour of which appears in the e-mail. It helps to provide a more rounded view of the relative standing between Eva, Stieg and the rest of his family as explored in 'THE MAN WHO LEFT TOO SOON, The Biography of Stieg Larsson' by Barry Forshaw and reviewed by me on here: http://www.thelocal.se/blogs/zalarusse/?p=120
20:19 January 27, 2011 by Judge Waurynchuk
Well, Stieg's letter make his intentions clear that because of the income from the Millenium Trilogy, Stieg and Eva planned to buy a new apartment and a summer house and Stieg even stated he would send a signed copy of the Millenium Trilogy to Umea ( obviously meaning Joakim if in fact the envelope was addressed to him). Now I ask Erland and Joakim, doesn't this tell you that the royalties and revenue from the books was going to Stieg and Eva and not to you two? Where is your self respect, integrity and decency? You are obliged to share the literary legacy with Eva. Do it and you won't have to defend yourselves any longer.
23:34 January 27, 2011 by BobWas
Here's what I don't understand:

Stieg would have to sign many legal contracts to have his books published in different countries around the world.

Normally, when any kind of legal contract is involved, a person hires his/her own lawyer to read over the small print before signing.

Did Stieg have such a lawyer? Didn't this lawyer advise him to sign a will, in view of the large amounts of money the books were expected to earn?
10:25 January 28, 2011 by chapora
The fact that neither Stieg nor his partner felt that it was important to make a legal and firm commitment between each other dispite the many years "together" has been lost on a lot of people. Just because so many people refuse to make real commitments to each other in Sweden is not grounds for giving them the legal benefits of marriage. It seems that a great many people are under the false impression that they have a right to what they have not earnt or for the sake of this argument, commited themselves to.

As the 4th manuscript has "gone missing" it potentially indicates that Stieg's girlfriend has scant regard for legal ownership and is hoping that in some way the whole of Swedish society will bend to her desires and make special legal consessions so that she can become even wealthier than she is. Only once having law changed in her favor will she miraculously discover the manuscript under the carpet where it had been conveniently waiting all this time.

It's a shame for her that she never was able together with Stieg to be grown up and make a firm commitment and it is a greater shame that her boyfriend was, dispite his vision as a writer, unable to forsee the need to provide care and protection his girlfriend in the event of his early death.
15:05 January 28, 2011 by justagurlfromSeattle
I agree with Judge 100%.... this brother and father of his are just greedy..... it is so OBVIOUS that he treated Eva as his wife..... and that they were happily together and had NO intentions of parting..... so in my opinion as is the case with MOST REASONABLE people..... she should have inherited his entire estate...

This BROTHER of his is just a shameless greedy jerk.... Hand the money over to Eva... it is RIGHTFULLY hers...... and the family KNOWS IT!!!!

if my family did this to my partner after I died.... I would be sick knowing what a HORRIBLE family I had.....
20:06 January 28, 2011 by Judge Waurynchuk
I just want to add another comment to my previous one. The letter from Stieg to Joachim seems normal between brothers and it clearly sets out what Stieg and Eva intended to do with the money coming from the sale of the Millennium Trilogy. It indicates also that the two brothers were not able to get together often. All very normal. But I never wrote to my brother, nor did I ever see it elsewhere that I greeted the name of the city where my brother lived rather than my brother. The comment I really wanted to make is that Stieg and Eva had plans to buy things with the book sales that they had talked about for a long time. It was about to go good for them and would have but for his untimely death. Eva has been fighting to keep on with their plans and she would have truly represented the values she and Stieg had in managing the Literary Legacy but for the blood inheritance laws in Sweden that are outdated and unreflective of Swedish society. Change the Inheritance Laws in Sweden. Here in Canada, after two years of common law living both parties are considered under all the law to be "spouses" and that applies to maintenance and inheritance. It reflects society in the 21st. Century.
23:04 January 28, 2011 by BobWas
Judge, all they had to do was register their relationship. They chose not to do that. That decision had consequences, but it was their decision to make -- sometimes you can't protect people from being stupid.

The system in Sweden sounds fine to me. It puts the power -- and the right to exercise or not exercise that power -- in the hands of the individuals.
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