June 21, 2011
Ms. Gabrielsson said she has not read the fourth novel, and was evasive about the whereabouts of the computer [containing it]. She has estimated that the manuscript consists of roughly 200 pages, based on how much Larsson had finished at the end of their vacation in 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.
A year ago, Ms. Gabrielsson was adamant that she didn’t want the fourth novel ever to be published. In her book she appears open to the possibility of finishing it herself. “I cannot tell exactly what part of ‘The Millennium Trilogy’ comes from Stieg and what comes from me,” she writes, adding: “Stieg and I shared a common language we often wrote together.”
But more recently she has seemed of two minds. “I’ve been wondering if it’s such a good thing to finish something like that,” she said on Monday. “Nobody needs any more money — that’s one thing. And it must be any author’s nightmare to know that characters you created might be used by ghostwriters. It’s a dilemma. I don’t think it’s right, but at the same time I really would like to see what happens to these people.” She paused. “How long are we going to kid ourselves? Stieg is dead. Maybe we just have to accept that — all the readers and me, too.”
(For the rest of the interview with Eva Gabrielsson, please see the New York Times website; you must be a subscriber.)