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USA Today on “There Are Things I Want You to Know”

USA Today on “There Are Things I Want You to Know”

May 11, 2011

From USA Today:

We may never see another novel about Lisbeth Salander, aka The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. But books about the hacker-heroine’s creator, the late Stieg Larsson, are still hurtling through the publishing pipeline.

. . . On June 21, “There Are Things I Want You to Know” About Stieg Larsson and Me (Seven Stories Press, $23.95), a memoir by Larsson’s longtime love Eva Gabrielsson, arrives in the USA. Gabrielsson and members of the Larsson family have been battling over his literary legacy. Larsson died without a will in 2004 at age 50.

Media outlets overseas have covered the book’s contents; it has been published in France, Norway and Sweden.

Gabrielsson confirms that Larsson wrote about 200 pages of a fourth book in the Millennium Trilogy and that she still hopes to gain the legal rights to complete it.

Other revelations:

•The title of the fourth book was to be God’s Vengeance.

•Of her part in writing the Millennium Trilogy, which began with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: “I can simply say that we often wrote together,” and the books are “the fruit of Stieg’s experience, but also of mine.”

Burstein, co-author of The Tattooed Girl, tells USA TODAY there is no doubt Gabrielsson played at least a limited role in Larsson’s books.

“How much of plotting, character and story — that’s not clear, but certainly she did read drafts, gave him her feedback, and I’m sure he changed many things because she told him ‘That’s not the way a woman would talk,’” Burstein says.

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