Swedish cult author's family seeks to end inheritance row

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Stieg Larsson’s ‘Millennium’ trilogy has become a phenomenon in Sweden and abroad, and has been translated into more than 30 languages and made into a movie.

Stockholm -- The family of Stieg Larsson, the Swedish crime author who died before his Millennium trilogy became a cult hit worldwide, has offered Larsson's partner a settlement to end a dispute over his inheritance, a newspaper reported Monday.

Larsson's father Erland and brother Joakim have offered his live-in companion of 32 years, Eva Gabrielsson, 20 million kronor (1.92 million euros, 2.82 million dollars), Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet said.

The Millennium trilogy has become a phenomenon in Sweden and abroad, translated into more than 30 languages and made into a movie. Its popularity is a striking contrast to their author's tragic fate.

Larsson, who worked as a journalist in Stockholm before writing the trilogy, did not live to enjoy the sensational success; he died in November 2004 of a heart attack, aged 50, a year before the first book of the series was published.

Since Larsson and Gabrielsson were unmarried, childless and he died without leaving a will, his book rights and inheritance -- which swelled with the wild success of his books -- went to his father and brother under Swedish law.

Erland and Joakim Larsson were to contact Gabrielsson's lawyer on Monday with their offer.

"We have wanted all along to reach an agreement with her. But she has refused to talk to us all these years," Erland Larsson told the paper.

"She was a part of Stieg's life. She should live comfortably. We can give her 20 million kronor ... No strings attached. But she has to call and accept the offer," Joakim Larsson added.

The total amount of the inheritance is not known.

In the years since Stieg Larsson's death, the two sides have argued publicly over the inheritance, with Gabrielsson arguing that Larsson's family should have renounced their rights since "Erland and Joakim were never a part of our lives.”

Larsson's books depict a dark and violent Sweden brimming with state and family secrets, and follow the lives of Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative reporter, and Lisbeth Salander, a feisty rebel hacker-turned-detective.

The trilogy has sold more than 20 million copies in Europe alone.


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