“Her story is about the life she shared with Stieg Larsson,” according to the Swedish Embassy, which is hosting the Washington, D.C., event, “the man everyone wants to know more about, and about whom so little is known.”
But the woman we know even less about also plans to use the trip, according to friends, to discuss issues that matter to her.
Since Larsson’s death in 2004, at age 50, Gabrielsson has been involved in a highly public, name-calling dispute with the author’s father and brother, who, under Swedish law, inherited essentially everything from Larsson, including the rights to all three of his books – “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” The Girl Who Played with Fire,” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” – and the many millions of dollars they continue to generate.
There have also been questions about who controls the unfinished manuscript – said to be a fourth book in the "Millennium" series – that Larsson left behind on a laptop computer.
Gabrielsson and Larsson never married, even though they lived together for 30 years, and while he had a will (which, incidentally, would have given his estate to the local branch of the Communist Workers League in Umea, Sweden), it was not witnessed and therefore not valid. His father and brother reportedly offered to settle the dispute with Gabrielsson for 20 million Swedish kronor, or roughly $3.3 million. But she declined.
“This is a proud woman,” her friend, Jan M. Moberg, a Norwegian IT executive, said in a telephone interview with the Monitor. “She will not be bought.”
Mr. Moberg said that he first learned of Gabrielsson’s case – and of the intricacies of Sweden’s law concerning common-law relationships – in the spring of 2009 when he saw an hour-long Swedish television documentary, “The Millennium Millions,” which detailed her case. “It just got to me,” he said. “I wanted to do something to help.”