Men who hate women. That’s the ‘real’ title of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and last night I found people that fit the description quite well. Swedish television had a documentary on, about Stieg Larsson and his money and the feud over who inherits.
On the one hand are Stieg’s father and brother, and on the other his partner Eva, who he was with for over thirty years. When asked, the Larsson gentlemen didn’t seem to know when they had last seen their beloved Stieg. The year he died, or maybe the year before. Hard to say. Oh yes, his parents had farmed Stieg out to live with his grandparents for nine years when he was a small boy. So between sending him away and having him back and him leaving home as an adult, there was precious little time for them to get to know him.
But clearly they know him better, and love him better than the woman Stieg lived with. They didn’t think much of Eva. Painted her as mentally unstable, because there are standards to live up to, even when you’ve been bereaved. They both knew this, having lost wives themselves. Larsson junior even suggested that Larsson senior should marry his brother’s partner, to keep ‘things’ in the family. Well that sounds sane.
Eva and Stieg didn’t marry because he was the target of Nazis, and it was easier for him to remain alive and safe by Eva being the owner of the small flat they lived in. And as long as they weren’t married he couldn’t be traced this way. Funny then that the Larsson gents inherited half the flat and offered to turn Eva out of her home unless she handed over the laptop with book four in the Millennium series on.
That laptop, which by now is over five years old, was also avidly sought by Stieg’s former colleague on the magazine he wrote for. They felt they could do with another computer. This despite the Larssons giving them one million kronor of Stieg’s money. That’s one million out of an estimated eighty million.
At this point the television people, who had until then seemed very much on Eva’s side, demanded to see the laptop. She just looked at them and refused.
The brother and the father struck me as anything but literate. But they feel they are the best placed people to look after Stieg’s writing. The spineless publisher agrees.
It almost makes you think that boycotting the books would be the best thing. How could such an intelligent and caring man come from a family like that?