The other night we had the pleasure of listening to a relaxed, thoughtful, and charming Eva Gabrielsson in conversation with Gloria Steinem at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Unsurprisingly, feminism was a major theme of the evening, both as it related to the way Gabrielsson and women generally continue to be ill-served by the legal system in Sweden (and in New York), and as it pertained to Stieg Larsson, who called himself a “feminist” from his teenage years when Gabrielsson first met him. She talked about the sources of her life partner’s feminism and referenced his high degree of empathy for other people he evinced from early childhood, the respect between men and women in the hardscrabble farming life of cold, northern Swedish communities, and his earliest playmate as a young child who was a girl–and the only child nearby.
Gabrielsson stressed that Larsson’s feminism was why he had been adamant about retaining the original title of all three books — The Men Who Hate Women I, II, and III — so as to emphasize their serious purpose.
She also participated in an extended Q & A, highlights of which we will report in a future post. On the question of whether or not there will be a fourth book, although she had previously expressed a desire to finish the fragmentary manuscript, she said directly: “Stieg is dead. Readers should know that. Having anyone finish these books would be an injustice.”
Eva Gabrielsson’s U.S. book tour continues next week on the west coast, where she will be speaking at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California and at an event sponsored by Elliott Bay Book Company at Seattle’s Town Hall, among other venues.