Friday, August 28, 2015

GW’s attack on Lagercrantz Group: “He stole Backstrom” – Aftonbladet

The criticism of David Lagercrantz and his “Millennium” -uppföljare “That which does not kill us” has been tough.

Now accuses Leif GW Persson him of stealing one of his characters.

– He used my Backstrom without asking permission, says Leif GW Persson told Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

David Lagercrantz has endured a lot of criticism for the new “Millennium” book, not least from the deceased writer Stieg Larsson partner Eva Gabrielsson .

Now comes another attack – from Leif GW Persson .

It is in the book “Under the Child Mystery”, published in 2003, David Lagercrantz according to Leif GW Persson makes use of the well-known character Backstrom from several of his own novels.


Evert Backstrom’s character in GW’s books were first presented in his novels in 2002, while the character of Lagercrantz book is called The Stig Bäckström. But Leif GW Persson says that it is the same Backstrom as the original.

– Lagercrantz is unimaginative. He had asked, he had obviously got no, says Leif GW Persson told SvD.

Leif GW Persson will not take legal action.

– There is no one who reads David Lagercrantz own stories so the damage is the minimum. Therefore feels it unnecessary to start arguing about the matter. But now he (Lagercrantz) well so that he can handle himself for a while. Otherwise, he may well find someone else doing to take over.

Denies Theft

Lagercrantz denies the theft and responding to criticisms in an email to Svd:

– The character is not Bäckström, he got only the last name as a loving wink to Leif GW’s detective stories, which I then loved.


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