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One of Us

The Story of a Massacre and its Aftermath

x Asne Seierstad Sarah Death

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Little Brown
22 March 2016
History; European history; 21st century history: from c 2000 -; Terrorist attack
On 22 July 2011 Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 of his fellow Norwegians in a terrorist atrocity that shocked the world. Many were teenagers, just beginning their adult lives. In the devastating aftermath, the inevitable questions began. How could this happen? Why did it happen? And who was Anders Breivik? Asne Seierstad was uniquely placed to explore these questions. An award-winning foreign correspondent, she had spent years writing about people caught up in violent conflict. Now, for the first time, she was being asked to write about her home country. Based on extensive testimonies and interviews, One of Us is the definitive account of the massacres and the subsequent trial. But more than that, it is the compelling story of Anders Breivik and a select group of his victims. A picture emerges of a killer - isolated, awkward, with a strange and troubled childhood. And on the other side, we come to know fascinating, dazzling young people such as Simon Saebo and Bano Rashid, eager to contribute to their society. As we follow the path to their inevitable collision, it becomes clear just what was lost in that one day. A gripping, shattering and vital book, One of Us is the story of a massacre and a study of evil. But it is also a story about community versus isolation, hope versus rejection, love versus bigotry - and a powerful memorial to those who lost their lives.
By:   x Asne Seierstad
Translated by:   Sarah Death
Imprint:   Little Brown
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 202mm,  Width: 166mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   426g
ISBN:   9781844089185
ISBN 10:   1844089185
Pages:   544
Publication Date:   22 March 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Asne Seierstad was born in 1970 and studied Russian, Spanish and the History of Philosophy at Oslo University. An internationally bestselling author, she has also received numerous awards for her journalism. She is the author of several highly acclaimed non-fiction books including The Bookseller of Kabul, which was first published in English in 2003. It became an international bestseller, selling over two million copies. The paperback edition remained in the Sunday Times top ten for over a year.

  • Short-listed for CWA Non Fiction Dagger 2015 (UK)
  • Shortlisted for CWA Non-Fiction Gold Dagger 2015.

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