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One of Us

The Story of a Massacre in Norway - and Its Aftermath

Asne Seierstad Suzanne Toren Audible Studios Sarah Death

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Bolinda/Audible Audio
28 March 2017
True crime; European history; Crime & criminology; Terrorist attack
On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb outside government buildings in central Oslo, killing eight people. He then proceeded to a youth camp on the island of Utoya, where he killed 69 more, most of them teenage members of Norway's governing Labour Party. In One of Us, the journalist Asne Seierstad tells the story of this terrible day and what led up to it. What made Breivik, a gifted child from an affluent neighbourhood in Oslo, become a terrorist?

As in her bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul, Seierstad excels at the vivid portraiture of lives under stress. She delves deep into Breivik's troubled childhood, showing how a hip-hop and graffiti aficionado became a right-wing activist and internet-game addict, and then an entrepreneur, Freemason and self-styled master warrior who sought to 'save Norway' from the threat of Islam and multiculturalism. She writes with equal intimacy about Breivik's victims, tracing their political awakenings, aspirations to improve their country and ill-fated journeys to the island. By the time Seierstad reaches Utoya, we know both the killer and those he will kill. We have also gotten to know an entire country - famously peaceful and prosperous, and utterly incapable of protecting its youth.
By:   Asne Seierstad
Translated by:   Sarah Death
Producer:   Audible Studios
Read by:   Suzanne Toren
Imprint:   Bolinda/Audible Audio
Country of Publication:   Australia
Edition:   Unabridged edition
ISBN:   9781489384966
ISBN 10:   1489384960
Publication Date:   28 March 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Audio
Publisher's Status:   Active

Asne Seierstad is a Norwegian freelance journalist and writer, best known for her accounts of everyday life in war zones - most notably Kabul after 2001, Baghdad in 2002 and the ruined Grozny in 2006. Suzanne Toren has appeared on and off Broadway, and in regional theatres around the US. Suzanne is a highly acclaimed, award-winning narrator of hundreds of audiobooks. She has been featured frequently in AudioFile Magazine, as an Earphone Award winner, and as a Narrator of the Year. She has twice been nominated for an Audie Award for her narration. Audible is a seller and producer of spoken audio entertainment, information, and educational programming on the Internet. Sarah Death is a translator, literary scholar and editor of the UK-based journal Swedish Book Review. She won the Bernard Shaw Translation Prize for her tranlsation of Ellen Mattson's Snow. She lives and works in Kent, England.

Reviews for One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway - and Its Aftermath

'This is journalism at its very best ... Undoubtedly Seierstad's most powerful narrative to date.' -- The Sunday Times 'Scrupulously researched ... [Seierstad] has a remarkable eye for the haunting detail, particularly of empathy, and of grief.' -- The Daily Mail '[A] masterful and forensically detailed account of what may be the first cultural-ideological spree killing in history.' -- The Telegraph


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