Erika Fatland was born in 1983 and studied Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. Her 2011 book, The Village of Angels, was an in situ report on the Beslan terror attacks of 2004 and she is also the author of The Year Without Summer, describing the harrowing year that followed the massacre on Utoya in 2011. She speaks eight languages and lives in Oslo with her husband.
With her acute journalistic eye, clarity of style and not least a solid background in social anthropology, Erika Fatland has given us a number of astute books on complicated subjects. When this ability is combined with courage and a sense of adventure, the result is impressive - Aftenposten Even if you're not currently planning a trip to Central Asia, this book will change your mind - Klassekampen A road trip dotted with curious incidents, thought-provoking observations and absurd stories, from culinary disasters to snapshots of everyday life under a dictatorship. A fine mingling of facts and the observations of a true travel writer - Reiselyst Magazine Fatland really knows her subject and writes with conviction. After her thoughtful writing on Beslan and the massacre on Utoya, there was every reason to have huge expectations. They have been more than fulfilled. - Dagbladet