In the tradition of Truman Capote's classic In Cold Blood
, a powerful and gripping depiction of a crime and its aftermath.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.The author takes a novelistic approach but this is journalism at its very best ... undoubtedly Seierstad's most powerful narrative to date - Sunday TimesScrupulously researched . . . Seierstad has a remarkable eye for the haunting detail, particularly of empathy, and of grief - Mail on SundayA chilling portrait of a killer . . . Seierstad is a brilliant investigative reporter . . . her book is a psychiatric case history, as well as a close look at Norwegian society, not least by paying as much attention to Breivik's victims, as to their murderer - GuardianWhat emerges as Seierstad - a precise, distinguished war reporter and author of The Bookseller of Kabul - pieces together the evidence from police and court transcripts, from survivors, from Breivik's mother, is in part a more literary version of The Day of the Jackal - The TimesAn astonishing piece of work . . . One of Us looks straight at horror and doesn't flinch: it is classic reporting. We've been diverting ourselves so much recently with crime fiction making play with the eruption of evil into the apparently harmonious societies of Scandinavia. This is the real thing, beyond any novelist's imagining. We need to take note - Evening StandardAsne 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 worked as a correspondent in Russia between 1993 and 1996 and in China in 1997. Between 1998 and 2000 she covered the Balkans, including the war in Kosovo, for Norwegian television. In 2000 she published her first book, With their Backs to the World: Portraits from Serbia.
After September 11th 2001 she went to Afghanistan, reporting for a number of major Scandinavian newspapers. The following year she went back to live with an Afghan family and wrote 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.
In spring 2003 Asne Seierstad reported on the war in Iraq from Baghdad and later released A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal. In 2009 she wrote her critically acclaimed book about life in Chechnya, The Angel of Grozny.
Following the atrocities in Oslo and Utoya in July 2011, she attended the trial of Anders Breivik and wrote several articles about the atrocities and their aftermath for Norwegian and international newspapers. She then began work on One of Us, which became a European bestseller.
All of Asne Seierstad's books are published by Virago. She is currently working on a book about Libya and the aftermath of Gaddafi.In the tradition of Truman Capote's classic In Cold Blood, a powerful and gripping depiction of a crime and its aftermath.sne Seierstad is uniquely placed to write the definitive account of this shocking but important storyWe have sold 780,000 net copies of The Bookseller of Kabul and it was a bestseller around the worldThe author is a highly distinguished and experienced foreign correspondentA European bestseller