By Åsne Seierstad, Sarah Death
One of The manhattan occasions booklet Review's Ten top Books of 2015 and a NYT Bestseller
Widely acclaimed as a masterpiece, Åsne Seierstad’s One of Us is key studying for a time whilst mass killings are so grimly frequent.
On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb outdoors the Norwegian major minister's place of work in primary Oslo, killing 8 humans. He then proceeded to a adolescence camp at the wooded island of Utøya, the place he killed sixty-nine extra, so much of them teenage individuals of the country's governing Labour celebration. In One of Us, the journalist Åsne Seierstad tells the tale of this bad day and its reverberations. How did Breivik, a talented baby from an prosperous local in Oslo, develop into Europe's so much reviled terrorist? How did he accomplish an spectacular one-man homicide spree? and the way did a famously peaceable and wealthy nation take care of the slaughter of such a lot of of its young?
As in her overseas bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul, Seierstad excels on the bright portraiture of lives below tension. She delves deep into Breivik's formative years, displaying how a hip-hop and graffiti aficionado turned a right-wing activist, a profitable entrepreneur, after which a web video game addict and self-styled grasp warrior who believed he may possibly keep Europe from the specter of Islam and multiculturalism. She writes with equivalent intimacy approximately Breivik's sufferers, tracing their political awakenings, teenage flirtations and hopes, and ill-fated trips to the island. by the point Seierstad reaches Utøya and relates what occurred there, we all know either the killer and people he'll kill. within the book's ultimate act, Seierstad describes Breivik's tumultuous public trial. As Breivik took the stand and articulated his principles, a complete state debated even if he will be deemed insane, and requested why a devastating series of police error allowed one guy to take action a lot harm.
One of Us is without delay a mental research of violent extremism, a dramatic precise crime procedural, and a compassionate inquiry into how a privileged society copes with homegrown evil. Lauded in Scandinavia for its literary benefit and ethical poise, One of Us is the genuine tale of 1 of our age's such a lot tragic events.