One of us : the story of Anders Breivik and the massacre in Norway

Published Dec. 6, 2015 by Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux.


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Åsne Seierstad has managed to interview a lot of people: survivors from Utöya, people who are family and friends and enemies of both survivors and the perpetrator, Anders Behring Brejvik.

What I like best about this book is, first, the space and pace at with the book feels around and grows; there's little room for drama-making, alotted by Seierstad. Breivik's thoughts plod as he's dreamt them up. Naturally, his retelling of events is flawed and quite possibly lied-up, due to his narcissistic traits, the flaws inherent to human memory, et cetera.

This is a beautifully told and recounted human tale, which swerves somewhat from Breivik's youth to just after the court case was finished.

Of his youth:

He was so intense, and he was cruel to animals. For a while he had some rats in a cage and would poke them with pens and pencils. Eva said she thought he …
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