Ina Tin: SAUDI ARABIA. THE SWORD AND THE VOICES

Saudi-Arabia. Sverdet og stemmene

Published by Humanist Forlag, 2018

Countries in the West share close ties with Saudi Arabia, selling weapons and advanced surveillance technologies to its autocratic royal family. As oil prices fall, Saudi is beginning to diversify its economy, but the nation’s politics are becoming more and more authoritarian – its people have no political freedoms and no freedom of speech. In this book, a portrait of the Saudi nation emerges from the stories of people whom the royal family are doing everything in their power to silence. We hear the dissenting voices of Saudi Arabia. They use mobile phones, blogs and car keys. The regime responds with God, oil and force. Everything is at stake. Not just the freedom – and lives – of those speaking out, but also the future of the nation and its surrounding region.

The Saudi kingdom plays a pivotal role in the Middle East. The country is the world’s second largest exporter of oil and importer of weapons. It is both Iran’s arch-enemy, and a close ally to the United States. It is a pilgrimage destination for 1.5 billion muslims as well as the birthplace of jihadism. It is an ally in the war against terror – but one that sees human rights advocates as terrorists and throws them behind bars. This book documents the lives of brave men and women who defy the authorities – in an ongoing drama that is unfolding as you read.

Ina Tin (b. 1961) is a human rights activist and senior adviser for Amnesty International, specialising in the Middle East. She has over twenty years experience within the organisation and has participated in research missions to countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Russia and the USA. In the past, Tin has studied Arabic, as well as worked as a journalist, editor and head of communications.

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Trude Tjensvold: DO YOU WANT A CAT?

Cover of Trude Tjensvold: Do You Want a Cat?

Vil du ha katt?
Published by Samlaget, 2019

Where can Rusken live?
“Have you seen this box before?” asks Gro.
Gunnar shakes his head.
The box begins to whimper.
The box begins to yowl.
“Who could it be?” Gunnar wonders.

Gro and Gunnar are brother and sister, who have stumbled upon a box. Inside is a cat. The cat is called Rusken and needs a new home. Perhaps someone in their tower block needs a new cat? Gro and Gunnar meets many nice people in their block – and lots of strange animals. Could a cat live together with a snake? Do you want a cat? is ideal for children learning to read. This picture book has a great story and charming illustrations, which are perfect forstimulatingand inspiring new readers.

Author Trude Tjensvold

Trude Tjensvold (b. 1964) has a lot of experience as an illustrator and designer. She debuted with her picture book, Bo moves out in 2016.

Gyrid Axe Øvsteng and Per Ragnar Møkleby: DARK

Mørkt
Published by Samlaget, 2018

An original work about being scared of the dark
Sonny is scared about disappearing in the dark. Which is why he always tries to stay awake for as long as he can. But tonight, there are noises coming from the shadows. The sounds creep closer and closer, and suddenly Sonny finds himself in the middle of a pitch-black tornado. But in the darkness, he is introduced to Natalia.  At the same time he is also introduced to courage.

Once again, the prize-winning pair, Gyrid Axe Øvsteng and Per Ragnar Møkleby, have put together a bombastic storyline, based on touching themes. In Dark, the duo tackle fear in an utterly original way. After all, what do you do when the worst possible thing that could happen, actually happens? Follow Sonny into the darkness to find out. Complete English translation is available.

Gyrid Axe Øvsteng (b. 1974) is an author and dramatist. She had her fiction debut in 2009 with her picture book Finn! She also holds qualifications in both theatre and Nordic studies.

Per Ragnar Møkleby (b. 1974) is an illustrator and a graphic artist. Møkleby has made several books together with Øvsteng. For their 2013 work, Førstemamma på Mars (First Mummy on Mars), they shared the Norwegian  Ministry of Culture’s Best Book Prize as well as the Norwegian Critic’s prize for the best book for children and young people. Translation rights: Sold to China.                                 

Kari Smeland: THE CROWDIVE FAMILY and the Sneeze in the House Next Door

Cover of 'The Crowdive Family'Familien Kråkestup og nyset i nabohuset
Published by Samlaget, 2012

Are you a curious snoop? The huge and boisterous Crowdive family lives in an old and dilapidated house. There is only one other house in the neighborhood, and no one has lived there since uncle Sigurd was a boy. But one day the youngest of the twins suspects that someone has moved in.

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Terje Tvedt: THE NILE. THE RIVER OF HISTORY

 Nilen. Historiens elv                                                                       

  Published by Aschehoug, 2012

The Nile offers a rich account of a long and fascinating history.  Professor Terje Tvedt’s new book is the most comprehensive book about the Nile ever written. The author travels upstream along the river’s mouth to its sources. The result is a travelogue through 5000 years and 11 countries, from the Mediterranean to Central Africa. This is the fascinating story of the immense economic, political and mythical significance of the river. Brimming with accounts of central characters in the struggle for the Nile – from Caesar and Cleopatra to Churchill and Mussolini and on to the political leaders of today. The Nile is a book with wide appeal, on a region of great interest. This is a work with potential to become a classic.

The Nile has been enthusiastically received by critics: “Tvedt has long ago established himself as an unrivalled communicator, both in text and television series. Water is his passion, and the book about the Nile is simply a fabulous journey on a beautiful river, with history, politics and culture.”                                                                                                                  VG  

“A 6,800 kilometer long cultural-historical and hydrological journey from the coast of the Mediterranean to the heart of Africa, led by the ‘water professor’ par excellence, Terje Tvedt. […] An exciting and educational book for our time.”                                                       Dagbladet

“It is hazardous to proclaim a newly published work as a classic, but The Nile – The River of History has definitely the potential to become one. It is a magnificent work.”        Klassekampen

The book is illustrated. 454 pages. Translation rights for The Nile are sold to UK and Russia.

Terje Tvedt (b. 1951) is professor at the Department of Geography, University of Bergen, and professor in Global History at the University of Oslo. Tvedt is the author of a wide range of books and articles, has written/co-directed a number of award-winningTV-documentaries and been the leader of a number of national and international research networks and research projects. His main research fields include the role of water in history and development, development theories and the international aid system. One of his main works is the 9-volume series A History of Water (London/New York: IB Tauris). He has also written A Journey in the Future of Water/En reise i vannets fremtid 2007/2011. Translations rights sold to UK, China, Ukraine, Egypt, Denmark, Hungary, Malayalam (India), Germany.

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Nils Henrik Smith: FIRE IN YOUR HEART

Cover of 'Fire in Your Heart'Se ilden lyse over jord
Published by Samlaget 2014

A story about man’s self-examination, torn between feelings of shame, regret and longing for love.

A sixty-year-old man wakes up in a hotel room. He has been dreaming about the men’s cross-country skiing relay at the Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 1994, which was closely linked to a dramatic event in his own life. In the winter of 1994, the same day as the relay took place, he lost his eldest son. Later he became divorced.

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Lene Wold: NO HONOUR IN CRIME

DOCUMENTARY/CURRENT AFFAIRS

Lene Wold: Ære være mine døtre/No Honour in CrimeÆre være mine døtre
Published by Kagge Forlag,  2017

During the past three years, Lene Wold has spent a considerable amount of time in Jordan with a man who has killed both his mother and one of his two daughters in order to restore his family’s honour. Wold has travelled around Jordan and interviewed a number of people about honour killing. The author portrays the man’s upbringing, culture and dilemmas that shaped him as a person and the choices he made. Wold’s other important source is Amina. This daughter spent several years in prison after the failed murder attempt in order to protect her from her own family. In Jordan, it is the women, the survivors of attempted honour killings, who are imprisoned – not the perpetrators.

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