Bjørn Berge: NOWHERE LANDS. LOST COUNTRIES OF THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY

HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY

Bjørn Berge: Landene som forsvant/Nowhere LandsLandene som forsvant. 1840 – 1970
Published by Spartacus, 2016

A different kind of world history – told through stamps from countries that have been erased from the map

More than 1000 countries have issued their own stamps during the past 175 years since the first “Penny Black” was introduced in England in 1840. Most of them no longer exist. Some of their names will bring back associations, such as Biafra and “famine” and Bhopal and “environmental disaster”. Others, few of us will associate with anything, like Labuan, Tannu Tuva and Fiume. These lost countries have fascinating stories to tell , whether they were short-lived like Eastern Karelia, which lasted only a few weeks during the winter war of 1922, or more tenacious such as the Orange Free State, a Boer Republic which celebrated 50 years as an independent state in the late 1800s.

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Pål Brekke: THE STORY ABOUT THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

Historien om Nordlyset
Published by Solarmax Consulting, 2018

Watching the northern lights or “aurora borealis” dancing overhead on a clear winter night is one of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring sights that the natural world can offer. They differ from all other light phenomena by exhibiting an amazing variety of colours, structures, and movements. For people who have caught a glimpse of the northern lights will the sight often leaves memories for a lifetime.

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Åsmund H. Eikenes: A SINGLE DROP. THE SPECTACULAR SCIENCE OF BODY FLUIDS

NATURAL SCIENCE/BIOLOGY

Sprut. Sanninga om kroppsvæskene dine
Published by Samlaget, 2018

Once you read this book, blood tests, kisses and glasses of milk will never be the same.
In A Single Drop, Åsmund H. Eikenes spurts out funny stories about blood, sweat and tears, and mixes them together with grand revelations about more than 50 vastly different bodily fluids.The latest research tells us that our inner juices are far more important than you might think. Tiny little snot droplets can stay airborne for a whopping ten minutes after a mighty sneeze, mucus from the cervix guides healthy sperm cells on their way to the egg, and young people’s blood may contain the secret recipe to eternal life.

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Alfred Fidjestøl: ALMOST HUMAN – A BIOGRAPHY OF JULIUS THE CHIMPANZEE

BIOGRAPHY/NATURAL HISTORY

Alfred Fidjestøl: Nesten menneske - biografien om Julius/Almost Human - the Bigraphy of Julius the ChimpanzeeNesten menneske. Biografien om Julius
Published by Samlaget 2017

Julius the Chimpanzee is the most famous animal in Norway. He was born on Boxing Day 1979, in Kristiansand Zoo in southern Norway. Six weeks old he was rejected by his mother and had to live with a human family for one year. A camera crew followed him during this period and the following TV program made him into a celebrity in Norway.

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Thor Gotaas: RUNNING: A WORLD HISTORY

Running - A World HistoryLøping. En verdenshistorie
Published by Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 2008/2018

An original, funny, and almost improbable world history. Why do people run? Four millennia ago in Mesopotamia, King Shulgi ran from Nippur to Ur to take part in a religious festival. In ancient Egypt, the pharaoh had to run to prove his vitality and to hold on to power. And then there are the little-known naked runs, whore runs, endurance tests at bars, backward runs, monk runs, and the Inca Empire’s got professional runners. Thor Gotaas shows us what running, in all its remarkable diversity, is and has been for mankind.

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Jon Hellesnes: The NATO complex – On military strategy, nuclear weapons and Norway’s subservience to the USA

CURRENT AFFAIRS

Cover of Hellesnes: The NATO complex

NATO-komplekset. Om militærpolitikk, atomvåpen og norsk USA-servilitet
Published by Samlaget, 2019

Our nice, neighbourly alliance with Russia is over.

Behind a defensive mist of secrecy, vague speeches and semantic acrobatics, Solberg’s Norwegian cabinet is on the verge of surrendering much of our country’s military power to NATO HQ and the Pentagon. The enormous proportions of a military exercise called the Trident Juncture, demonstrate that Norway has now become an active participant in the new cold war. This means that “we” have labelled Russia as an enemy territory. This kind of characterisation proves that our peaceful, diplomatic neighbourly alliance is over. It also suggests that Norway is now simply following the authority of the USA, regardless of who or what is currently in control of the American governmental elite. With good reason, old pundits of the old cold war are now claiming that there is a new war – started by the USA. These are some of the main issues discussed in this thought-provoking book, written by the internationally renowned philosopher, Jon Hellesnes.

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Geir Hestmark: GLACIATOR. JENS ESMARK, ICE AGES AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Istidens oppdager – Jens Esmark, pioneren i Norges fjellverden
Published by Kagge Forlag, 2017

Jens Esmark is the great pioneer in the exploration of Norway’s mountain world in early 19th century,  and this is the definitive story of his life, his expeditions, mountain ascents and glacier crossings. Not the least the book traces the paths to his epochal discovery of ice ages, the most dramatic climate changes on Earth. As Esmark’s supporters or opponents we meet a rich gallery of Norwegian and foreign students and colleagues. The book is compulsory reading for all mountain hikers and nature enthusiasts, and everyone with an interest in Norwegian and European cultural history.

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Kim Hjardar and Vegard Vike: VIKINGS AT WAR

HISTORY

Vikings at WarVikinger i krig
Published by Spartacus 2011/2017

To the Vikings, war was ubiquitous. Their raids united the Spanish kingdoms and halted the progress of Charlemagne and the Franks in Europe. Wherever the Viking ships sailed, they left enormous suffering in their wake. But through these meetings of cultures, European and Nordic societies were also transformed.

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Ole Martin Høystad: THE SEARCH OF THE SOUL. A CULTURAL HISTORY

Cover of 'The Significance of the Soul'Sjelens betydning. En kulturhistorie
Published by Aschehoug, 2016

Throughout history, the soul has been regarded as the core of the human being and as an expression of the individual’s personality. Most people also feel they have one, although it is hard to explain what the soul exactly is. This is the aim of this book. By following the stages of the fateful drama of the soul from antiquity to present day, the book examines what significance it still may have in the 21st Century.

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Anne Hege Simonsen: LOVE AND DARKNESS. THE BIOGRAPHY OF MARIE HAMSUN

Kjærlighet og mørke. Biografien om Marie Hamsun
Published by Res Publica Forlag, 2018

Love and Darkness tells the rich, gripping tale of powerful emotions inside a demanding marriage. How could Marie Andersen, a beautiful actress, fall head over heels for the jealous and manipulative author, Knut Hamsun, who was so many years older? In Anne Hege Simonsen’s biography, Marie Hamsun emerges from her husband’s shadow as an independent person and a respected writer with her own career. Previously unpublished materials and unseen letters from Marie expose not only the couple’s passionate love for one another, but also how the inter-war period and national socialism shaped Marie’s own ideology. Even after paying her war settlement and serving a prison sentence, Marie was still convinced of her anti-Semitic beliefs. She supported her husband to her last breath, and after the war had ended, she put all of her energy into restoring his authorship.

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