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 Previously unpublished materials and unseen letters from Marie expose not only the couple’s passionate love for one another, but also how the inter-war period and national socialism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.

The period Marie lived in Nordland became the happiest years of her life, so she felt Knut’s decision to relocate her and her family to their Nørholm estate was a grave betrayal. Simonsen’s biography begins in Elverum where Anne Marie Andersen was born in 1881, and ends with her death in 1969, at the family’s Nørholm estate in Grimstad.

This is the first complete biography of Marie Hamsun and will also help shed new light on her famous husband and their turbulent marriage.

360 pages. Illustrated with around 40 photographs. To be published in October 2018.

Anne Hege Simonsen (b. 1965) is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Journalism and Media Studies, at Oslo Metropolitan University. She was awarded her PhD in 2015 from the University of Bergen, with a thesis on the news photography of the 2011 terrorist attacks by Anders Breivik. She has worked as a journalist, a researcher, an editor of the Norwegian weekly paper, Ny Tid (1998-2000), and a non-fiction writer.

Anne Hege Simonsen

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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Pål Brekke: THE STORY ABOUT THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

Historien om Nordlyset                                                                                                           To be published by Solarmax Consulting, November 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.

This book explain the mechanisms behind the northern lights, and how we can predict when and where we can see them.

There have been hundreds of stories and theories to explain these celestial lights, which we now know as the northern lights. Today we know that the northern lights are caused by charged particles from the Sun. This book describe this fascinating phenomenon from myths to modern research and science, illustrated by a number of captivating images. Complete English translation is available, plus layout.

Dr Pål Brekke received a PhD in 1993 from the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo.  He has worked for the European Space Agency at NASA. He currently works at the Norwegian Space Centre. He has received prizes like ESA´s´Exceptional Achievement Award in 2002 and Laurels for Team Achievements from the International Academy of Astronautics in 2003.

Dr. Brekke has written several popular science books about the Sun and the Northern Lights, that are translated into many languages. He has recently produced the international award-winning documentary «The Northern Lights – a Magic Experience”, available in a number of languages. He is also an international recognized lecturer.

Pål Brekke

 

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.

 

The Press wrote:

“A biography that should appeal to a wide audience of nature-interested readers, at a time when the climate debate is relevant like never before. “                                                                                                                                 Dagbladet

“In mid-September 1823, an elderly professor and his two young students returned to Christiania after three months of travel in Norway. Along the way they had stumbled upon the biggest scientific discovery ever made in Norwegian nature: They had discovered the ice age.” This is how Geir Hestmark begins the book that he has spent twelve years researching and writing. Those who do not want to keep on reading cannot be much curious because you feel like you are sitting with a novel in your hands, not a biography. …The book is a pleasure to read.”                                                                                                                                                              Geo 365

 

The book is nominated to best non-fiction book in Norway since 2000, one out of ten.

Geir Hestmark  (b. 1958) graduated in both philosophy and natural science, and is currently a professor at the University of Oslo and a Fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science. He has contributed to Thinkers of the West (1994), Norwegian History of Non-Fiction Literature (1998), Norwegian History of Ideas (2002), and Norwegian Polar History (2004). For his biography of Waldemar C. Brøgger, Science and Nation he received the Freedom of Speech Honors Prize in 2000.

 

 

 

 

 

Mah-Rukh Ali: IRAN AND THE NEW MIDDLE EAST

IRAN OG DET NYE MIDTØSTEN                                                                                            Published by Kagge Forlag, 2018

 

Iran is the rising superpower in the Middle East. The bitter rivalry between Saudi Arabia and the containment of ISIS yielded the country a key position in the region. On one side Iran could play a decisive role in defeating terrorism and enact a close ally to the West. On the other side the country has, since Khomeini’s revolution in 1979, been accused of exporting terror to the rest of the world. Is Iran a friend or a foe? And why did a culture loving people elect a fundamentalist hierocracy?

On a journey into the recent political history of Iran, Mah-Rukh Ali endeavours to find answers.

«A fascinating introduction to Iranian culture and policy. Accessible and fetching to everyone interested.» Sverre Lodgaard, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.

Mah-Rukh Ali (b. 1982) has previously worked as a journalist and news anchor in the Norwegian national broadcast channel TV 2. Ali’s academic background includes a Master in International Policy and Diplomacy, SOAS, London University (2008-2009), and she has contributed as a guest researcher with the University of Oxford, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and with Harvard in 2017. In 2015 she published The Threat from ISIS (Kagge Publishing), which sold over 30.000 copies. At present, she is the Head of Communication and Advocacy at CARE (a global aid organization which endeavours to improve the living conditions of women). She is also a columnist in one of the national newspapers (The Norwegian Business Daily) in which she writes about foreign policy.

 

Mah-Rukh Ali

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.

Ina Tin

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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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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Erik Sveberg Dietrichs: LIFE ON THE EDGE. HOW THE BODY COPES WITH EXTREME CONDITIONS

NATURAL SCIENCE – CULTURAL HISTORY

På livets grense. Hvordan kroppen takler ekstrem natur
Published by Humanist forlag, August 2017

This is a highly original book that combines medicine and anthropology. Around the world, large groups of people have settled in extreme places and there are regular expeditions to the top of Mount Everest. People winter in Antarctica, others dive in the Mariana Trench and refugees cross scorching deserts and deep oceans. We move and live in places where we should not be able to cope.

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Åsmund H. Eikenes: YOUR HANDS – A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY FROM FINS TO FINGERS

NATURAL SCIENCE/BIOLOGY

Åsmund Eikenes: Handboka/Your HandsHandboka – alt du vil vite om hendene dine
Published by Samlaget, 2016

Your hands are the result of evolution over billions of years. Biologist Åsmund H. Eikenes takes us on a journey from the primordial soup to your hands. How do they work and how do they communicate with the brain? How does the skin protect us from harmful bacteria and viruses? What if we lose a finger, will we be able to produce a new one in the laboratories of the future?

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