Anne Bitsch: IF YOU LEAVE NOW, YOU ARE NO LONGER MY DAUGHTER

DOCUMENTARY

Cover of "If you leave now, you are no longer my daughter" Går du nå, er du ikke lenger min datter
Published by Spartacus, 2017

“As a kid, I never understood why nobody wanted to help us. When I think about it, I still don’t understand.”

If you leave now, you are no longer my daughter is Anne Bitsch’ book about her own childhood with a mentally ill and alcoholic mum. By reading old letters, diaries, public archives and talking to people who knew them, the author tries to figure out how a family could fall apart with no one noticing or intervening. She want to deconstruct the myths about the stereotypical abusers and depict the helplessness of both individuals and society at large when confronted with child neglect.

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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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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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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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Bjørn Godøy: DOUBLE GAME – Love and betrayal in the shadows of World War I

NARRATIVE NON-FICTION/HISTORY

Bjørn Godøy: Dobbeltspill/Double GameDobbeltspill. Kjærlighet og forræderi i skyggen av første verdenskrig
Published by Spartacus, 2016

Roger Casement was possibly the most hated man in England during WWI. In 1916, he was hanged for high treason for having sought German support for a rebellion in Ireland. Two years earlier, he had travelled to Berlin just as British men were being massacred on the battle fields in Europe. Flaming Irish nationalism emboldened him to make the fateful trip – along with blind confidence in a young Norwegian sailor.

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Thor Gotaas: RUNNING: A WORLD HISTORY

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

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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Anne Gunn Halvorsen: LIFE – AND HOW TO LIVE IT

PERSONAL GUIDE

Anne Gunn Halvorsen: Livet og korleis leve det/Life and how to Live itLivet og korleis leve det
Published by Samlaget, 2017

A wise and humorous introduction to adult life

“I have searched for so many things online during my life: childbirth, moles, tooth development in infants … Yet I have never searched for how to live life. I’ve only done things that seem right, what everyone else does. It’s daring, I think, and gaze at that little semi-detached house of ours. Those sleeping upstairs are my people. It’s so audacious, almost bizarre to invest so much money, so much time, and so much effort without investigating it properly.»

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Ole Martin Høystad: THE SIGNIFICANCE 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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