Rolf E. Stenersen: EDVARD MUNCH. CLOSE-UP OF A GENIUS

BIOGRAPHY

Cover of "Edvard Munch. Close-Up of a Genius"

Edvard Munch. Nærbilde av et geni
Published by Sem & Stenersen Forlag, 2013

In 1944 Rolf E. Stenersen wrote a biography of the world-renowned painter Edvard Munch, which became an instant classic. Living up to its title – Edvard Munch. Close-up of a Genius – presents a portrait that is so intimate, refreshingly honest and revealing that the artist emerges from the pages. The Norwegian daily Dagbladet wrote in 2004: “Spanning one hundred and fifty pages, it may well be the best biography ever written in Norwegian. By any account, it is one of the most personal, revealing and, not least, humorous books about a Norwegian.” 

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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.

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Øyvind Torp: SELF DEFENCE AGAINST CANCER

HEALTH – LIFESTYLE

Cover of "Self Defence Against Cancer"

Selvforsvar mot kreft
Published by Spartacus, 2019

In the summer of 2016 family doctor Øyvind Torp is in his office studying his own MR-scans. In the waiting room there are patients waiting for him to call out their name, but he is unable to gather his thoughts. The MR-scans reveal tumours. In the blink of an eye, the doctor has become the patient. The survival instinct awakens; can anything be done to improve the prognosis, when bad luck strikes?

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Terje Tvedt: THE NILE. THE RIVER OF HISTORY

CULTURAL HISTORY/TRAVELOGUE

Cover of "The Nile"

Nilen. Historiens elv
Published by Aschehoug, 2012.
English edition 2020.

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.

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Terje Tvedt: A JOURNEY IN THE HISTORY OF WATER

Cover of 'A Journey in the Future of Water'VannEn reise i vannets historie
Published by Kagge Forlag, 2007/2011

The future of water is the future of humankind. Are we living in the century of droughts? Of floods? Or both? How water will run in our societies will impact global power relations, the environment and the balance between rich and poor. It will define war and peace and the destinies of countries and continents. Nobody can escape the consequences. These are issues raised by professor and historian Terje Tvedt in his book “A Journey in the future of water” More…

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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