A Norwegian Tragedy

A Norwegian Tragedy : Anders Behring Breivik and the Massacre on Ut?ya

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On 22 July 2011 a young man named Anders Behring Breivik carried out one of the most vicious terrorist acts in post-war Europe. In a carefully orchestrated sequence of actions he bombed government buildings in Oslo, resulting in eight deaths, then carried out a mass shooting at a camp of the Workers' Youth League of the Labour Party on the island of Utoya, where he murdered sixty-nine people, mostly teenagers. How could Anders Behring Breivik - a middle-class boy from the West End of Oslo - end up as one of the most violent terrorists in post-war Europe? Where did his hatred come from? In A Norwegian Tragedy, Aage Borchgrevink attempts to provide an answer. Taking us with him to the multiethnic and class-divided city where Breivik grew up, he follows the perpetrator of the attacks into an unfamiliar online world of violent computer games and anti-Islamic hatred, and demonstrates the connection between Breivik's childhood and the darkest pages of his 1500-page manifesto. This is the definitive story of 22 July 2011: a Norwegian tragedy.show more

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  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 9780745680026

Table of contents

Preface vii 1 The Explosion 1 2 Bacardi Razz 7 3 A West End Family: Anders Behring Breivik's Childhood 25 4 Morning on Utoya 45 5 Morg the Graffiti Bomber: Anders Behring Breivik's Youth 59 6 The `Mother of the Nation' Returns to Utoya 94 7 Andrew Berwick and Avatar Syndrome 111 8 The Safest Place in Norway 148 9 The Book Launch 161 10 Survivors 181 11 Rescuers 197 12 What Is Happening in Norway? 210 13 Anders Behring Breivik's Seventy-Five Minutes on Utoya 226 14 Hatred 247 Notes 273 Acknowledgements 287 Index 288show more

About Aage Borchgrevink

Aage Borchgrevink is an eminent Norwegian journalist and literary critic. He has worked as an advisor to the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights since 1993 and in 2004 was awarded the Ossietzky Award by the Norwegian P.E.N. Club for outstanding promotion of free speech.show more

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"A powerful book that once begun is impossible to set down; surely the definitive journalistic account of a national trauma."Ron Eyerman, Yale University"Brevik's mass murder coming of all places from Norway shook the world. By a cool clear and yet compassionate analysis the book throws Northern bright light on the heart of darkness. The book succeeds in providing a rich context which helps us us partially understand this wretched act of irrationality. The last chapter tells us a great deal about hatred. It is something we should all know about."Avishai Maraglit ""A Norwegian Tragedy" will remain for a long time - a very long time - the best book about the tragedy of 22 July 2011. Read this book!""Verdens Gang""Aage Storm Borchgrevink has written the book that had to be written about Anders Behring Breivik: strong, harrowing and compassionate - one of the richest Bildungsroman-style stories ever written.""Bergens Tidende""Possibly the most important book written so far in an effort to explain Breivik and what led to 22 July 2011. A Norwegian Tragedy is the story of Norway's darkest day, and almost an unauthorised biography of Anders Behring Breivik.""Dagsavisen" "A highly detailed and authoritative account of the Breivik's carefully orchestrated rampage. The psychological issues raised by Borchgrevink's account, backed up by his journalistic research on Breivik's life and activities, make this book an important empirical and theoretical contribution to the literature on the study of radicalisation into violent extremism.""Perspectives on Terrorism""A powerful book that once begun is impossible to set down; surely the definitive journalistic account of a national trauma."Ron Eyerman, Yale University"Brevik's mass murder coming of all places from Norway shook the world. By a cool clear and yet compassionate analysis the book throws Northern bright light on the heart of darkness. The book succeeds in providing a rich context which helps us us partially understand this wretched act of irrationality. The last chapter tells us a great deal about hatred. It is something we should all know about."Avishai Maraglit "Borchgrevink's book warrants to be embraced by sociologists and criminologists, not to mention all those who endeavour to subscribe to a better world"David Marx""A Norwegian Tragedy" will remain for a long time - a very long time - the best book about the tragedy of 22 July 2011. Read this book!""Verdens Gang""Aage Storm Borchgrevink has written the book that had to be written about Anders Behring Breivik: strong, harrowing and compassionate - one of the richest Bildungsroman-style stories ever written.""Bergens Tidende""Possibly the most important book written so far in an effort to explain Breivik and what led to 22 July 2011. A Norwegian Tragedy is the story of Norway's darkest day, and almost an unauthorised biography of Anders Behring Breivik.""Dagsavisen" "Superb""London Review of Books""A highly detailed and authoritative account of the Breivik'scarefully orchestrated rampage. The psychological issues raised byBorchgrevink's account, backed up by his journalisticresearch on Breivik's life and activities, make this book animportant empirical and theoretical contribution to the literatureon the study of radicalisation into violent extremism.""Perspectives on Terrorism""A powerful book that once begun is impossible to set down; surelythe definitive journalistic account of a national trauma."Ron Eyerman, Yale University"Brevik's mass murder coming of all places from Norway shook theworld. By a cool clear and yet compassionate analysis the bookthrows Northern bright light on the heart of darkness. The booksucceeds in providing a rich context which helps us us partiallyunderstand this wretched act of irrationality. The last chaptertells us a great deal about hatred. It is something we should allknow about."Avishai Maraglit"Borchgrevink's book warrants to be embraced bysociologists and criminologists, not to mention all those whoendeavour to subscribe to a better world"David Marx""A Norwegian Tragedy" will remain for a long time - a verylong time - the best book about the tragedy of 22 July 2011. Readthis book!""Verdens Gang""Aage Storm Borchgrevink has written the book that had to bewritten about Anders Behring Breivik: strong, harrowing andcompassionate - one of the richest Bildungsroman-style stories everwritten.""Bergens Tidende""Possibly the most important book written so far in an effort toexplain Breivik and what led to 22 July 2011. A Norwegian Tragedyis the story of Norway's darkest day, and almost anunauthorised biography of Anders Behring Breivik.""Dagsavisen" "By a cool, clear and yet compassionate analysis the book throwsNothern bright light on the heart of darkness and succeeds inproviding a rich literary context, which helps us partiallyunderstand this wretched act of irrationality.""The Advertiser" "Superb" "London Review of Books " "A highly detailed and authoritative account of the Breivik's carefully orchestrated rampage. The psychological issues raised by Borchgrevink's account, backed up by his journalistic research on Breivik's life and activities, make this book an important empirical and theoretical contribution to the literature on the study of radicalisation into violent extremism." "Perspectives on Terrorism" "A powerful book that once begun is impossible to set down; surely the definitive journalistic account of a national trauma." Ron Eyerman, Yale University "Brevik's mass murder coming of all places from Norway shook the world. By a cool clear and yet compassionate analysis the book throws Northern bright light on the heart of darkness. The book succeeds in providing a rich context which helps us us partially understand this wretched act of irrationality. The last chapter tells us a great deal about hatred. It is something we should all know about." Avishai Maraglit "Borchgrevink's book warrants to be embraced by sociologists and criminologists, not to mention all those who endeavour to subscribe to a better world" David Marx ""A Norwegian Tragedy" will remain for a long time - a very long time - the best book about the tragedy of 22 July 2011. Read this book!" "Verdens Gang" "Aage Storm Borchgrevink has written the book that had to be written about Anders Behring Breivik: strong, harrowing and compassionate - one of the richest Bildungsroman-style stories ever written." "Bergens Tidende" "Possibly the most important book written so far in an effort to explain Breivik and what led to 22 July 2011. A Norwegian Tragedy is the story of Norway's darkest day, and almost an unauthorised biography of Anders Behring Breivik." "Dagsavisen " "By a cool, clear and yet compassionate analysis the book throws Nothern bright light on the heart of darkness and succeeds in providing a rich literary context, which helps us partially understand this wretched act of irrationality." "The Advertiser" "Superb" London Review of Books "A highly detailed and authoritative account of the Breivik's carefully orchestrated rampage. The psychological issues raised by Borchgrevink's account, backed up by his journalistic research on Breivik's life and activities, make this book an important empirical and theoretical contribution to the literature on the study of radicalisation into violent extremism." Perspectives on Terrorism "A powerful book that once begun is impossible to set down; surely the definitive journalistic account of a national trauma." Ron Eyerman, Yale University "Brevik's mass murder coming of all places from Norway shook the world. By a cool clear and yet compassionate analysis the book throws Northern bright light on the heart of darkness. The book succeeds in providing a rich context which helps us us partially understand this wretched act of irrationality. The last chapter tells us a great deal about hatred. It is something we should all know about." Avishai Maraglit "Borchgrevink's book warrants to be embraced by sociologists and criminologists, not to mention all those who endeavour to subscribe to a better world" David Marx "A Norwegian Tragedy will remain for a long time - a very long time - the best book about the tragedy of 22 July 2011. Read this book!" Verdens Gang "Aage Storm Borchgrevink has written the book that had to be written about Anders Behring Breivik: strong, harrowing and compassionate - one of the richest Bildungsroman-style stories ever written." Bergens Tidende "Possibly the most important book written so far in an effort to explain Breivik and what led to 22 July 2011. A Norwegian Tragedy is the story of Norway's darkest day, and almost an unauthorised biography of Anders Behring Breivik." Dagsavisen "By a cool, clear and yet compassionate analysis the book throws Nothern bright light on the heart of darkness and succeeds in providing a rich literary context, which helps us partially understand this wretched act of irrationality." The Advertiser -Superb- London Review of Books -A highly detailed and authoritative account of the Breivik's carefully orchestrated rampage. The psychological issues raised by Borchgrevink's account, backed up by his journalistic research on Breivik's life and activities, make this book an important empirical and theoretical contribution to the literature on the study of radicalisation into violent extremism.- Perspectives on Terrorism -A powerful book that once begun is impossible to set down; surely the definitive journalistic account of a national trauma.- Ron Eyerman, Yale University -Brevik's mass murder coming of all places from Norway shook the world. By a cool clear and yet compassionate analysis the book throws Northern bright light on the heart of darkness. The book succeeds in providing a rich context which helps us us partially understand this wretched act of irrationality. The last chapter tells us a great deal about hatred. It is something we should all know about.- Avishai Maraglit -Borchgrevink's book warrants to be embraced by sociologists and criminologists, not to mention all those who endeavour to subscribe to a better world- David Marx -A Norwegian Tragedy will remain for a long time - a very long time - the best book about the tragedy of 22 July 2011. Read this book!- Verdens Gang -Aage Storm Borchgrevink has written the book that had to be written about Anders Behring Breivik: strong, harrowing and compassionate - one of the richest Bildungsroman-style stories ever written.- Bergens Tidende -Possibly the most important book written so far in an effort to explain Breivik and what led to 22 July 2011. A Norwegian Tragedy is the story of Norway's darkest day, and almost an unauthorised biography of Anders Behring Breivik.- Dagsavisen -By a cool, clear and yet compassionate analysis the book throws Nothern bright light on the heart of darkness and succeeds in providing a rich literary context, which helps us partially understand this wretched act of irrationality.- The Advertisershow more

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