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Åsne Seierstad

Åsne Seierstad is an award-winning Norwegian freelance journalist and writer, best known for her accounts of everyday life in war zones. Her notable works include The Bookseller of Kabul, her second, bestselling book, which is an account of the time she spent living with an Afghan family in Kabul after the fall of the Taliban in 2001 and One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway (2015), which is the basis for the Netflix drama 22 July. The Bookseller of Kabul was shortlisted for the first Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year Award 2004. 

As a journalist, Åsne reported from Russia and China for Arbeiderbladet from 1993 to 1997. From 1998 until 2000 she worked for the national public broadcaster NRK where she reported from the Serbian breakaway province of Kosovo. With Their Backs to The World: Portraits of Serbia, her first book, is an account of this time. 

Her other books include One Hundred And One Days: A Baghdad Journal which describes the three months she spent in Iraq in the build-up to the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 and Angel of Grozny: Inside Chechnya, an account of the time she spent in Chechnya after the war, and The Afghans, published in 2022. 

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