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  • Asne Seirstad in SBS Radio Norwegian (SBS Radio Norwegian)Source: SBS Radio Norwegian
The multi awarded Norwegian investigative journalist, Asne Seirstad published the book 'One of Us', an in depth analysis of the 2011 attacks in her country. This week she visited SBS Radio. In her conversation with SBS Radio Norwegian, Asne said she realised during the trial that was not the story.
Frank Mathisen / SBS Radio Norwegian

23 May 2015 - 11:18 PM  UPDATED 25 May 2015 - 10:54 AM

The story was 'what made Anders Behring Breivik go to that island, but also to ask the questions to the victims. What made them be on that island, what made them go there'.

The title 'One of us' was chosen because it talks about Anders Breivik and about the victims at the same time.

Asne thinks that if the aggressor had been of a different ethnic or cultural background, the debate might have been different, more polarised, as there are some anti immigrant and anti muslim groups in Norway.

'It didn't happen, so it's hard to say, but I think it's hard to imagine that we would have stood so close together had it been an attack from outside'. 

Asne Seirstad 

Asne holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Oslo where she majored in Russian, Spanish and history of ideas. From 1993 until 1996 she reported for the Arbeiderbladet in Russia and in 1997 from China. From 1998 until 2000 she worked for the national television network NRK (Norsk Rikskringkasting) 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. 

As a reporter she is particularly remembered for her work in war zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq and most recently Chechnya, as well as for her reports on the September 11 attacks in the United States of America. The Bookseller of Kabul, her second, bestselling book, is an account of the time she spent living with an Afghan family in Kabul after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. 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 most recently Angel of Grozny: Inside Chechnya, an account of the time she spent in Chechnya after the war.