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Book review: One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Åsne Seierstad

By Jim Wolfreys  

breivikTranslated by Sarah Death,  (Virago, £16.99)

This depiction of Anders Breivik’s July 2011 massacre draws on interviews with those caught up in it, the killer’s own accounts and reports from police and social services.

The trajectory of Breivik’s life is situated within a broad social and historical sweep and meticulously entwined with portraits of some of his 77 victims, such as Bano Rashid, whose Kurdish family had found asylum in Norway from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Breivik emerges as a damaged child, who psychologists warned might develop serious problems if not removed from his…

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