Åsne Seierstad


Åsne Seierstad

Åsne Seierstad (1970–) is a Norwegian journalist and author. She is the author of the bestselling books The Bookseller of Kabul about Afghanistan, 101 Days from the war in Iraq and With Their Backs to the World from Serbia. Graduated in Russian and philosophy at Oslo University, and worked as a foreign correspondent for several Scandinavian newspapers and TV-stations in Russia (1993-96), China (1997), The Balkans (1999-2001), Afghanistan (2001-02), Iraq (2003) and the US (2004). She is known for letting people speak for themselves, to tell their real stories, the stories we don't see on the news - stories that need time.

The Bookseller of Kabul:

  • No 3 in the paperback non-fiction bestseller list of The Sunday Times' chart covering all of 2004.
  • Also, No 18 in the Top 50 fastsellers of 2004 of The Guardian(list including both fiction and non-fiction)
  • As per 13 March 2005: One full year on the The Sunday Times paperback nonfiction charts.
  • On The New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list since publication.
    Book Sense Paperback Bestseller list: Top ten since publication

The Bookseller of Kabul was the best sold book in Norway 2002 and total print run world-wide is more than two million copies.

Åsne Seierstad has received a number of awards, among them are:

  • Best TV journalist, Norway 1999
  • Writer of the Year 2000, ELLE Magazine.
  • 2002 awarded the most prestigeous Free Speech award for "brave and independant war-reporting".
  • Nominated for The International Women's Media Foundation's 2002 Courage in Journalism Award.
  • Norminated for the most prestigeous Norwegian literary prize, BRAGE-PRISEN 2002.
  • Winner of the Prize of the Norwegian Booksellers 2002
  • Nominated for the 2003 Kurt Schork Award in International Jounralism
  • Winner of The Big Norwegian Prize for Journalism 2003
  • Winner of the prestigeous Italian ILARIA ALPI JOURNALISTIC AWARD 2003
  • Winner of the Norwegian Peer Gynt Award 2003
  • THE BOOKSELLER OF KABUL was shortlisted for the first Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year Award 2004.
  • Winner of EMMA (Ethnic Multicultural Media award) , London, May 2004
  • Prix de Libraires, France 2004

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