Asne Seierstad

(Åsne Seierstad)

Asne Seierstad
Asne Seierstad
  • Born: February 10, 1970
  • Nationality: Norwegian
  • Profession: Broadcast Journalist, Author

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Åsne Seierstad is a Norwegian freelance journalist and writer, best known for her accounts of everyday life in war zones – most notably Kabul after 2001, Baghdad in 2002 and the ruined Grozny in 2006.

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As the only woman, I was able to sit with the officers in front, with a glass of vodka in one hand and a cucumber in the other. That's how I went to my first war. War & Peace
I will get a loan and pay the money the court asks for. But I will not lay down my writing and I still say this was an important book to write. Money, Coins & Minting
If I leave, reality will devour me. Then they will all really be dead.
If I lose, then I have to accept that my way of writing books is not the way society says it's okay to write. Society
If my name had not been cleared, it would have been difficult, perhaps impossible, to continue as a journalist.
If we can't understand the Afghan family, we can't understand Afghanistan. Families, Children & Parenting
The book came after the fall of the Taliban, it says something about Afghan family life. Those kind of stories - what happens behind the scenes on a TV screen - are important. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
The family is the single most important institution in Afghan culture. It is described in the country's constitution as the 'fundamental pillar of society'. Society ;Families, Children & Parenting
The judgment means a lot. As a journalist being accused of invading someone's privacy, there is always a risk that it will stick to your name.
There is nothing I would change - to change it I would have had to write a totally different book.
When I decided to stay in Iraq, I decided to take the fear out of my body and put it into a freezer.

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