Publisher to release contested book on Breivik

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The Norwegian publishing company Aschehoug has decided to go ahead with release of a book based on conversations with the mother of convicted terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. The book has stirred controversy because Breivik’s mother tried to halt publication of her comments, before she died of cancer last year.

Wenche Behring Breivik had earlier spent hours with former NRK journalist Marit Christensen, and Christensen claims Breivik wanted her story to come out. Breivik later apparently changed her mind and even hired a lawyer shortly before she died in an effort to stop the book.

The terrorist himself, now serving what’s expected to be a life term in prison, and his sister, who lives in the US, agreed with the efforts to prevent publication of their mother’s story. “Our goal is to stop information that comes from Wenche Behring Breivik, not the book itself,” lawyer Hans Marius Graasvold told Aftenposten.no. Officials at Aschehoug, meanwhile, told Aftenposten they’re publishing the book because “it’s good and an important book to publish.” Its release is set for November 15.

newsinenglish.no staff