The former Norwegian diplomat who’s the father of convicted mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has written a book about his relationship to his son, his publisher Arve Juritzen confirmed on Wednesday. Juritzen also said that Jens Breivik has had contact with his son during the course of the book project.
The book project was first reported by radio station P4 on Tuesday, and confirmed at Juritzen Forlag’s presentation of new books coming out this autumn. Jens Breivik, once a high-ranking diplomat in Norway’s foreign ministry, was not present at the Juritzen presentation.
State broadcaster NRK reported that the younger Breivik, who killed 77 persons during his attacks on Norway’s Labour Party-led government on July 22, 2011, was not allowed to read any portions of the book. He is currently serving the longest prison term allowed in Norway, but may be held for life if judges perceive him to continue to be a threat to the public.
The elder Breivik, who had divorced his wife and moved abroad, has earlier spoken to the media and later complained about other books featuring his son and ex-wife, who struggled with poor economy during their children’s upbringing. She died last year. Jens Breivik’s book is entitled Min skyld? En fars historie (My fault? A father’s story) and is due out in October.