How could Anders Behring Breivik - a middle-class boy from the West End of Oslo - end up as one of the most violent terrorists in post-war Europe? Where did his hatred come from?
In A Norwegian Tragedy, Aage Borchgrevink attempts to provide an answer. Taking us with him to the multiethnic and class-divided city where Breivik grew up, he follows the perpetrator of the attacks into an unfamiliar online world of violent computer games and anti-Islamic hatred, and demonstrates the connection between Breivik’s childhood and the darkest pages of his 1500-page manifesto.
This is the definitive story of 22 July 2011: a Norwegian tragedy.
1 The Explosion 1
2 Bacardi Razz 7
3 A West End Family: Anders Behring Breivik’s Childhood 25
4 Morning on Utøya 45
5 Morg the Graffiti Bomber: Anders Behring Breivik’s Youth 59
6 The ‘Mother of the Nation’ Returns to Utøya 94
7 Andrew Berwick and Avatar Syndrome 111
8 The Safest Place in Norway 148
9 The Book Launch 161
10 Survivors 181
11 Rescuers 197
12 What Is Happening in Norway? 210
13 Anders Behring Breivik’s Seventy-Five Minutes on Utøya 226
14 Hatred 247