Kathe - Always Been in Norway - Oslo Literary Agency

The original norwegian edition presented on the Oslo Literary Agency web site.

Praise for the Norwegian version of Kathe - Always Been in Norway (2003) in VG:

"This talented, literary pedagogue manages to portray the many by telling of an individual. Kathe’s story will be the story of the Norwegian Jews. It is gripping reading (…) Søbye’s book is a worthy addition to our body of war literature"



In 2017:

"Kathe - Always Been in Norway" was named the second-best Norwegian non-fiction published after 1945 in the category of biographies by the members of the Norwegian Non-fiction Writers and Translators Association.



In 2018:

"Kathe - Always Been in Norway" was selected to be one of the 10 best Scandinavian non-fiction books published after year 2000. The jury consisted of nine distinguished critics, writers and researchers but together by the newspapers Morgenbladet, Aftonbladet, Weekendavisen, Broen.xyz. a.o., in collaboration with Norwegian Literature festival.



Sarpsborg Arbeiderblad:

"The reader will also be impressed by the way this superlative biography demonstrates that sources can be used stringently to portray “ordinary” people’s lives and times, not just the lives of celebrities"



Adresseavisa:

"An exciting book about the fate of a normal person caught up in the maelstrom of history"



Dagbladet:

"Espen Søbye’s book is a heart-rending, but thoroughly clear-headed record"



VG:

"This talented, literary pedagogue manages to portray the many by telling of an individual. Kathe’s story will be the story of the Norwegian Jews. It is gripping reading (…) Søbye’s book is a worthy addition to our body of war literature" (VG)



Aftenposten:

"The book is a unique record of a person’s life, a person only allowed to live for fifteen years. What’s more, its themes, methods and approach make it an unusually important addition to research into the Nazi occupation of Norway (…) An episode in the history of the occupation – the persecution of the Jews – has now been recorded and elucidated better than ever before"



"Norway has found her Anne Frank"

Aftenposten, Nov. 2003



“…a heart-rending, but thoroughly clear-headed documentation.”

Dagbladet, Dec 1. 2003 (Halvor Elvik, book reviewer)



“Søbye’s portrait of Kathe Lasnik is not just a powerful book; it is also a kind of necessity.”

Klassekampen, Dec 2003