[book] It was former editor-in-chief of Ny Tid, Dag Herbjørnsrud, who contacted Shah Muhammad Rais last summer. The bookstore in Kabul was then given column space in Ny Tid's previous paper edition, and from January in the current news magazine.
It was the same Herbjørnsrud, current development editor of Ny Tid, who met Rais last week to show the Afghan what his column looked like in print in Ny Tid. He was the one sitting at the table when the contract was signed at 23.14 Monday night, and it was he who sat at the winning table at the press conference the next day.
- We have created press history by becoming Norway's first news magazine. Now we have been involved in creating publishing history, says Herbjørnsrud.
Although it apparently became dramatic at Rais' press conference, with the change of lawyer and Aschehoug's latest attempt to persuade the bookseller, the foundation for the collaboration was laid early. It also emphasized Rais himself.
- I have long had contact with Ny Tid, and with Damm as owner, it was a natural choice, says the bookseller.
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