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The greater forest biotope of interdependent species

Nature: John W. Reid, Thomas E. Lovejoy: Ever Green: Saving Big Forests to Save the Planet
What about the world's last five megaforests and the people who live in them? The intact forest landscapes are of inestimable importance for the climate.

Rabulist, literary researcher, politician and poet

Biography: Alfred Fidjestøl: Deep down in my heart I have my sense. The biography of Georg Johannesen
"He who is not mad in his own way must participate in the collective madness." This is one of Georg Johannesen's (1931–2005) most apt self-characteristics, writes Alfred Fidjestøl in a new biography of the poet, politician and professor of rhetoric.

The women who travel to the Islamic State

The IS brides: Kristin Solberg: The other
Both victims of and renegade supporters of the terrorist organization IS claim that this "state" will rise again, and journalists and experts support the claim. But how many victims' stories are needed before IS loses its appeal to individuals? What about Aisha Shezadi Kausar?

For the lazy, greedy and sinful

Dante Alighieri: Kristin Flood: Dante's Inferno. For the lazy, greedy and sinful
Kristin Flood's Inferno is a truly creative addition to the Dante literature in Norwegian.

The new right wing's historical development and network

Fascism: Mathias Hee Pedersen: Fascists in sheep's clothing? The identitarian movement, the New Right and right-wing radicalism in the 21st century
In his extensive studies, Hee Pedersen has mapped the political currents of the right wing with a focus on ethnicity and brought them into a historical context

A collective memory of growing up

ROM: All photos by photographer/author Iris Maria Tusa,: Childhood Memories
Alongside our large-scale visual culture, Iris Maria Tusa has a rare photography book about Roma people – here we see how childhood shapes us, and later we shape our image of childhood.

A trap of neutrality

SYRIA: Carsten Wieland IB: Syria and the Neutrality Trap. The Dilemmas of Delivering Humanitarian Aid through Violent Regimes
Carsten Wieland uncovers a large number of mistakes in the Western donor countries' handling of the humanitarian crisis during the Syrian civil war. He also mentions how rebel forces have deliberately starved local people to attract aid: Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Rwanda.

To stop plastic waste

ECOLOGY: Alice Mah: Plastic Unlimited. How Corporations Are Fueling the Ecological Crisis and What We Can Do About It
In the future, plastics will be the largest driver for continued oil demand – with almost half of global oil demand by 2050.

The victims of the Sicilian mafia

FALCON: Robert Saviano: Solo è il corraggio
A few days after Italy marked the 30th anniversary of the massacres of Judge Giovanni Falcone and his entourage and Assistant Judge Paolo Borsellino, Italian author Roberto Saviano presents a novel about the case.

Thinking about the planet

ECOLOGY: Anders Dunkers: Thinking about the planet
With the planet as an anchor point, various themes are highlighted here – growth and non-growth, the anthropocene and our understanding of nature, tipping points, disasters and possible futures, geoengineering, fabulous animals and biopolitics.

To stop plastic waste

ECOLOGY: Alice Mah: Plastic Unlimited. How Corporations Are Fueling the Ecological Crisis and What We Can Do About It
In the future, plastics will be the largest driver for continued oil demand – with almost half of global oil demand by 2050.

To cultivate soil health

ECOLOGY: Marit Bendz, Oddleiv Apneseth: Happy animals and living soil
Marit Bendz has met gardeners, agronomists, farmers and enthusiasts who in various ways run an agriculture contrary to government recommendations.

Societies that prioritize care

CARE: Talia Schaffer: Communities of Care: The Social Ethics of Victorian Fiction
If you think reading 1800th-century British novels has little to do with the current political situation, you are wrong. Talia Schaffer shows how our thinking about care, help and health work already existed in the middle of the Victorian era.

Ethics in the time of the climate crisis

ECOLOGY: Arne Johan Vetlesen, Jan-Olav Henriksen: Ethics in the time of the climate crisis
Despite this book's general critique of anthropocentrism, one could go even further in practicing an ecocentric ethic.

The Mystery of Vladimir Putin

SPIN DICTATOR: Sergei Guriev, Daniel Treisman: Spin Dictators. The Changing Face of Tyranny in the 21st Century
After dictators left their mark on the 20th century with indescribable crimes, it can be difficult to understand how the authoritarian forms of government have made an apparent return in our time.

In the direction of the totalitarian

PRE-FASCISM: Timothy Snyder, illustrator Nora Krug, translates John Grande: About tyranny: Twenty things we can learn from the twentieth century
Timothy Snyder's little textbook on tyranny – written for society "between Hitler and Stalin" – lies between patriotic obedience and political disobedience. The book is still current.