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Austbø with new Debussy plate

Pianist Håkon Austbø (pictured) continues his complete review of Claude Debussy's piano music, and now releases the double CD record Claude Debussy: The Complete Piano Music vol. II. The first record in the series was awarded with Spellemann nomination, and this time the tour has come to Debussy's 24 preludes and 12 stages. Austbø has just returned to Norway, after 40 years abroad, and on September 20 he will start a concert series at the Park Theater in Oslo.

The cultural history of the oil

Author Sonia Shah goes through the complex history of the oil in the book Crude – The Story of Oil, which has just been released at the publisher Seven Stories Press. Shah merges science, economics, politics and social history in a journey around the globe, where we meet both hopeful oil barons, Nigerian women who have stormed a Chevron refinery and monomaniacal scientists.

Record circulation for Pondus

Autumn's book winner can already be named. Where Lars Saabye Christensen has to settle for a first edition of 20 for Models, Frode Øverli clicks to 60 copies of Pondus: Five right (Pictured). This is the fifth collection of newspaper series starring the lovable bus driver, and the first four books have already sold around 200.

A peace warrior tells

"This is a book about organized violence in the world," it says A warrior for peace – A life for defense, freedom and peace by Bjørn Egge. The author sat in German concentration camp during World War II and has since experienced a long career in the Armed Forces. There he was deputy to the Secretary of Defense, 16 years in the intelligence service and press spokesman in the 1970s, before becoming a president in both the Red Cross and the World War Veterans Association during his retirement years. "Bjørn Egge's life is the story of being in service to the good cause," writes Thorvald Stoltenberg in the preface.

Swedish Nazism

Heléne Lööw has been researching Swedish national socialism for 20 years, and now the result here is in the form of the book Nazism in Sweden 1924-1979 – The pioneers, the parties, propaganda. The Nazi parties in Sweden never experienced parliamentary success, but could point to extensive activity at the grassroots – especially in the 1930s. In the book, Lööw unravels the story, and shows how the Nazi and extremist nationalist legacy is carried on from decade to decade.

New electronics hope

In the perpetual history of Norwegian musicians who are noticing abroad, we have come today to the Deaf Center (the picture), a duo consisting of Erik K. Skodvin and Otto A. Totland. They are virtually unknown here at home, but are now releasing their debut album Pale Ravine on English Type Records. There they are in the same stable as cult heroes like Khonnor and Goldmund, and the music – it's low-key, atmospheric and experimental electronics.

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