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Debate books include the bestseller lists, but is the public enriched or have the books been tabloidized?


[media] Debate books have been a favorite source for newspaper headlines this spring. Håvard Mælnes 'An ordinary day at work, Magnus Marsdal's Frp code and Hallgrim Berg's American letter all debuted in first place on the Book Dealers' Association's bestseller list.

- Spring is traditionally a good time for non-fiction books, as there are fewer books to compete with, explains Silje Utkilen, information manager at Kagge publishing house.

This spring has nevertheless been exceptionally good.

- Reflects weak politics

The publishers of Mælnes and Marsdal, respectively Erling Kagge in Kagge Forlag and Håkon Kolmannskog in the newly founded Forlaget Manifest, are naturally very pleased when we meet them for debate. Although the political standpoint and temperature this hot June day should signal a heated conversation, they surprisingly agree when it comes to publishing.

- One of the reasons why there are many debate books now, is that it is so bad. There is a lot of questionable political management, Kagge believes.

Kolmannskog is also not very proud of the red-green government, and criticizes politicians' lack of glow.

- When ministers and politicians make speeches, it is either to put debates and issues dead, or to brag. Things are not at stake for them, and their posts become boring.

- And then they do not even write them themselves, Kagge adds.

None of them were significantly satisfied with the Bondevik government either, and Kagge believes it carried out little recognizable bourgeois policy. It may seem that the lack of clear divides and thorough debates between politicians has therefore opened the public up to other stakeholders.

Many journals have received increased attention in recent years, and Kolmannskog says that Manifest was inspired by this and worked on his own magazine Demo.

- We saw that there were many cases that received attention in the press, and that could be written longer and more about.

They are not worried about the timeliness of the books beyond the quality.

- There is rather a shortage of relevant books, Kolmannskog believes.

- The books we have published the fastest have generally received good reviews, Kagge points out and continues:

- There is not necessarily a connection between. . .

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