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Case Prose: April



Sun Heidi Sæbø:
Kim Jong-Un. A shadow portrait of a dictator
Cappelen Damm, Norway

Author and journalist Sun Heidi Sæbø wrote in 2015 Kim's play, a book about the major political game between South and North Korea, with parts of the action added to Oslo. The title Kim's play refers to Kim Il-sung, who led the Communist Labor Party and was the head of North Korea's establishment in 1948, and to his death in 1994. In his new book, which now appeared in 2018, Sæbø goes up the traces of the murder of Kim Il-sung's grandson, Kim Jong-nam. Jong-nam died after being exposed to a higher dose of nerve poison at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 13. February 2017. Soon after the killing, Jong-nam's half-brother, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, was among the suspects.

Serhij Lesjchenko:
Growth and Fall of the Oligarchs – Fight Against Corruption in Ukraine
Pax Forlag, Norway

Lesjchenko is a former grave journalist and received the Fritt Ord and ZEIT-Stiftung's press award in 2013 for Russia and Eastern Europe. From 2002 to 2014 he covered corruption for the newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda. In 2016, Fritt Ord supported the translation of the book, which has now been published in Norwegian. The publisher writes: Ukraine is one of the poorest living countries in Europe, but with a huge wealth for the few at the top. The growth and fall of the oligarchs consists of two books in which author Serhij Leshchenko reveals how Ukraine's political elite cheats on money and power. Here, cynical power struggle, fraud, conspiracies and bank accounts in the Bahamas are revealed.

Byung-Chul Han:
Saving Beauty
Polity Press, England / USA

"The pretty" is ubiquitous in the digital age, but has therefore also lost its substance, the author of Saving Beauty. Korean-born Byung-Chul He is a professor of philosophy and cultural studies at a university in Berlin. He starts the book by saying, “The smooth is the signature of our time. It ties together sculptures of Jeff Koon with the iPhone and Brazilian wax. Why do we look at the polished / pretty as beautiful? ' And at the end of Saving Beauty we can read that the author thinks that we are facing a crisis today. Saving the beautiful is about saving the one who commits. Between the introduction and the book's final call, the author enters into a discussion of the topic, seen in the light of a number of thinkers who have devoted aesthetics to their authorship. Among many are Plato, Roland Barthes, Edmund Burke, Immanuel Kant and Simone Weil. This is how He wants to make us conscious as we now unconsciously highlight the polished expressions in search of another likeness.

Kaisa Ytterhaug
Kaisa Ytterhaug
Ytterhaug is a freelancer in Ny Tid.

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