Karl Ove Knausgaard On A Mass Murderer

In The New Yorker, Norway's great self chronicler writes very movingly on the world of Anders Behring Breivik, who is the subject of Åsne Seierstad’s One of Us.

"That is where we should direct our attention, to the collapse within the human being which these actions represent, and which makes them possible. Killing another person requires a tremendous amount of distance, and the space that makes such distance possible has appeared in the midst of our culture. It has appeared among us, and it exists here, now."