Thursday, December 9

Abid Raja receives the Bookstore Award for the book «My guilt»

Left-wing politician and former Minister of Culture Abid Raja (V) receives the Bookstore Award 2021 for the book «My guilt».

According to the booksellers, Abid Raja’s book “My Guilt” is the brutally honest story of Raja’s turbulent class journey, his many years of struggle for love and the painful liberation from shame, guilt and alienation.

– On behalf of Norwegian booksellers, I want to thank you for this important and well-written book. This was a reading experience that surprises and touches, and I hope “My guilt – A story of liberation” gets many readers, it deserves it, says Anne Schiøtz in the Book Dealers Association in a press release about the award.

Every year, employees at bookstores across the country vote for their favorite among this year’s Norwegian books.

This year, Raja’s book was one of ten nominees. He writes in a comment that he is deeply grateful to have been promoted in this way by the booksellers.

– When I was a child, it was the librarians who created the joy of reading for me. They and the booksellers have a lot in common, they open up a universe for readers, readers who need guidance. But more importantly, they open up the curiosity of those who come by. Therefore, being nominated for this award by the booksellers is something that touches me emotionally. Because they are not only connoisseurs of literature, but they are also up to date on what is most important here and now in our time, says Raja.

The bookstore prize is awarded this year for the 51st time. In total, booksellers voted for 190 different titles this year.

The prize often goes to fiction books. The last time a non-fiction book was awarded the Bookstore Prize was in 2002, when Åsne Seierstad won with «The Bookstore in Kabul». The prize winner receives the bronze statuette “Thank you for the book” by sculptor Nils Aas.

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