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Norway killings bear spooky similarity to 1989 book

Crime novelist Jon Michelet has written several books on Norway’s far-right extremism. In one, a 1989 novel called “Thygesen’s Terrorist,” he depicted a massacre carried out on an island near Oslo by a disturbed far-right extremist.

After the recent tragedy on the island of Utoya, Michelet is spooked by the similarities between his book and the actions of Anders Behring Breivik, the Telegraph reports.

“It is terrible and terrifying that fiction became a grim reality in Utoya,” Michelet told the Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

He said his book “was a warning that the warped political theories based on conspiracies and hatred can lead individuals to commit extreme acts.”

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Steven Levingston is the nonfiction editor of The Washington Post. He is author of “Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris” (Doubleday, 2014) and “The Kennedy Baby: The Loss that Transformed JFK” (Washington Post eBook, 2013).


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