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The bookseller's suit gives record sales

The bookseller’s planned suit against Åsne Seierstad has lead to a massive sale increase of the book. “The Bookseller of Kabul” has sold more copies in Norway than any other book in its genre.

An angry bookseller was pictured on the front page of the paper VG just as the interest for “The Bookseller of Kabul” began to sink. According to the financial daily Dagens Næringsliv, since the article was published, Seierstad’s publisher Cappelen has ordered 35,000 new copies of the book.

The last edition of 10,000 copies was ordered yesterday afternoon. When these copies have made it into people’s bookshelves has Åsne Seierstad sold 200,000 copies, which makes “The Bookseller of Kabul” Norway’s most sold book in the documentary and non-fiction genre.

In other words, Seierstad has made a lot of money because of the fact that Shah Mohammad Rais is demanding compensation. The income from 200,000 sold copies is about NOK 45 million krone, according to Dagens Næringsliv.

The bookseller is presently in Norway to face the author. Seierstad admits that Shah Mohammad Rais’ reaction spoils some of the joy of having written a best seller book.

“It feels like that now, but he is staying a week, so I’m hoping that we will come to an agreement during this time,” Seierstad said.

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