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Yahya Hassan's controversial poetry comes to Norway

Norwegian publisher Cappelen Damm publishes the controversial debut book of Yahya Hassan. The book stirred up a storm and led to several death threats in Denmark. The young author goes to Oslo, Norway on Monday 28th April with his bodyguards to read from his poetry collection.

  • Af Morten Holtum, Gyldendal

    Af Morten Holtum, Gyldendal

Yahya Hassan's book about confronting with his violent upbringing and his life as a juvenile criminal is now being published by the Norwegian publisher Cappelen Damm, which is partly owned by Egmont.

The poetry collection has sold more than 100,000 copies in Denmark and generated intense discussion as 18-year-old Yahya Hassan's poems criticise his parents and Islam. Yahya Hassan writes about an upbringing in the immigrant community in Aarhus with violence and abuse in the home, which ended with a forced removal from his parents when he was only 13 years old. He wants to confront his parent's generation and he accuses Islam of being hypocritical.

Yahya Hassan's honest and straightforward appearance has made him enemies. After the release of the poetry collection in Denmark in October 2013, Yahya Hassan received death threats and was assaulted in the street of Copenhagen. He now has to be surrounded by bodyguards when attending public events.

The publication is celebrated on Monday April 28th at Cappelen Damm, Aktersgata 47/49 in Oslo, with Yahya Hassan attending.