Five Feet Under: A Father, a Daughter, and the Struggle to Survive.

Five Feet Under: A Father, a Daughter, and the Struggle to Survive.

Bjørn Asle Nord

Original title: Skredet - ein far, ei dotter og kampen for livet
Publisher: Samlaget , 2022
Genre: Narrative non - fiction
Pages: 181 pages

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On March 15, 2017, an enormous avalanche occurred near the mountain Gråskallen in Haugastøl, Norway. A party of six German tourists are out skiing in the area in the midst of a violent storm. Twenty-three-year-old Adina Lange is taken by the avalanche: she lies trapped a meter and a half under the snow and can only move a few fingers inside one mitten.

In Five Feet Under: My Daughter is Trapped under Five Feet of Snow the reader accompanies a father in his desperate search for his daughter Adina and her struggle to survive, but also the incredible efforts on the part of both volunteers and professionals who do everything in their power to save the young woman’s life.

Five Feet Under is a dramatic and moving story about a fight for survival in the Norwegian wilderness that involved volunteer heroes and highly skilled search and rescue dogs. The very best of Norwegian society is mobilized in the manner of people who step up to help others, who invest their free time and money in saving lives. What were the actual events of the rescue operation in Haugastøl and what were the experiences of all the six skiers? What was the subsequent impact on the lives of the father, the group of skiers, the helpers, and last but not least, Adina?

Foreign rights

Danish: Straarup & Co
Catalan: Símbol Cultura

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This is a book you should be proud of. A fantastic story, a good description, a beautiful and captivating read. My dear life-partner is going to read it. You have succeeded in depicting the interaction between volunteers and professionals. You have conveyed the full story and the ‘whole picture. Bloody well done!’

The leader of the organization The Norwegian Search and Rescue Dogs, Jim Olav Hansen

There are many books about the worst in human beings. Five Feet Under is a book about the best.

Per Straarup, Straarup & Co Publishing House, Denmark

An exceptional book! Intimate, a bit in the vein of ‘I am holding your heart in my hand.’ Lovely, sensitive descriptions of down-to-earth, yet extraordinary people, a balanced switching of perspectives and solid momentum throughout. I had to cry a bit and gained even more respect for both snow and volunteers. And life in general. Well done!

Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson, award-winning natural science author of the bestselling «The Planet of the Insects» (Insektenes planet)

Bjørn Asle Nord

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Bjørn Asle Nord works for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) with digital journalistic climate and nature stories and was a journalist for the newspaper Bergens Tidende for 28 years. Nord is known for both stories and investigative journalism of a very high caliber. Five Feet Under started as a successful journalistic work, a multi-award-winning article in Norway, and later published both in German and English. In 2018 it was the fifth most popular story by New York-based Narratively. Link text His previous book Gi meg heller livet. (Give me life instead. A documentary about military veterans in Norway), co-created with photographer Håvard Bjelland, was published in 2014. Nord lives in Bergen.

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