Marte Michelet

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Marte Michelet, 2015

Marte Brekke Michelet (born 26 May 1975) is a Norwegian journalist, critic and non-fiction writer.

She is the daughter of novelist and politician Jon Michelet and Toril Brekke. They resided in Lindeberg, Oslo before her parents split up. Marte Michelet moved into an apartment in Oslo, that once had housed a young Jewish girl who was deported to Auschwitz.[1]

She started her career in RadiOrakel and as a journalist in NRK. In 2006 she was hired in Dagbladet, where she rose to political commentator. She was also at one point the restaurant critic Robinson & Fredag. She resigned in 2014 when moving with her former husband Ali Esbati to Sweden; he was elected as a member of Parliament there.[1]

In 2014 she released the book Den største forbrytelsen about the Holocaust in Norway, receiving rave reviews and promptly winning the Brage Prize.[2]


  1. ^ a b Lundgaard, Hilde (15 November 2014). "Michelet-stjernen". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). p. 30.
  2. ^ "Brageprisen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Retrieved 6 December 2014.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jorunn Folkvord
Leader of the Red Youth
Succeeded by
Wenche With
Preceded by
Steffen Kverneland
Recipient of the Brage Prize for prose
Succeeded by
Morten Strøksnes