Jostein Gaarder





Jostein Gaarder

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in Oslo, Norway
August 08, 1952

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Jostein Gaarder is a Norwegian intellectual and author of several novels, short stories and children's books. Gaarder often writes from the perspective of children, exploring their sense of wonder about the world. He often uses metafiction in his works, writing stories within stories.

Gaarder was born into a pedagogical family. His best known work is the novel Sophie's World, subtitled A Novel about the History of Philosophy. This popular work has been translated into fifty-three languages; there are over thirty million copies in print, with three million copies sold in Germany alone.

In 1997, he established the Sophie Prize together with his wife Siri Dannevig. This prize is an international environment and development prize (USD 100,000 = 7...more


Average rating: 3.83 · 131,175 ratings · 7,311 reviews · 32 distinct works · Similar authors
Sophie's World
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 94,591 ratings — published 1991 — 195 editions
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The Solitaire Mystery
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The Orange Girl
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 8,433 ratings — published 2003 — 65 editions
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Through a Glass, Darkly
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 3,389 ratings — published 1993 — 43 editions
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Maya
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 2,720 ratings — published 1999 — 43 editions
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The Christmas Mystery
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 2,879 ratings — published 1992 — 48 editions
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The Ringmaster's Daughter
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Vita Brevis: A Letter to St...
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 2,216 ratings — published 1996 — 38 editions
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Hello? Is Anybody There?
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 1,307 ratings — published 1996 — 31 editions
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Perpustakaan Ajaib Bibbi Bo...
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 1,258 ratings — published 1993 — 21 editions
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“Wisest is she who knows she does not know.”
Jostein Gaarder, Sophie's World

“How terribly sad it was that people are made in such a way that they get used to something as extraordinary as living.”
Jostein Gaarder, The Solitaire Mystery

“It's not a silly question if you can't answer it.”
Jostein Gaarder, Sophie's World

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