Jostein Gaarder





Jostein Gaarder


Born
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
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Sophie's World

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3.86 avg rating — 130,070 ratings — published 1995 — 217 editions
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The Orange Girl

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3.90 avg rating — 13,532 ratings — published 2003 — 80 editions
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Through a Glass, Darkly

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3.79 avg rating — 4,795 ratings — published 1993 — 49 editions
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The Christmas Mystery

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3.69 avg rating — 4,041 ratings — published 1992 — 57 editions
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Maya

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3.59 avg rating — 3,626 ratings — published 1999 — 50 editions
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The Ringmaster's Daughter

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Vita Brevis: A Letter to St...

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3.64 avg rating — 2,937 ratings — published 1996 — 41 editions
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Hello? Is Anybody There?

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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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