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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Through a Glass, Darkly

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3.66 avg rating — 3,517 ratings — published 1996 — 47 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

Polls

February 2018 New School Poll

 
  59 votes, 16.7%

The Castle by Franz Kafka, 316 pages, 1926
 
  53 votes, 15.0%

 
  45 votes, 12.7%

 
  37 votes, 10.5%

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, 384 pages, 1956
 
  21 votes, 5.9%

The Wreath (book one of Kristin Lavransdatter) by Sigrid Undset, 305 pages, 1920
 
  19 votes, 5.4%

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 104 pages, 1941
 
  17 votes, 4.8%

Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder, 405 pages, 1991
 
  16 votes, 4.5%

Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor, 256 pages, 1952
 
  16 votes, 4.5%

 
  16 votes, 4.5%

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, 127 pages, 1923
 
  16 votes, 4.5%

The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather, 417 pages, 1915
 
  11 votes, 3.1%

The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher, 530 pages, 1987
 
  10 votes, 2.8%

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler, 216 pages, 1940
 
  9 votes, 2.5%

 
  8 votes, 2.3%

Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller, 357 pages, 1933
 
  1 vote, 0.3%

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