Jostein Gaarder

Jostein Gaarder is a Norwegian author best known for his novel 'Sophie's World' ('Sofies verden'), a philosophical novel that became an international bestseller. He was born on August 8, 1952, in Oslo, Norway. Gaarder often writes from the perspective of children, exploring their sense of wonder about the world. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 1994.


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  1. 1. Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy

    "Sophie's World" is a unique and intriguing novel that intertwines the narrative of a young girl named Sophie with a comprehensive history of Western philosophy. Sophie begins receiving mysterious letters from an unknown philosopher and gradually becomes engrossed in the world of philosophy. The book uses Sophie's journey to explore philosophical concepts and theories, from ancient to modern times, in an accessible and engaging way, making it an excellent introduction to the subject for readers of all ages.

    The 905th Greatest Book of All Time