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Jostein Gaarder

Norwegian author

1952   -  

genre: poetry
country of citizenship: Norway
languages spoken, written or signed: Norwegian
educated at: University of Oslo
occupation: writer, teacher, novelist, philosopher, children's writer, screenwriter
award received: Commander of the Order of St. Olav‎, Norwegian Booksellers' Prize, Peer Gynt Literary Award, Norwegian School Librarians Association Literature Award, Brage Prize honorary award

Jostein Gaarder (Norwegian: [ˈjùːstæɪn ˈɡòːɖər]; born 8 August 1952) 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 utilizes metafiction in his works and constructs stories within stories. His best known work is the novel Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy (1991). It has been translated into 60 languages; there are over 40 million copies in print.
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