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Jostein Gaarder | Biography

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Jostein Gaarder was born in Oslo, Norway on August 8, 1952. His parents, both educators, instilled in him a lifelong love of learning and teaching. He studied the history of ideas, religious philosophy, and literature at university before becoming a high school philosophy teacher. He also married Siri Dannevig and had two sons. Following in his author mother's footsteps, he began writing for children, publishing his first book of short stories, called The Diagnosis and Other Stories, in 1986.

Sophie's World was his breakout novel, first published in Norway in 1991 and then translated into English for publication in 1995. Sophie's World went on to be published in 60 languages, with more than 40 million copies in print around the world. Gaarder wrote Sophie's World to bring philosophy to younger audiences because he felt there was a lack of engaging books on the subject. Sophie's World has often been used as a philosophy textbook. Other works available in English include The Solitaire Mystery (1990) and Through a Glass, Darkly (1993).

Gaarder's work is characterized by metafictional techniques that question the relationship between fiction and reality and often explores a childlike sense of wonder about the world. He is an environmental activist, even going so far as to establish an environmental development prize called Sophie Prize. It was awarded from 1997 until its planned end in 2013.

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