(Norwegian, 1952– )
A high school teacher in philosophy in the Norwegian town of Bergen, Gaarder writes primarily for teenagers, and is a firm believer in the importance for young people of an understanding of religion and philosophy. His breakthrough came with Sophie's World (1991), an international best-seller which has been translated into over twenty languages and adapted into a feature film. The novel follows 15-year-old Sophie's mind- expanding journey after she is introduced by a mystery mentor to fundamental questions such as ‘who am I?’ and ‘where does the world come from?’ Through a skilful blend of philosophical information and narrative she—and we—are drawn into an exploration of the great philosophies of the Western world, and of the nature of philosophy itself.
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