Jostein Gaarder

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Jostein Gaarder (born August 8, 1952) is a Norwegian author of novels, short stories, and children's books.

Gaarder was born in Oslo, Norway, into a pedagogical family. He studied Scandinavian languages and theology at the University of Oslo. For a while, before launching his writing career, he taught philosophy.

His best known work is the novel Sophie's World, subtitled A Novel about the History of Philosophy (ISBN 0425152251). This popular work has been translated into fifty-three languages; there are twenty-six 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 = 77,000 ), awarded annually. It is named after the novel Sophie's World.

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