Jostein Gaarder

Jostein Gaarder was born in Oslo in 1952. He holds a Master's degree from the University of Oslo, in the subjects of Norwegian, History of Ideas and Religious Studies. For many years he worked as a teacher in a high school, as well as at Fana Folkehøgskole. Before his fictional debut with "The Diagnosis and Other Stories" in 1986, Gaarder had already written a number of textbooks in religion and beliefs. His big breakthrough came in 1991 with the novel Sophie's World. It has been translated into 63 languages, and sold over 40 million copies - it was the world's best-selling fiction book in 1995 - and has become a movie, musical, television series, theater and knowledge game. Gaarder has received a number of literary awards in Norway and throughout the world. In 2005, the author was appointed commander of St. Olav's Order and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

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