Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy

Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy


By (author) Jostein Gaarder, Translated by Paulette Moller

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The international bestseller about life, the universe and everything. When 14-year-old Sophie encounters a mysterious mentor who introduces her to philosophy, mysteries deepen in her own life. Why does she keep getting postcards addressed to another girl? Who is the other girl? And who, for that matter, is Sophie herself? To solve the riddle, she uses her new knowledge of philosophy, but the truth is far stranger than she could have imagined. A phenomenal worldwide bestseller, SOPHIE'S WORLD sets out to draw teenagers into the world of Socrates, Descartes, Spinoza, Hegel and all the great philosophers. A brilliantly original and fascinating story with many twists and turns, it raises profound questions about the meaning of life and the origin of the universe.

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Author information

Jostein Gaarder is the author of Sophie's World, the bestselling book in the world in 1995. It has been translated into 55 languages and has sold over 30 million copies. He is the author of many other bestselling, beloved novels including The Solitaire Mystery, The Christmas Mystery, Vita Brevis, Through a Glass Darkly, Maya, The Ringmaster's Daughter, The Orange Girl and The Castle in the Pyrenees. In the UK and Commonwealth alone, his books have sold over 2.5 million copies. He was born in Oslo in 1952 and lives there now with his wife and two sons.

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"First, think a beginner's guide to philosophy . . . Next, imagine a fantasy novel--something like a modern-day version of "Through the Looking Glass". Meld these disparate genres, and what do you get? Well, what you get is an improbable international bestseller . . . [A] tour de force." --"Time"

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Fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen finds two questions in her mailbox: 'Who are you?' and 'Where does the world come from?'. This lights a blaze of curiosity in her brain. She soon becomes involved in a tour through Western philosophy guided by a mysterious mentor, Alberto Knox. Originally intending to write a school book for young people, Norwegian philosophy teacher Jostein Gaarder found himself creating a fantasy whereby Sophie and Alberto begin to doubt their own material existence. Why does Sophie receive letters addressed to a girl called Hilde? Woven into an admirably accessible short history of Western philosophy is a mystery story about Sophie, a lively schoolgirl and Hilde, her alter ego. The result is a remarkable book with overtones of Lewis Carroll and Tom Stoppard, which headed bestseller lists around the world. (Kirkus UK)