Jostein Gaarder (born 1952) is a Norwegian intellectual and author of several novels, short stories and books for children and young adults. Gaarder often writes from the perspective of children, exploring their sense of wonder about the world. He often utilizes metafiction in his works, writing stories within stories.


His best known work is Sophie’s World, a Novel About

the History of Philosophy (1991). It has been translated into 64 languages and has sold more than 50 million copies. Also his other novels for adults and young adults such as The Solitaire Mystery, Through a Glass, Darkly, Vita Brevis, The Ringmaster’s Daughter, The Orange Girl, The World According to Anna, and

The Puppeteer have been published on a worldwide basis.


Jostein Gaarder lives in Oslo with his wife Siri.