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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Jostein Gaarder

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Ryan March 27th, 2007 07:23 AM PST

This is a Norwegian author whose books have been translated into numerous languages. I read "The Solitaire Mystery" first and was hooked on his style. He combines psychology, philosophy, and mystery into each book.


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Jostein Gaarder (born August 8, 1952 in Oslo) is a Norwegian intellectual and author of several novels, short stories and children's books. Gaarder often writes from the perspective of children, exploring their sense of wonder about the world. He often uses metafiction in his works, writing stories within stories.

Gaarder was born into a pedagogical family. His best known work is the novel Sophie's World, subtitled A Novel about the History of Philosophy (ISBN 0-425-15225-1). This popular work has been translated into fifty-three languages; there are over thirty million copies in print,[1] with three million copies sold in Germany alone.

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