Sophie's World

A Novel About the History of Philosophy

by Jostein Gaarder, Paulette Møller

Series: FSG Classics

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  • 9780374530716
  • 9781466804272

One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" Before she knows it she is enrolled in a correspondence course with a mysterious philosopher. Thus begins Jostein Gaarder's unique novel, which is not only a mystery, but also a complete and entertaining history of philosophy.


  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux; March 2007
  • ISBN: 9781466804272
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Sophie's World
  • Series: FSG Classics
  • Author: Jostein Gaarder; Paulette Møller (trans.)
  • Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780374530716
  • 9781466804272

In The Press

“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

“This book contains a novel mantra for those days when the world gets in your face.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Extraordinary…read it for yourself.” —Newsweek

“A simply wonderful, irresistible book...a cross between Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy and Alice in Wonderland.” —Daily Telegraph

Sophie's World is sheer delight. How I wish I'd had it during my college freshman survey of philosophy!” —Madeleine L'Engle


About The Author

Jostein Gaarder was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1952. He taught high-school philosophy for several years before publishing a collection of short stories in 1986 and, shortly thereafter, his first two novels, The Solitaire Mystery and Sophie's World, and several others since then. He lives in Oslo with his family.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780374530716
  • 9781466804272