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    • ISBN:9780297864721
    • Publication date:25 Nov 2010

Vita Brevis

By Jostein Gaarder

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A playful and inventive work from the bestselling author of SOPHIE'S WORLD.

A playful and inventive work from the bestselling author of SOPHIE'S WORLD.

A box of Latin manuscripts comes to light in an Argentine flea market. An apocryphal invention by some 17th or 18th century scolar, or a transcript of what it appears to be - a hitherto unheard of letter to St Augustine to a woman he renounced for chastity? VITA BREVIS is both an entrancing human document and a fascinating insight into the life and philosophy of St.Augustine. Gaarder's interpretation of Floria's letter is as playful, inventive and questioning as SOPHIE'S WORLD.

Biographical Notes

JOSTEIN GAARDER was born in Oslo in 1952.
SOPHIE'S WORLD, the first of his books to be published in English, has been translated into 60 languages and has sold over 40 million copies.
He is the author of many other bestselling, beloved novels and children's books.
He lives in Oslo with his family.

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  • ISBN: 9780753804612
  • Publication date: 05 Oct 2000
  • Page count: 176
  • Imprint: W&N
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