Bibbi Bokken's Magic Library

Gaarder, Jostein and Klaus Hagerup: Bibbi Bokkens magiske bibliotek

Nils lives in Oslo and his friend Berit in Fjærland. They keep in touch by means of a 'letter-book' which they send back and forth. In Fjærland they once met a strange woman who called herself Bibbi Bokken. One day Berit finds a letter that has fallen out of Bibbi's handbag. In it there is talk of a book she has which is to be released the following year. Who has written this strange letter? And how can anyone possess a book that has yet to be published? And who is Bibbi Bokken? Clearly, she collects books, but what does she do with them all? Nils and Berit realise that they are not only looking for a mysterious book - they are also trying to find the magic library the book is about. Perhaps the key to the mystery lies with Bresani, the deaf proprietor of a secondhand bookshop in Rome. Another key figure is creepy 'Smiler'. There are two other people involved, too, Aslaug and Reinert Bruun, who know more about the matter than they are prepared to admit. But Nils and Berit can't be thought-readers, surely? Their quest for the magic library takes Nils and Berit on a journey through the world of books. It all began thousands of years ago when written letters first saw the light of day...

Praise for Bibbi Bokken's Magic Library:

"Gaarder and Hagerup have written the probably best book to date on books and reading. It is a book for Young adults, but with its happy combination of suspense, humour and great wisdom it has become a wonderful and important read, also for grown-up readers, Gabriele Haefs has given the German audience a special gift through her absolutely fantastic translation"
(Oldenburgische Volkszeitung)

"Love letters to books and writing. As one of the character writes: "I do know that most books have not yet been written and that in 25 letters more is hidden than in the brain of any person on Earth"
(Ruhr Nachricht)

Jostein Gaarder: Biography and bibliography
Klaus Hagerup: Biography and bibliography

First published: 1993, Aschehoug Children and Young Adults

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Brazilian Portuguese Companhia Das Letras
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Greek Livani
Indonesian Mizan
Italian Longanesi
Japanese NHC
Korean Hyonam
Polish J. Santorski
Portuguese Presenca
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