The Diagnosis

Gaarder, Jostein: Diagnosen

The short stories in this collection centre on classic humanistic thinking about man's place in the world, with reference to people in life's key phases: Death, love, art and catastrophe. The two frame stories are science-fiction-style tales with a philosophical perspective, while the remainder are consummately crafted intellectual stories in the shape of brief, poetically charged sketches. The author finds his characters beside a lake. They are by no means easy to handle and he even finds himself having to struggle with personalities of his own making. But who, exactly, is the author? And who are these characters? Are they living beings or are they not? Or are they actually more alive than the author himself?

Jostein Gaarder: Biography and bibliography

First published: 1986, Aschehoug Children and Young Adults

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Brazilian Portuguese Compania Das Letras
Chinese (simplified) The Writers Publishing House
Dutch Fontein
German Hanser
Greek Livani
Japanese NHK Publishing
Polish Jacek Santorski & Co
Russian Amphora
Spanish Siruela, Madrid

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