Questions Asked


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Published: Coming May 9, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-914671-66-4 eISBN: 978-0-914671-67-1

Book Description

Best known for his highly acclaimed novel Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder writes for both children and adults. Yet his work for younger readers does not shy away from philosophical problems. In Questions Asked, Gaarder poses a list of questions about human life and the world around us: Where does the world come from? Can anyone know what I think? How do my legs go where I want them to go while my mind is elsewhere? Can anyone do real magic tricks? Can I love another person as I love myself? These answerless questions merge with the beautiful illustrations of Akin Düzakin, two-time winner of the Brage Prize, into a tale of friendship, love, and grief – and of daring to think about life as you live it.

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The text and pictures are inseparable. Unless you want to miss the story completely, you cannot skip one or the other. It is beautiful – incredibly beautiful!

Pages d'encre

[Akin Düzakin] plays with our feelings and thoughts, obliging us to question ourselves, to reflect not only on the story of the boy in his illustrations, but – almost in spite of us – on our own story, too... You should read the text and pictures separately, at first, then together, then start over again and again to grasp the incredible force of this book and to savor every one of its subtleties.


Wonderful... This book is a kid’s perfect philosophical companion. Here you can experience the joy of thinking and the growth of wisdom, imagination, and human values.

Literatur Magazin

Gaarder and Düzakin prove themselves to be an evenly matched pair. Both of them succeed in opening spaces for thought and association; both of them prompt us, with this clever, poetic, and lightly melancholic book, to find our own answers to existential questions.


A book that fosters commonality and that brings us closer together.

Luxemburger Wort

Philosophical themes intertwine in this illustrated story that speaks to us of friendship, being, love, the unknown, fear, and the courage we need to live our own lives and know what and who we really are.

El Mar de tinta


A marvellously rich book. Its success boils down to something quite simple - Gaarder's gift for communicating ideas.

The Guardian

Challenging, informative and packed with easily grasped, and imitable, ways of thinking about difficult ideas.


Remarkable...what Jostein Gaarder has managed to do is condense 3000 years of thought into 400 pages; to simplify some extremely complicated arguments without trivialising extraordinary achievement.

Sunday Times

A whimsical and ingenious mystery novel that also happens to be a history of philosophy... What is admirable in the novel is the utter unpretentiousness of the philosophical lessons.

Washington Post