It's almost Christmas. Cecilia lies sick in bed as her family bustle around her to make her last Christmas as special as possible. Cecilia has cancer. An angel steps through her window. So begins a spirited and engaging series of conversations between Cecelia and her angel. As the sick girl thinks about her life and prepares for her death, she changes subtly, in herself and in her relationships with her family. Jostein Gaarder is a profoundly optimistic writer, who writes about death with wisdom, compassion and an enquiring mind. 'Through a Glass, Darkly' will not only bring comfort to the bereaved. It will move and amaze everyone who reads it.
Jostein Gaarder was born in Oslo in 1952. A former Professor of Philosophy, he now writes full time.
Following the phenomenal success of Sophie's World - which has been translated into 55 languages and sold over 30 million copies worldwide - ten of his novels have been translated into English, including The Solitaire Mystery, Vita Brevis and The Orange Girl.
He lives in Oslo with his wife, and has two grown-up sons.