A box of Ltin manuscripts comes to light in an Argentine flea market. An apocyphral invention by some 17th or 18th century scolar, or a transcrpit 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'sinterpretation of Floria's letter is as playful, inventive and questioning as Sophie's World.
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.