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The Castle in the Pyrenees

Jostein Gaarder

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Two former lovers are brought back together...but can they really trust their pasts? The new novel from the bestselling author of SOPHIE'S WORLD.

Through five intense years in the 1970s, Steinn and Solrunn had a happy life together. Then they suddenly parted ways, for reasons that are unclear to both.

In the summer of 2007 they meet again on a balcony of an old wooden hotel by a fjord in western Norway. It is a place they both have fond memories from and their meeting turns out to be fateful. But is it purely coincidental that they meet at that particular spot at that particular time.

Over a couple of weeks that summer they write emails to each other and it becomes clear that they have been living with very different interpretations of their shared past...

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Jostein Gaarder

Jostein Gaarder was born in Oslo in 1952. Sophie's World, the first of his books to be published in English, has been translated into 60 languages and has sold over 40 million copies. He is the author of many other bestselling, beloved novels and children's books, including The Orange Girl, The Christmas Mystery and The Ringmaster's Daughter. He lives in Oslo with his family.