Through a Glass, Darkly (Gaarder novel)

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Through a Glass, Darkly
Author Jostein Gaarder
Original title

I et speil, i en gåte

(In a mirror, in a riddle)
Country Norway
Language Norwegian
Genre young adult, philosophy

Through A Glass, Darkly (original Norwegian title: I et speil, i en gåte) is a novel by Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder published in 1993. An award-winning film adaptation was released in 2008. The title is a phrase from the First Epistle to the Corinthians, one of the epistles by Paul the Apostle.


The book won the author the Norwegian Booksellers' Prize for 1993,[1] and has sold more than two million copies worldwide.[2] In 1996, a German translation Durch einen Spiegel, in einem dunklen Wort won the Buxtehude Bull award for youth literature.[3]


The book describes a series of conversations between Cecilia, a girl lying ill in bed with terminal cancer, and Ariel, an angel who stepped in through her window, on the meaning of life.


The book was adapted to the screen by director Jesper W. Nielsen in 2008, entitled, like the book, I et speil, i en gåte. Marie Haagenrud played the leading character, Cecilia, and Aksel Hennie played the angel Ariel. The film won the Amanda Award for the best children's film for 2009.[4]


  1. ^ Jostein Gaarder Biography
  2. ^ I et speil, i en gåte on the Norwegian Film Institute website
  3. ^ List of Buxtehude Bull Winners
  4. ^ Amanda Award Winners

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