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Originally published in Norwegian under the title Sofies verden, copyright c 1991 by H. Aschehoug & Co. (W. Nygaard), Oslo.
Translation copyright c 1994 by Paulette Moller.
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This book would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of Siri Dan-nevig. Thanks are also due to Maiken Ims for reading the manuscript and making useful comments, and to Trond Berg Eriksen for his trenchant observations and knowledgeable sup-port through the years.
He who cannot draw on three thousand years
Is living from hand to mouth