The Children from Sukhavati

Jostein Gaarder

In the land beyond everything, Sukhavati, live the twins Lik and Lak, a boy and a girl. They have never been born so they have no navels.

Lik and Lak’s best friend, Oliver, has told them many stories about the Earth. Their greatest wish is to visit Earth and its people, and at long last, with Oliver’s help, they are enabled to make the journey in a glass capsule. But they do not travel all that way just for the fun of it: They have been entrusted with an important task – to try to make Earth’s inhabitants understand that life is an adventure. Finally, Lik and Lak are faced with the inhuman choice between eternal life in Sukhavati, or a mortal one on Earth.

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  • Language Foreign publisher
  • CatalanEdiciones 62
  • Chinese (complex)Triumph Publishing
  • Chinese (simplified)Jieli
  • DutchFontein
  • ItalianSalani
  • PortuguesePresenca
  • SpanishSiruela

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  • Barna fra Sukhavati
  • 1987
  • Aschehoug Forlag
  • Children