The Ringmaster’s Daughter

Jostein Gaarder

A tautly written satire centred on man’s follies and enduring vanity, this book further attests to Jostein Gaarder’s command of baffling, cunningly contrived intrigues that lend themselves to a wide range of interpretations. This time the protagonist is Petter, a strange, friendless child who prefers his own company and his own world of make believe….

A tautly written satire centred on man’s follies and enduring vanity, this book further attests to Jostein Gaarder’s command of baffling, cunningly contrived intrigues that lend themselves to a wide range of interpretations. This time the protagonist is Petter, a strange, friendless child who prefers his own company and his own world of make believe. Even when he grows up his imagination continues to run riot, but he cannot bear the thought of publishing the stories he writes under his own name. He abhors publicity and being made a fuss of. This prompts him to launch Author Aid, a scheme designed to provide stories for authors suffering from writer’s block. Though highly successful at first, it soon proves to be a death trap ….

Praise for The Ringmaster’s Daughter:

” The Ringmaster’s Daughter confirms [Gaarder’s] status as one of Scandinavia’s finest literary exports and as a novelist and story-teller of outstanding caliber” (Herald)

“A masterful mixture of fantasy and reality… a simply wonderful read” 
(She)

“It bubbles over with story-telling joy”
(NRK)

“…a wondrously enthralling piece of literature, thought-provoking and original in its conception”
(VG)

“Within a fictional framework Jostein Gaarder dextrously juggles fact and fiction”
(Aftenposten)

“A brilliantly conceived and sparkling idea, and a fabulous gambol with the literary scene and the relationship between mankind and the world” (Dagsavisen)

“With this novel Gaarder lives up to his reputation as an imaginative storyteller, as in it he includes most of what an excited reader could wish for” (Fædrelandsvennen)

Rights sold to

  • Language Foreign publisher
  • AlbanianOnufri, Tirana
  • Braz. PortugueseCompahnia das Letras
  • British EnglishOrion Books
  • BulgarianDamyan Yakov
  • CatalanEmpuries/Grup 62
  • Chinese (complex)Triumph Publishing
  • CzechEuromedia
  • DanishForum Publishers
  • DutchSignature
  • FinnishTammi
  • FrenchSeuil
  • GeorgianNectar
  • GermanCarl Hanser Verlag
  • GreekLivanis
  • HebrewKinneret/Zmora
  • HungarianMagyar Könyvklub
  • IndonesianMizan
  • ItalianLonganesi
  • JapaneseNHK-Publishing
  • KoreanMunhakdongne
  • Kurdish (Sorani)Andesha Cultural Center
  • LatvianApgads Atena
  • LithuanianAlma Littera
  • PersianHoupaa Books
  • PolishJ. Santorski
  • PortuguesePresenca
  • RussianAmphora Publishers
  • SerbianGeopoetica
  • SlovakianVydavatelstvo
  • SpanishSiruela
  • SwedishNorstedts
  • TurkishPan
  • UkrainianLitopys

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Additional info

  • Sirkusdirektørens datter
  • 2001
  • Aschehoug Forlag
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 302 pages