Jostein Gaarder was born on August 8, 1952 in Oslo (Norway), his father was a school principal and his mother a teacher and writer of children's literature. In 1974 he married his girlfriend Siri, who moved in the early 80's to the city of Bergen to teach philosophy at a college. This leave her teaching in the 90's. The first literary work of Gaarder's book of short stories was "Diagnosis" (1986). He later wrote several best seller mystery books on child and youth focus as "Children of Sukhavati" (1987) and "The Frog Castle" (1988). With one of his best books, "The Solitaire Mystery" (1990), which tells the story of a young Norwegian who travels with his father, a sailor, to Athens, Jostein won the Critics Award in his native country and among others, the European Prize for Juvenile Literature. "Sophie's World" (1991) got his name beyond borders becoming an international bestseller. The same was the mysterious adventures of a young teenager while establishing a simple but comprehensive historical overview of philosophy. Subsequently, and usually focus their literature for children and youth, always relying on its intriguing plots and philosophical existential sense, Jostein Gaarder published "The Mystery of Christmas" (1992), European Youth Literature Award, "The enigma and the Mirror "(1993)," Vita Brevis "(1996)," Is there anybody there? "(1996)," Maya "(1999)," The Magic Library Bokken Bibbia "(2001), co-written with Klaus Hagerup, "Seller Story" (2002) and "The Orange Girl" (2003). In short, Maya says that all life (all that is alive) is the same. That is, we must try to think that the whole universe is one being. Therefore, it is correct to say that, for example, a bird I am, I am the sun, etc. The problem with this theory is that, by some observer you are, you realize that most things are individuals, and not universal. To solve this problem the theory of Maya says that being single is a mirage, maya is actually false world we inhabit, the illusions that we see and make us believe in our individuality. By understanding the Hindu theory of maya starts to make sense all the explanations about the evolution of species. Gaarder intended to attack and criticize scientists who believe that these developments have been coincidental, and that the life and evolution have a meaning and are part of a universal consciousness that has been created over the years. "Maya" is also the name of an important line of flamenco artists. On the death of Ana Maria Maya begs the question: "How can a person alive today is identical to that lived two hundred years. " The explanation is so simple: a kind of dwarf, born from the imagination of a lonely sailor, takes a picture of Anna as the dwarf is not human, you can go bouncing in time. In one of these jumps meets Goya, who, seeing a photograph of Anne that brings the Dwarf, this paints the face of Anna in one of his works. The story is supplemented by the peculiar love affair between Frank and Vera. Thus the story not only speaks of philosophical and scientific issues. Jostein Gaarder is an author who writes a captivating story, interesting and long, but it keeps you intrigued. My opinion is comparable to the tales of Herman Hesse with some of Paolo Coelho. . . .