The Christmas Mystery

Jostein Gaarder

The book, illustrated by Vlado Kráľ and translated by Milan Žitný will be published in november 2012, and awarded as the Most beautiful book of Slovakia 2012. The story has one chapter for each day of Advent.

Using the device of a "Story within a story", a young boy, Joachim, reads a story hidden behind each window in an advent calendar that he bought on November 30; every day, he finds small piece of paper from the doors of the calendar that tells the story of Elisabet Hansen, who chases a toy lamb that has come to life from an Oslo department store. The story within the advent calendar follows Elisabet as, with the angel Ephiriel and an increasing host of other characters, she crosses Europe whilst also travelling backwards in time towards Bethlehem to see the Christ-child. They meet other pilgrims which join the journey, including the shepherds Joshua and Jacob, the three wise kings, and several sheep.

As Joachim opens more doors on the calendar, he and his family try to find out about the mysterious flower seller, John, who appears to have made the calendar, and about Elisabet Hansen, a girl who disappeared in Norway many years earlier. Adding to the mystery is a photograph taken in Rome of a young woman - on the back of the photograph John has written 'Elisabet' - is she the same Elisabet?

Jostein Gaarder (1952)

​Norwegian intellectual, novelist, author of novels, novellas, short stories and books for children and youth. He often writes from the perspective of a child, using children and their astonishment over the world. In his works he uses metafiction, he likes to write story in the story. He became famous with a book Sophie's World, subtitled A Novel about the History of Philosophy. This scientific dissemination work has been translated into 53 languages. In 1997 ... More.


Milan Žitný


Vlado Král (1974)

Illustrator, stage designer, graphic designer and director of animated films. More.

Palo a Janka Bálik

Janka and Palo Balik were starting with us our publishing house as a graphic designers, devised and created for Artforum many covers and visuals of a books. Many of them were awarded in the competition The Most Beautiful Book of Slovakia. More.