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I decided to write this book when Alice, the daughter of a friend of mine, turned fourteen. I wanted to conduce to her happiness in this Wonderland of ours any way I could. The idea became concrete when I read the philosophy manuals taught at school: they were marvelously written and really deep but too complicated and incomprehensible for children and teenagers. I think that we should start differently; listen first to the questions of the adolescents - What is nature? Why human society is organized as it is and not otherwise? What are the limits of freedom? What is justice? What is logic? - and then, try and answer, putting philosophy in a framework of general knowledge and having in mind the teenagers’ impatience. I don’t doubt that today’s young people are much more intelligent and knowledgeable than us who were teenagers back in the 1970s. So this book is addressed to the young and, at the same time, to us who are not young and who think that we know it all although we know nothing.
Soti Triantafillou was born in Athens, Greece, in 1957. She got a Ph.D. on American History and Civilization from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and NYU in New York. She has published three collections of short stories, two books on film, eight novels, Saturday Night on the Edge of the Town 1996 (new edition: Patakis Publishers, 2008), Tomorrow, Another Country 1997 (new edition: Patakis Publishers, 2009), The Subterranean Sky 1998 (published in German by Zsolnay, new edition: Patakis Publishers, 2009), The Pencil Factory 2000 (German, French, Catalan & Turkish rights sold), Poor Margo 2001 (originally written in English), Century 2003, Chinese Boxes 2006 (German & Italian rights sold) & Some of your blood 2008, the novellas The Flight (Melani, 2004) & Forgiveness 2005, a memoir Time again 2009, a children’s book, Marion on the Silver Islands and in the Red Forests 1999, and a young adults book, African Diary 2008.