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Daniel Kehlmann

Author of Measuring the World

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About the Author

Daniel Kehlmann was born on January 13, 1975 in Munich. He is a German language author. His work Die Vermessung der Welt (translated into English by Carol Brown Janeway as Measuring the World, 2006) is the best selling novel in the German language since Patrick Süskind's Perfume was released in show more 1985. In 1997 Kehlmann completed his first novel, Beerholms Vorstellung, while still a student. He also wrote numerous reviews and essays while at university. In 2001, Kehlmann held the guest lectureship of poetics at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. In the winter term of 2005/6 Kehlmann held the lectureship of poetics at the FH Wiesbaden, and in 2006/7 he held the lectureship for poetics at the university of Göttingen. Daniel Kehlmann is a member of the Mainzer Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur. In 2015 he made the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize shortlist with his title, F. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Daniel Kehlmann

Measuring the World (2005) — Author — 3,191 copies, 105 reviews
Tyll (2017) 838 copies, 32 reviews
Fame: A Novel in Nine Episodes (2009) 669 copies, 20 reviews
Me and Kaminski (2003) 422 copies, 11 reviews
You Should Have Left (2016) 366 copies, 20 reviews
F (2013) 311 copies, 18 reviews
Beerholms Vorstellung (1997) 107 copies, 6 reviews
Mahlers Zeit (1999) 102 copies, 2 reviews
Der fernste Ort (2001) 76 copies
Lichtspiel (2023) 49 copies, 4 reviews
Wo ist Carlos Montufar? (2005) 28 copies
Lob: Über Literatur (2010) 21 copies

Associated Works

Hunger (1890) — Nachwort, some editions — 4,562 copies, 112 reviews
The Seven Good Years: A Memoir (2015) — Translator, some editions — 336 copies, 14 reviews
The Strudlhof Steps (1951) — Afterword, some editions — 299 copies, 3 reviews
An Ermine in Czernopol (1958) — Introduction, some editions — 234 copies, 4 reviews
The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus (2013) — Contributor — 231 copies, 6 reviews
McSweeney's Issue 42 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern): Multiples (2013) — Translator/Contributor — 63 copies, 2 reviews
You Should Have Left [2020 film] (2020) — Original book — 12 copies
Das Wunder des Überlebens : Erinnerungen und Ergebnisse (1960) — Afterword, some editions — 5 copies, 1 review
Welttag des Buches 2012 — Die Vermessung der Welt (2012) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Group Read, January 2022: Tyll in 1001 Books to read before you die (January 2022)


Deep in the feels of my heritage and personal folklore.
I obviously loved it. I think probably those who don't share my very specific interests and references will still find it worthwhile.
Kiramke | 31 other reviews | May 28, 2024 |
A collection of vignettes about fame and its futility in various settings. The writing was good and I'd love to be able to read it in German, particularly the chat room entries. My favorite story was the woman who is forgotten by the tour group and cannot get home until she works in this unnamed Eastern European country to pay her passage out.
featherbooks | 19 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |
I had read a biography of humboldt but knew next to nothing about Gauss. It was interesting, sometimes comical and sometimes insightful
cspiwak | 104 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
Good historical novels create a universe, and not simply dress some characters up in period costumes. This book is one of these.

I really liked the non-linear plot, the unreliable narrators and a touch of magic realism.

Kudos to the translator as well - it felt like the novel was originally written in English, and not in German.

This was a great way to start a new book year :-)
Alexandra_book_life | 31 other reviews | Dec 15, 2023 |



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