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Daniel Kehlmann

Daniel Kehlmann
Kehlmann at the Leipzig Book Fair, 2009
Born (1975-01-13) 13 January 1975
Munich, West Germany
Occupation Novelist
Nationality German, Austrian
Notable works Measuring the World

Daniel Kehlmann (born 13 January 1975) is a German-language author of both Austrian and German nationality.[1] 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 1985. Kehlmann's works, and in particular Die Vermessung der Welt, are heavily influenced by magical realism and represent a dramatic shift from the goals of the influential Group 47.[2] He was awarded the Heimito von Doderer Prize for the novel.

Life and career

Kehlmann was born in Munich, the son of the television director Michael Kehlmann. He moved to his father's hometown of Vienna at the age of six. At university he read philosophy and literature before doing research for a doctoral thesis on the sublime in the works of Immanuel Kant which he did not finish partly because of his success as a writer.

In 1997 Kehlmann completed his first novel, Beerholms Vorstellung, while still a student. He also wrote numerous reviews and essays while at university, contributing to such organs as: Süddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Literaturen.

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.

Awards and honors


  • Beerholms Vorstellung. (novel) Vienna: Deuticke, 1997. ISBN 3-216-30290-3
  • Unter der Sonne. (short stories) Vienna: Deuticke, 1998. ISBN 3-216-30363-2
  • Mahlers Zeit. (novel) Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1999. ISBN 3-518-41078-4
  • Der fernste Ort. (novella) Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2001. ISBN 3-518-41265-5
  • Ich und Kaminski (Me and Kaminski). (novel) Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2003. ISBN 3-518-41395-3
  • Die Vermessung der Welt (Measuring the World). (novel) Reinbek bei Hamburg: Rowohlt, 2005. ISBN 3-498-03528-2
  • Wo ist Carlos Montúfar? (essays) Reinbek bei Hamburg: Rowohlt, 2005. ISBN 3-499-24139-0
  • Ruhm: Ein Roman in neun Geschichten (Fame: A Novel in Nine Episodes). Reinbek bei Hamburg: Rowohlt, 2009. ISBN 978-3-498-03543-3
  • F: A Novel. (novel) 2014. Pantheon. ISBN 978-0307911810


  1. ^ Interview with Kehlmann in the Tagesspiegel
  2. ^ The Guardian Luke Harding: "Unlikely bestseller heralds the return of lightness and humour to German literature", 19 July 2006, p.21.
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External links

  • Daniel Kehlmann's "Ruhm", review on the website of the Goethe-Institut, January 2009.
  • Reading Daniel Kehlmann , by Arnon Gunberg. Words Without Borders, 6 April 2009
  • "Humboldt's Gift", The Nation, 30 April 2007.
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