Daniel Kehlmann

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Daniel Kehlmann
Daniel Kehlmann, Frankfurt Book Fair 2017
Daniel Kehlmann, Frankfurt Book Fair 2017
Born (1975-01-13) 13 January 1975 (age 44)
Munich, Germany
NationalityGerman, Austrian
Notable worksMeasuring the World, You Should Have Left

Daniel Kehlmann (born 13 January 1975) is a German language novelist and playwright of both Austrian and German nationality.[1] His novel Die Vermessung der Welt (translated into English by Carol Brown Janeway as Measuring the World, 2006) is the best selling book in the German language since Patrick Süskind's Perfume was released in 1985. According to the New York Times it was the world's second best selling novel in 2006 [1]. All his subsequent novels reached the number one spot on Germany's SPIEGEL bestseller list and were translated into English. He collaborated with Jonathan Franzen and Paul Reitter on Franzen's 2013 book The Kraus Project. His play The Mentor, translated by Christopher Hampton, opened at Theatre Royal, Bath in April 2017 starring F. Murray Abraham and transferred to the London West End in July 2017 [2]. In October 2017 his play Christmas Eve, also translated by Christopher Hampton, premiered at Theatre Royal [3]. His novella You Should Have Left is currently being adapted into a movie starring Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried [4].

Life and career[edit]

Kehlmann was born in Munich, the son of the television director Michael Kehlmann. His family moved to his father's hometown Vienna at the age of six. Daniel Kehlmann currently lives in New York City and Berlin [5].

Since 2015, Daniel Kehlmann has successively held the Eberhard Berent Chair at New York University. Daniel Kehlmann is a member of Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung.

2016/17 he was a fellow at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars [6].

Awards and honors[edit]




  • Wo ist Carlos Montúfar?. Rowohlt 2005
  • Diese sehr ernsten Scherze. Poetikvorlesungen. Wallstein Verlag 2007
  • Kommt, Geister. Frankfurter Poetikvorlesungen. Rowohlt 2015

Collected writings and short stories[edit]

  • Unter der Sonne. Deuticke 1998
  • Der fernste Ort. Suhrkamp 2001
  • Requiem für einen Hund. Matthes & Seitz 2008
  • Leo Richters Porträt. Rowohlt 2009
  • Lob: Über Literatur. Rowohlt 2010
  • Du hättest gehen sollen. Rowohlt 2016

Stage plays[edit]

  • Geister in Princeton (2011)
  • Der Mentor (2012)
  • Heilig Abend (2017)
  • Die Reise der Verlorenen (2018)

Books available in English[edit]



  1. ^ Interview with Kehlmann in the Tagesspiegel

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