Fame (novel)

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Ruhm cover.jpg
First edition cover
Author Daniel Kehlmann
Original title Ruhm
Translator Carol Brown Janeway
Country Austria
Language German
Publisher Rowohlt Verlag
Publication date
16 January 2009
Published in English
Pages 208
ISBN 3-498-03543-6

Fame (German: Ruhm) is a 2009 novel by the Austrian-German writer Daniel Kehlmann. The narrative consists of nine loosely connected stories about technology, celebrity and alienation. The book has the subtitle "A novel in nine episodes" ("Ein Roman in neun Geschichten"). A movie has been created about it called Glory: A Tale of Mistaken Identities


Gregory Leon Miller of the San Francisco Chronicle called the book "a darkly comic masterpiece, a rare and thrilling example of a philosophical novel as pleasurable as it is thought-provoking." Miller wrote that "Kehlmann insightfully explores fame's spell", and "The novel's more somber existential propositions are leavened by Kehlmann's penchant for offhand absurdity. ... Other books have gained more attention this season. None are more deserving."[1] Edmund Gordon of The Observer wrote that "if there is a criticism to be made of Fame, it is that the impression it gives – of this wildly successful young author shaking his head at the Kafkaesque lifestyle his reputation has foisted upon him – can seem rather irritating". Gordon also argued that the book is not a novel but a short story collection, and assumed it was marketed as a novel only because "short story collections do not sell". Gordon wrote: "This mild deception clearly doesn't affect the simple elegance of Kehlmann's writing or the brilliance of his wit. But his willingness to package his work in a way that makes it more marketable (and a writer with so many sales behind him must have had some say in the matter) suggests a level of collusion with that bitch villain of his new book."[2]

The book was longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Miller, Gregory Leon (2010-10-17). "'Fame,' by Daniel Kehlmann". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  2. ^ Gordon, Edmund (2010-09-19). "Fame by Daniel Kehlmann". The Observer. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  3. ^ Tonkin, Boyd (2011-03-11). "Independent Foreign Fiction Prize: Latin America is back with a boom". The Independent. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 

External links[edit]

  • Fame at the publisher's website (in German)