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Daniel Kehlmann - Author

About the Author

Daniel Kehlmann was born in Munich in 1975 and moved to Vienna in 1981, where he studied literature and philosophy at university before going on to complete his doctorate - a thesis on the sublime in the works of Immanuel Kant.

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Other books by Daniel Kehlmann

Neo Rauch: PROPAGANDA

Neo Rauch: PROPAGANDA

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/08/2019

German artist Neo Rauch, championed as the painter of the zeitgeist by The New York Times's Roberta Smith, presents new paintings in PROPAGANDA. Rauch is widely celebrated for his captivating compositions that bring together figurative painting and surrealism into an entirely new kind of visual encounter. They often hint at broader narratives and histories-seemingly reconnecting with artistic traditions of realism-but they remain dreamlike and impossible to reduce to a single story. Though his art is highly refined and executed with great technical skill, Rauch himself stresses the intuitive, deeply personal nature of how he works. As the artist notes, My process is far less a reflection than it is drawing from the sediments of my past, which occurs in an almost trance-like state. Eight large-scale canvases and seven smaller, more intimately scaled works continue the artist's exploration of figuration and the ambiguous nature of meaning in visual art. In some of the larger works, the saturation of the canvas with characters, objects, and, forms, all rendered at different scales and in conflicting arrangements, creates a collage-like quality-a figurative scrapbook of Rauch's personal iconography. The publication features a short story by German novelist and playwright Daniel Kehlmann, which was inspired by the paintings in this book. The fantastical text moves between present-day New York and an unknown time of enchanted forests, knights, and witches, exploring the many layers found in Rauch's canvases. Published on the occasion of the artist's solo exhibition at David Zwirner, Hong Kong in 2019, Neo Rauch: PROPAGANDA is available in both English only and bilingual English/traditional Chinese editions.

Neo Rauch: PROPAGANDA (Bilingual)

Neo Rauch: PROPAGANDA (Bilingual)

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/08/2019

German artist Neo Rauch, championed as the painter of the zeitgeist by The New York Times's Roberta Smith, presents new paintings in PROPAGANDA. Rauch is widely celebrated for his captivating compositions that bring together figurative painting and surrealism into an entirely new kind of visual encounter. They often hint at broader narratives and histories-seemingly reconnecting with artistic traditions of realism-but they remain dreamlike and impossible to reduce to a single story. Though his art is highly refined and executed with great technical skill, Rauch himself stresses the intuitive, deeply personal nature of how he works. As the artist notes, My process is far less a reflection than it is drawing from the sediments of my past, which occurs in an almost trance-like state. Eight large-scale canvases and seven smaller, more intimately scaled works continue the artist's exploration of figuration and the ambiguous nature of meaning in visual art. In some of the larger works, the saturation of the canvas with characters, objects, and, forms, all rendered at different scales and in conflicting arrangements, creates a collage-like quality-a figurative scrapbook of Rauch's personal iconography. The publication features a short story by German novelist and playwright Daniel Kehlmann, which was inspired by the paintings in this book. The fantastical text moves between present-day New York and an unknown time of enchanted forests, knights, and witches, exploring the many layers found in Rauch's canvases. Published on the occasion of the artist's solo exhibition at David Zwirner, Hong Kong in 2019, Neo Rauch: PROPAGANDA is available in both English only and bilingual English/traditional Chinese editions.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: eBook Release Date: 09/11/2017

It's Christmas Eve, 2017. A philosophy professor is on her way to celebrate with her family when she is hauled out of a taxi and bundled into an interrogation room. Opposite her, the senior officer is cynical, smart and relentless. Incriminating evidence has been found against her. Or has it? Is a terrorist attack imminent or is this a case of state paranoia? The clock ticks. Played out in real time, this riveting thriller pits two powerful antagonists head to head. Both think they are saving their country. Only one of them will win. Daniel Kehlmann's Christmas Eve , translated by Christopher Hampton, premiered at the Ustinov Theatre, Bath, in October 2017.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

It's Christmas Eve, 2017. A philosophy professor is on her way to celebrate with her family when she is hauled out of a taxi and bundled into an interrogation room. Opposite her, the senior officer is cynical, smart and relentless. Incriminating evidence has been found against her. Or has it? Is a terrorist attack imminent or is this a case of state paranoia? The clock ticks. Played out in real time, this riveting thriller pits two powerful antagonists head to head. Both think they are saving their country. Only one of them will win. Daniel Kehlmann's Christmas Eve , translated by Christopher Hampton, premiered at the Ustinov Theatre, Bath, in October 2017.

Tyll

Tyll

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: eBook Release Date: 09/10/2017

"e;Tyll"e;, der neue Roman des Erfolgsautors Daniel Kehlmann - er veroffentlichte u.a. "e;Die Vermessung der Welt"e;, "e;Ruhm"e;, "e;F"e; und "e;Du hattest gehen sollen"e; -, ist die Neuerfindung einer legendaren Figur: ein groer Roman uber die Macht der Kunst und die Verwustungen des Krieges, uber eine aus den Fugen geratene Welt. Tyll Ulenspiegel - Vagant, Schausteller und Provokateur - wird zu Beginn des 17. Jahrhunderts als Mllerssohn in einem kleinen Dorf geboren. Sein Vater, ein Magier und Welterforscher, gert schon bald mit der Kirche in Konflikt. Tyll muss fliehen, die Bckerstochter Nele begleitet ihn. Auf seinen Wegen durch das von den Religionskriegen verheerte Land begegnen sie vielen kleinen Leuten und einigen der sogenannten Groen: dem jungen Gelehrten und Schriftsteller Martin von Wolkenstein, der fr sein Leben gern den Krieg kennenlernen mchte, dem melancholischen Henker Tilman und Pirmin, dem Jongleur, dem sprechenden Esel Origenes, dem exilierten Knigspaar Elisabeth und Friedrich von Bhmen, deren Ungeschick den Krieg einst ausgelst hat, dem Arzt Paul Fleming, der den absonderlichen Plan verfolgt, Gedichte auf Deutsch zu schreiben, und nicht zuletzt dem fanatischen Jesuiten Tesimond und dem Weltweisen Athanasius Kircher, dessen grtes Geheimnis darin besteht, dass er seine aufsehenerregenden Versuchsergebnisse erschwindelt und erfunden hat. Ihre Schicksale verbinden sich zu einem Zeitgewebe, zum Epos vom Dreiigjhrigen Krieg. Und um wen sollte es sich entfalten, wenn nicht um Tyll, jenen rtselhaften Gaukler, der eines Tages beschlossen hat, niemals zu sterben.

You Should Have Left

You Should Have Left

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 15/06/2017

On retreat in the wintry Alps with his family, a writer is optimistic about completing the sequel to his breakthrough film. The demands of his four-year-old daughter splinter open long-simmering arguments with his wife. I love her, he writes in the notebook intended for his script. Why do we fight all the time? Guilt and expectation strain at his concentration. Then words start to appear in his notebook; the words he didn't write...

You Should Have Left

You Should Have Left

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: eBook Release Date: 13/06/2017

From the internationally best-selling author of Measuring the World and F, an eerie and supernatural tale of a writer's emotional collapse"e;It is fitting that I'm beginning a new notebook up here. New surroundings and new ideas, a new beginning. Fresh air."e;This passage is from the first entry of a journal kept by the narrator of Daniel Kehlmann's spellbinding new novel. It is the record of the seven days that he, his wife, and his four-year-old daughter spend in a house they have rented in the mountains of Germanya house that thwarts the expectations of the narrator's recollection and seems to defy the very laws of physics. He is eager to finish a screenplayfor a sequel to the movie that launched his career, but something he cannot explain is undermining his convictions and confidence, a process he is recording in this account of the uncanny events that unfold as he tries to understand what, exactly, is happening around himand within him.

You Should Have Left

You Should Have Left

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/06/2017

A thrilling exploration of psychological disturbance and fear from the bestselling and prize-winning author of Measuring the World. On retreat in the wintry Alps with his family, a writer is optimistic about completing the sequel to his breakthrough film. Nothing to disturb him except the wind whispering around their glassy house. The perfect place to focus. Intruding on that peace of mind, the demands of his four-year-old daughter splinter open long-simmering arguments with his wife. I love her, he writes in the notebook intended for his script. Why do we fight all the time? Guilt and expectation strain at his concentration, and strain, too, at the walls of the house. They warp under his watch; at night, looking through the window, he sees impossible reflections on the snow outside. Then the words start to appear in his notebook; the words he didn't write. Familiar and forbidding by turns, this is an electrifying experiment in form by one of Europe's boldest writers. The ordinary struggles of a marriage transform, in Kehlmann's hands, into a twisted fable that stays darkly in the mind.

Mentor

Mentor

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: eBook Release Date: 04/05/2017

Benjamin Rubin is a cantankerous old writer, whisky aficionado and pedant, still basking in the reflected glory of long-ago success. Martin Wegner is a rising young literary star, heralded as 'the voice of his generation'.When Martin is given the opportunity to develop his new play under the mentorship of his idol, the writers meet in a dilapidated art-nouveau villa somewhere in the German countryside. Two massive egos are set on a collision course in this perceptive and compelling comedy about art and artists and the legacy of fame.Christopher Hampton's translation of The Mentor by Daniel Kehlmann premiered at the Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath, in April 2017.

The Mentor

The Mentor

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/2017

Benjamin Rubin is a cantankerous old writer, whisky aficionado and pedant, still basking in the reflected glory of long-ago success. Martin Wegner is a rising young literary star, heralded as 'the voice of his generation'. When Martin is given the opportunity to develop his new play under the mentorship of his idol, the writers meet in a dilapidated art-nouveau villa somewhere in the German countryside. Two massive egos are set on a collision course in this perceptive and compelling comedy about art and artists and the legacy of fame. Christopher Hampton's translation of The Mentor by Daniel Kehlmann premiered at the Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath, in April 2017.

Du hattest gehen sollen

Du hattest gehen sollen

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: eBook Release Date: 21/10/2016

Ein einsam gelegenes Ferienhaus. Tief unten das Tal mit seinen wurfelkleinen Hausern, eine Serpentinenstrae fuhrt hinauf. Das kalte Blauwei der Gletscher, schroffer Granit, die Walder im Dunst - es ist Dezember, Vorweihnachtszeit. Ein junges Ehepaar mit Kind hat sich fur ein paar Tage dieses komfortable Haus gemietet, doch so richtig aus der Welt sind sie nicht: Das Kind erzahlt wirre Geschichten aus dem Kindergarten, die Frau tippt Nachrichten auf dem Telefon, und der Mann - ein Drehbuchautor, von dem ein Produzent den zweiten Teil seiner erfolgreichsten Komodie erwartet - schreibt Ideen und Szenen in sein Notizbuch. Aber mehr und mehr notiert er auch anderes - eheliche Spannungen, Zwistigkeiten, vor allem die seltsamen Dinge, die rings um ihn geschehen. Denn mit dem Haus stimmt etwas nicht. Daniel Kehlmanns phantastische Erzhlung ist im doppelten Wortsinn unheimlich, die Spirale in den Abgrund entwickelt einen starken Sog - umso mehr, als dem Schrecken etwas zur Seite gestellt wird: die wechselnden Stimmungen in der Familie, das Nebeneinander von Liebe und Gereiztheit, die Sorge um das Kind. "e;Das Geheimnis ist, dass man sich ja doch liebt."e; Ist es so? Allmhlich verschwimmen die Konturen, und der Boden beginnt zu wanken.

Uber Kino

Uber Kino

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: eBook Release Date: 21/09/2016

Bestsellerautor Daniel Kehlmann ist auch ein leidenschaftlicher Kinoganger, der Arthouse-Filme ebenso anschaut wie Blockbuster. Das E-Book versammelt seine wichtigsten Texte uber Filme, Kritiken von "e;Der Terminator"e; mit Arnold Schwarzenegger und "e;Der Antichrist"e; von Lars von Trier, Essays uber Jim Jarmusch und Wolfgang Becker. In einem abschlieenden, fr dieses Buch gefhrten Gesprch erlutert Daniel Kehlmann sein Verhltnis zum Film.

F A Novel

F A Novel

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2015

'A comic tour de force, a biting satire on the hypnotized world of artificial wants and needs that Huxley predicted, a moving study of brotherhood and family failure, F is an astonishing book, a work of deeply satisfying (and never merely clever) complexity' - John Burnside Artful and subversive, F tells the story of the Friedland family - fakers, all of them - and the day when the fate in which they don't quite believe catches up with them. Having achieved nothing in life, Arthur Friedland is tricked on stage by a hypnotist and told to change everything. After he abandons his three young sons, they grow up to be a faithless priest, a broke financier and a forger. Each of them cultivates absence. One will be lost to it. A novel about the game of fate and the fetters of family, F never stops questioning, exploring and teasing at every twist and turn of its Rubik's Cube-like narrative. **Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015**

Kommt, Geister

Kommt, Geister

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2015

Wieso reichen neun Minuten Peter Alexander, um Gunter Grass dankbar zu sein? Warum ist Vergessen eine anstrengende Ubung, Verdrangung harte Arbeit? Entstehen Gespenster aus unserer Angst vor der Vergangenheit? Und konnte es sein, dass Daniel Kehlmann, den als Kind ein Buch nachtelang mit Albtraumen geplagt hat, eben dadurch spater zum Schriftsteller geworden ist?Um diese und andere Fragen kreisen seine fnf bestechend klaren und virtuos durchkomponierten Vorlesungen, die er als Inhaber des ltesten und renommiertesten deutschen Gastlehrstuhls fr Poetik im Sommer 2014 an der Frankfurter Goethe-Universitt gehalten hat. Mit einem Shakespeare-Zitat als Titel - "e;Kommt, Geister, die ihr lauscht auf Mordgedanken"e; - entfhren sie in literarische Schattenwelten voller Zwielicht und Echos, Falltren und Gespinste. Daniel Kehlmann zeigt auf, wie sehr die nachhallenden Schrecken der deutschen Vergangenheit sein Werk grundieren, schreibt ber die Geister, Gespenster, Zombies, Narren, Halbmenschen in den Werken von Autoren wie Jeremias Gotthelf, J.R.R. Tolkien, Shakespeare, Grimmelshausen, Leo Perutz. Und gibt damit auch Auskunft ber sich.

F

F

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: eBook Release Date: 30/08/2013

"e;Jahre spater, sie waren langst erwachsen und ein jeder verstrickt in sein eigenes Ungluck, wusste keiner von Arthur Friedlands Sohnen mehr, wessen Idee es eigentlich gewesen war, an jenem Nachmittag zum Hypnotiseur zu gehen."e;Mit diesem Satz fngt er an, Daniel Kehlmanns Roman ber drei Brder, die - auf je eigene Weise - Heuchler, Betrger, Flscher sind. Sie haben sich eingerichtet in ihrem Leben, doch pltzlich klafft ein Abgrund auf. Ein Augenblick der Unaufmerksamkeit, ein winziger Zufall, ein falscher Schritt, und was gespenstischer Albtraum schien, wird wahr. Es ist der Sommer vor der Wirtschaftskrise. Martin, katholischer Priester ohne Glauben, bergewichtig, weil immer hungrig, trifft sich mit seinem Halbbruder Eric zum Essen. Der hochverschuldete, mit einem Bein im Gefngnis stehende Finanzberater hat unheimliche Visionen, teilt davon jedoch keinem etwas mit. Schattenhafte Mnner, sogar zwei Kinder warnen ihn vor etwas, nur: Diese Warnungen gelten gar nicht ihm. Gemeint ist sein Zwillingsbruder Iwan, der ihm zum Verwechseln hnlich sieht, und schon nimmt das Unheil seinen Lauf. Daniel Kehlmanns Roman ber Lge und Wahrheit, ber Familie, Flschung und die Kraft der Fiktion ist ein virtuoses Kunstwerk - vielschichtig, geheimnisvoll und khn.

Fame A Novel in Nine Episodes

Fame A Novel in Nine Episodes

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Imagine being famous. Wouldn't that be great? 'A real beauty of a book' - Jonathan Franzen 'Riffs echo through this playful, perplexing landscape' - The Times But what if, one day, you got stuck in a country where no one spoke your language. Where no one knew your face and you had no way of contacting home. How would your fame help you then? What would happen if someone got hold of your mobile phone? If they spoke to your girlfriends, your agent, your director and started making decisions for you. And when no one believed that you were you any more, when you saw a lookalike acting your roles for you, what would you do? In this delightfully entertaining book, Daniel Kehlmann throws his characters into situations that are thrilling, funny, surprising and tragic, confirming his place as one of his generation's finest writers.

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