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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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 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.

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: 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.

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.

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 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.

F A Novel

F A Novel

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: Paperback 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**

Fame A Novel in Nine Episodes

Fame A Novel in Nine Episodes

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: Paperback 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.

Fame

Fame

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: eBook Release Date: 14/09/2010

Imagine being famous. Being recognized on the street, adored by people who have never even met you, known the world over. Wouldn't that be great?But what if, one day, you got stuck in a country where celebrity means nothing, where no one spoke your language and you didn't speak theirs, where no one knew your face (no book jackets, no TV) and you had no way of calling home? How would your fame help you then?What if someone got hold of your cell phone? What if they spoke to your girlfriends, your agent, your director, and started making decisions for you? And worse, what if no one believed you were you anymore? When you saw a look-alike acting your roles for you, what would you do? And what if one day you realized your magnum opus, like everything else you'd ever written, was a total waste of time, empty nonsense? What would you do next? Would your audience of seven million people keep you going? Or would you lose the capacity to keep on doing it?Fame and facelessness, truth and deception, spin their way through all nine episodes of this captivating, wickedly funny, and perpetually surprising novel as paths cross and plots thicken, as characters become real people and real people morph into characters. The result is a dazzling tour de force by one of Europe's finest young writers.From the Hardcover edition.

Me and Kaminski

Me and Kaminski

Author: Daniel Kehlmann Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2009

A wryly comic account of a career in meltdown, from the author of Measuring the World 'An accessible and humorous road trip into the worlds of art and journalism, satirising both' - New Statesman Sebastian Zollner is set on writing the biography of the painter Manuel Kaminski. Yet Kaminski - once a pupil of Matisse, now an ailing recluse - is not the kind of character to willingly embrace such a project. And Zollner - inept, charmless, and with scant knowledge of art history - is hardly the man to undertake it. So it's a good job Sebastian has an ace up his sleeve, and that Kaminski will have little choice in the matter... Half road novel, half satire on the contemporary art scene, Kaminski and Me is a wryly humorous meditation on art, memory, and identity.

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