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Daniel Kehlmann became a global literary star with the appearance of his novel, Die Vermessung der Welt (Measuring the World, 2006), now translated into more than 40 languages. So the topic of his newly translated novel, Fame, is familiar to him.
At the Goethe-Institut New York, the author sits down to talk about Fame with Carol Brown Janeway, translator of Measuring the World, Me and Kaminski and Fame, all published by Pantheon Books, and all found in both English and German at the Goethe-Institut New York Library. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing following the discussion.
Jonathan Franzen, who has experienced no small amount of fame himself lately, has said of Kehlmann's new novel: “Who would have thought contemporary Central European literature could be so fun and so funny? Daniel Kehlmann is who. The young Austrian prodigy, famous everywhere but in the United States, has given us a real beauty of a book, farcical, satiric, melancholic, and humane. Modern fame may have been invented in America, but nobody has dramatized its paradoxes and heartbreaks more entertainingly than the European Kehlmann does here."