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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.[2] 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.[3] In October 2017, his play Christmas Eve, also translated by Christopher Hampton, premiered at Theatre Royal.[4] His novella You Should Have Left was adapted into a movie starring Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried.[5]

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


Life and careerEdit

Kehlmann was born in Munich, the son of the television director Michael Kehlmann and the actress Dagmar Mettler.[6] His family moved to his father's hometown Vienna at the age of six. Kehlmann is partially of Jewish ancestry[7] and currently lives in New York City and Berlin.[8]

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

2016-2017 he was a fellow at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars.[9]

Awards and honorsEdit




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

Collected writings and short storiesEdit

  • 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 playsEdit

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

Books available in EnglishEdit

  • Measuring the World. A Novel. Translated by Carol Brown Janeway. Pantheon 2006
  • Me and Kaminski. A Novel. Translated by Carol Brown Janeway. Pantheon 2008
  • Fame. A Novel in Nine Stories. Translated by Carol Brown Janeway. Pantheon 2010
  • F. A Novel. Translated by Carol Brown Janeway. Pantheon 2014
  • You Should Have Left. A Novel. Translated by Ross Benjamin. Pantheon 2016
  • Christmas Eve. A Play. Translated by Christopher Hampton. Faber and Faber 2017
  • The Mentor. A Play. Translated by Christopher Hampton. Faber and Faber 2017



  1. ^ Interview with Kehlmann in the Tagesspiegel
  2. ^ Hoffman, Jascha. "DATA; COMPARATIVE LITERATURE".
  3. ^ "The Mentor to transfer to the West End - WhatsOnStage".
  4. ^ "Niamh Cusack and Patrick Baladi to star in Christmas Eve - WhatsOnStage".
  5. ^ McNary, Dave; McNary, Dave (7 June 2018). "Amanda Seyfried Joins Kevin Bacon Thriller 'You Should Have Left'".
  6. ^ "Contemporary Authors Online". Literature Resource Center (Subscription from EBSCO required). 2015. Retrieved 26 Mar 2019.
  7. ^ Herschthal, Eric. "Waiting For The Right Holocaust Angle".
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  9. ^ "Past Fellows 1999-2018". The New York Public Library.
  10. ^ "Autor Daniel Kehlmann erhält Anton-Wildgans-Preis 2019". 2019-04-16. Retrieved 2019-04-16.

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