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Daniel Kehlmann, Die Vermessung der Welt : measuring celebrity through the ages

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Publication date3/10/2011
Host publicationEmerging German-language novelists of the twenty-first century
EditorsLyn Marven, Stuart Taberner
Place of PublicationRochester, N.Y.
PublisherCamden House
Number of pages14
ISBN (print)9781571134219
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This article analyses the spectacular success of Daniel Kehlmann's novel, Die Vermessung der Welt (2005: Measuring the World, 2007). It argues that despite the novel's apparently learned subject matter - it follows the lives of two 19th-century scientists, Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Gauss - it draws on markedly 21st century processes of celebrity, both in respect of how the characters are presented and in terms of textual strategiesdirected towards the reader.This close textual reading is put into the context of Daniel Kehlmann's own sudden celebrification as the novel topped the bestseller lists in Germany for 35 consecutive weeks and was subsequently translated into over 40 languages.

Bibliographic note

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award for the volume, 2011. Published in paperback, 2013.