Daniel Kehlmann was born in 1975 in Munich, the son of a director and an actress. He attended a Jesuit college in Vienna, traveled widely, and has won several awards for previous novels and short stories, most recently the 2005 Candide Award.
Mr. Kehlmann made his literary debut in 1997, with the novel Beerholms Vorstellung. He has since published, among other novels, Der fernste Ort (2004) and the 2003 international bestseller, Ich und Kaminski. His latest novel, Die Vermessung der Welt, has as its protagonists Alexander von Humboldt and the mathematician and astronomer Carl Friedrich Gauss. The English translation, Measuring the World, was published in 2006 by Pantheon in translation by Carol Brown Janeway. Mr. Kehlmann’s works have been translated into more than 40 languages, and Measuring the World instantly became a bestseller.
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