Daniel Kehlmann’s Measuring the World was translated into more than forty languages. Awards his work has received include the Candide Prize, the Literature Prize of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heimito von Doderer Literature Award, the Kleist Prize, the WELT Literature Prize, and the Thomas Mann Prize. This book, Fame: A Novel in Nine Episodes, is his ninth. Kehlmann divides his time between Berlin-Kreuzberg and Vienna.
Pantheon Books, who published it in the U.S., says:
European literary superstar Daniel Kehlmann invites you to imagine being famous—recognized on the street, adored by people who have never met you, and known the world over—but then 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, and you had no way of calling home? How would your fame help you then? Fame and facelessness, truth and deception, spin their way through all nine episodes of FAME, a 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.