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Title
Measuring the World - A Novel
Author
Daniel Kehlmann
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Vintage Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20071009

Measuring the World marks the debut of a glorious new talent on the international scene. Young Austrian writer Daniel Kehlmann's brilliant comic novel revolves around the meeting of two colossal geniuses of the Enlightenment.

Late in the eighteenth century, two young Germans set out to measure the world. One of them, the aristocratic naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, negotiates jungles, voyages down the Orinoco River, tastes poisons, climbs the highest mountain known to man, counts head lice, and explores and measures every cave and hill he comes across. The other, the reclusive and barely socialized mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, can prove that space is curved without leaving his home. Terrifyingly famous and wildly eccentric, these two polar opposites finally meet in Berlin in 1828, and are immediately embroiled in the turmoil of the post-Napolean world.

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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. His
works have been translated into more than twenty languages, and Measuring the World became an instant best seller in several European countries. Kehlmann is spending
the fall of 2006 as writer-in-residence at New York University's Deutsches Haus.
He lives in Vienna.

"A masterfully realized, wonderfully entertaining and deeply satisfying novel. . . . Addictively readable and genuinely and deeply funny."
-Los Angeles Times

"Kehlmann's lightly surreal style [is] a mixture of comedy, romance and the macabre, with flashes of magical realism that read like Borges in the Black Forest."
-The Washington Post Book World

"Elegant and measured in design and expression. . . . What distinguishes Kehlmann are quickness of pace and lightness of touch."
-The New York Times Book Review

Type
BOOK
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages
272

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