Fame by Daniel Kehlmann
A Novel in Nine Episodes

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Imagine being famous. Being recognized on the street, adored by people who have never even met you, known the world over. Wouldn’t that be great?
 
But what if, 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 (no book jackets, no TV) and you had no way of calling home? How would your fame help you then?
 
What if someone got hold of your cell phone? What if they spoke to your girlfriends, your agent, your director, and started making decisions for you? And worse, what if no one believed you were you anymore? When you saw a look-alike acting your roles for you, what would you do?
 
And what if one day you realized your magnum opus, like everything else you’d ever written, was a total waste of time, empty nonsense? What would you do next? Would your audience of seven million people keep you going? Or would you lose the capacity to keep on doing it?
 
Fame and facelessness, truth and deception, spin their way through all nine episodes of this 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.

 

About Daniel Kehlmann

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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. Kehlmann divides his time between Vienna and Berlin.
 
Published September 2, 2010 by Quercus Publishing Plc. 192 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A popular mystery writer who fills in for Richter on a press junket becomes trapped in a Kafka-esque nightmare in a Central Asian post-Soviet hellhole where no one knows her.

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From German author Kehlmann (Me and Kaminski, 2008, etc.), nine interconnected stories that cleverly explore the seductive nature of fame--and fiction's role in creating it.

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The New York Times

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This novel’s interconnected stories explore technology-saturated modernity.

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Fame: A Novel in Nine Stories by Daniel Kehlmann Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Fame, by the 35-year-old Daniel Kehlmann, is a novel...

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The Guardian

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There is, despite this, one very good reason why Kehlmann's book should be described as "a novel" on its cover: short story collections do not sell.

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BC Books

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These short stories give a wry insight into the implications of impersonating someone else.

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BC Books

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They hint at what it might mean to be a celebrated author – as Kehlmann is – without ever suggesting that he has run out of material, as is sometimes the case when an author gives up the day job and starts to write about a main character who is a frustrated, lonely novelist with writer’s block.

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Kirkus Reviews

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Usually a book inspires a movie, but for German author Daniel Kehlmann, it was the other way around.

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The Washington Times

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At age 35, Daniel Kehlmann is already well-established as a successful novelist with an international following. When "Measuring the World," his first big book, appeared in 2007, British critic Daniel Johnson went happily out on a limb: "Daniel Kehlmann has it in him to be the great German noveli...

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AV Club

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A German author follows a bestseller with a book that's stuck between novel and short-story collection.

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Los Angeles Times

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In Daniel Kehlmann's new novel, faulty phone lines enable characters to switch identities — at least momentarily.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

There is, besides Ebling and Ralf, Rosalie who has a terminal disease, Maria Rubinstein, a writer of popular books who becomes lost in China during a book tour, Auristos Blanco, a writer of self-help books, “venerated by half the planet and mildly despised by the other.” We also meet Leo Richter,...

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Metro

Book review: Fame by Daniel Kehlmann (Quercus, £12.99) is not so much a novel as a chain reaction of short stories.

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