Measuring the World marks the debut of a glorious new talent on the international scene. Young Austrian writer Daniel Kehlmanns 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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"The narrative is notable for its brisk pacing, lively prose and wry humor ... which keenly complements Kehlmann's intelligent, if not especially deep, treatment of science, mathematics and reason at the end of the Enlightenment." - Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. The uncomfortable humor of being, in Gauss' case, too brilliant ... suffuses Kehlmann's heady historical novel, which may especially delight science-fiction connoisseurs." - Booklist
"Steeped in German classicism and set against the topsy-turvy politics of the Napoleonic wars, this is a wonderfully entertaining depiction of an era, but, more importantly, a warm, playful portrait of two delightfully improbable men. Brilliant." - Kirkus
"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." - Washington Post Book World
"Elegant and measured in design and expression. ... What distinguishes Kehlmann are quickness of mind and lightness of touch." - The New York Times Book Review
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Born in 1975, Daniel Kehlmann is a German language author of both Austrian and German nationality. He is the author of many essays and short stories and at least five novels including Die Vermessung der Welt (2005, published in English as Measuring the World) and Ruhm (2009, published in English as Fame).
Measuring the World has been translated into more than forty languages and is the biggest selling novel in German since Patrick Süskind's Perfume. His awards 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.
He divides his time between Vienna and Berlin.
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