Daniel Kehlmann

  • Un scénariste en mal d'inspiration décide de séjourner avec sa femme et sa fille de quatre ans dans une maison isolée parmi les montagnes. Prendre un grand bol d'air pur, aplanir ses difficultés conjugales, avancer sur son nouveau scénario : le narrateur espère bien que cette retraite hivernale portera ses fruits. Mais l'euphorie des vacanciers tourne court dès leur arrivée : atmosphère angoissante, voisinage louche, phénomènes inexplicables construisent peu à peu le décor d'un drame dont la famille ne sortira peut-être pas indemne... Entre histoire à faire peur et conte fantastique, sans se départir de l'ironie mordante qui lui est coutumière, Kehlmann démontre une fois de plus sa virtuosité narrative.

  • Comment devient-on magicien ? Voici l'histoire d'un jeune homme qui découvre son talent et se voue tout entier à lui.
    Mais la vie de l'illusionniste sera bouleversée le jour où il réussira son plus grand tour. Daniel Kehlmann joue brillamment avec la frontière mouvante et fascinante entre le monde du possible et celui des illusions. Son récit se métamorphose peu à peu, lui aussi, en un irrésistible tour de magie. Dans ce premier roman de 1997, entièrement revu en 2007, Kehlmann maîtrise déjà les caractéristiques de son style qui lui ont permis de conquérir un nombre phénoménal de lecteurs : tout en exerçant son esprit philosophique, il se montre toujours élégant, clair et plein de verve.

  • Cet été-là, les trois frères Friedland courent après le temps. Quelques semaines avant que la grande crise économique de 2008 n'éclate, les jumeaux Iwan et Eric, mais aussi leur demi-frère Martin, redoutent le krach intime. Mensonges, méprises, subterfuges, angoisses et psychotropes - Daniel Kehlmann ironise sur le grand roman familial et s'affirme comme une voix incontournable de la nouvelle littérature de langue allemande.

  • Avec cette fresque historique géniale et décalée, Daniel Kehlmann réinvente la légende de Till l'Espiègle, figure incontournable de la culture européenne, et nous plonge au coeur de la Guerre de Trente Ans (1618-1648). Suite à la condamnation de son père pour sorcellerie, Tyll Ulespiègle fuit son village natal en compagnie de son amie Nele. Ensemble, ils embrassent la liberté mais aussi les difficultés de la vie de saltimbanques et voyagent à travers un pays ravagé par les guerres de religion. Arpenteurs d'un monde vacillant sur ses bases, ils nous entraînent dans un roman plein de surprises et de résonnances actuelles, éloquent, moderne et exaltant.

  • Roman sur deux scientifiques allemands excentriques, devenu le plus grand succès en Allemagne depuis Le Parfum de Süskind. "... ce que Gabriel García Márquez aurait pu écrire s'il était né à Stuttgart", selon un critique anglais.

  • Au funérarium de Princeton, la veuve et quelques proches se réunissent autour du cercueil de Kurt Gdel, le grand mathématicien américain d'origine autrichienne. Après Les Arpenteurs du monde, Daniel Kehlmann, dans cette pièce de théâtre, s'inspire à nouveau du monde des sciences pour relater dans un style toujours aussi jubilatoire le parcours singulier d'un grand scientifique qui croyait aux esprits.

  • 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?yes'>#160;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?yes'>#160;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? yes'>#160;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?yes'>#160;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.From the Hardcover edition.

  • 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.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Sebastian Zollner, a failing art critic, has pinned his hopes of advancement on writing the biography of the artist Kaminski, a former pupil of Matisse, now an ailing recluse. Inept and charmless, Zollner's efforts to unlock the secrets of Kaminski's life lead him to embark on a series of increasingly desperate measures.

  • From the internationally best-selling author of Measuring the World and F, an eerie and supernatural tale of a writer's emotional collapse
    "It is fitting that I'm beginning a new notebook up here. New surroundings and new ideas, a new beginning. Fresh air."
    This passage is from the first entry of a journal kept by the narrator of Daniel Kehlmann's spellbinding new novel. It is the record of the seven days that he, his wife, and his four-year-old daughter spend in a house they have rented in the mountains of Germany--a house that thwarts the expectations of the narrator's recollection and seems to defy the very laws of physics. He is eager to finish a screenplay for a sequel to the movie that launched his career, but something he cannot explain is undermining his convictions and confidence, a process he is recording in this account of the uncanny events that unfold as he tries to understand what, exactly, is happening around him--and within him.

  • A thrilling exploration of psychological disturbance and fear from the bestselling and prize-winning author of Measuring the World.
    On retreat in the wintry Alps with his family, a writer is optimistic about completing the sequel to his breakthrough film. Nothing to disturb him except the wind whispering around their glassy house. The perfect place to focus. Intruding on that peace of mind, the demands of his four-year-old daughter splinter open long-simmering arguments with his wife. I love her, he writes in the notebook intended for his script. Why do we fight all the time?Guilt and expectation strain at his concentration, and strain, too, at the walls of the house. They warp under his watch; at night, looking through the window, he sees impossible reflections on the snow outside.Then the words start to appear in his notebook; the words he didn't write.Familiar and forbidding by turns, this is an electrifying experiment in form by one of Europe's boldest writers. The ordinary struggles of a marriage transform, in Kehlmann's hands, into a twisted fable that stays darkly in the mind.

  • Anglais Fame

    Kehlmann Daniel

    Imagine being famous. Being recognized on the street, adored by people who have never even met you, known the world over. Wouldnt 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 didnt 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 youd 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 Europes finest young writers.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • 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.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais F

    Kehlmann Daniel

    The Friedland brothers have nothing in common. Martin is a priest with no faith. Ivan is an artist with no integrity. Eric is a financier - now, with no money. Each, in their own way, a fake. Each about to step into the abyss.

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