Salon Series: A Conversation with Daniel Kehlmann
October 12, 2016
NYU Washington, DC and the Goethe-Institut Washington partnered to present Daniel Kehlmann, renowned German-language author and Eberhard Berent Goethe Chair at New York University.
Daniel Kehlmann is a renowned German-language author and Eberhard Berent Goethe Chair at New York University. Born in 1975, Daniel Kehlmann is 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.
Measuring the World marks the debut of a glorious new talent on the international scene. 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.
Dr. Mary Beth Stein (interlocutor) joined the Department of Romance, German, and Slavic Languages and Literatures at George Washington University in 1997. After receiving her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1993, she taught at Haverford and Carleton Colleges. She has published articles on folklore history, Berlin and the Berlin Wall. Her current research explores the relationship between memory and literature since German reunification. Her primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of German cultural studies, folklore and literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. Supported by a prestigious Fulbright Senior Scholar grant, Professor Mary Beth Stein spent the 2000-2001 academic year in Berlin for a research project that deals with the Stasi files in East Germany and their socio-cultural ramifications. Professor Stein received GW's Bender Teaching Award in 2002.
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The NYU Washington, DC Salon Series: Conversations with Writers & Artists offers an opportunity for the NYU and Washington, DC community to meet and engage in dialogue with acclaimed writers and artists as they reflect on their craft. This program provides facilitated conversations that aim to illuminate the guests’ creative processes, discuss their current works, and explain the impact of their work on the world around us.