Fame: A Novel in Nine Episodes

by Daniel Kehlmann, translated by Carol Brown Janeway
(Fiction; Rowohlt Verlag GmbH, 2009; repr., Pantheon, 2010)


The young German author Daniel Kehlmann has won a number of prestigious European literary awards in recent years. His previous novel, Measuring the World, is acknowledged as the most read German-language book in more than two decades and has been translated into more than forty languages. Kehlmann’s third novel, Fame, is structured in nine parts, loosely connected by recurring characters, and explores what constitutes identity in today’s viral, Web-based world, where celebrity is as close as one’s smart phone and society’s ever-increasing dependence on aliases and avatars competes with our sense of interior self.

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