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Dichter zu Gast – Daniel Kehlmann

A conversation between Adam Thirlwell and Daniel Kehlmann
A conversation between Adam Thirlwell and Daniel Kehlmann

In English


  • 05 August 2009, 19:30

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Daniel Kehlmann, Adam Thirlwell


Adam Thirlwell's erotic novel Politics is marked by intelligence, craftsmanship and a very idiosyncratic playing with motifs taken from his teachers Milan Kundera and Vladimir Nabokov. The 1978-born Englishman’s second book, The Delighted States, is not a novel, but a voluminous essay on the art of translation and its role in world literature. Thirlwell proves again that he is not just an original storyteller, but also a major theorist: thus, his visit to Salzburg will center on the question whether a perfect translation is possible, on the role translation errors have played in the cultural history of the world, and what it really means to live the life of a writer.

Daniel Kehlmann was born in Munich in 1975, the son of theater director Michael Kehlmann and actress Dagmar Mettler. In 1981, the family moved to Vienna, where he attended the Kollegium Kalksburg, a Jesuit school, and subsequently studied philosophy and German literature at the University of Vienna. In 1997, his first novel, Beerholms Vorstellung, was published. He has held literary teaching positions in Mainz,Wiesbaden and Göttingen and has won numerous awards, including the Candide Prize, the Prize of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Doderer Prize, Kleist Prize, WELT Prize for Literature, the Per Olov Enquist Prize and the Thomas Mann Prize. Kehlmann’s reviews and essays have been published by numerous magazines and newspapers. His novel Ich und Kaminiski was an international success, the novel Die Vermessung der Welt, translated into forty languages so far, became one of the most successful novels in post-war Germany. Daniel Kehlmann lives in Vienna and Berlin. As “Poet in Residence”, he is the curator of this year's literature program at the Salzburg Festival and has invited different artists to present their work, their view of the world, our times and also of Austria, together with him.