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By Donald Lambro
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Daniel Kehlmann
At age 35, Daniel Kehlmann is already well-established as a successful novelist with an international following. When "Measuring the World," his first big book, appeared in 2007, British critic Daniel Johnson went happily out on a limb: "Daniel Kehlmann has it in him to be the great German novelist that the world had given up waiting for."
Asked in a recent interview whether his new book is a reaction to his own celebrity, Mr. Kehlmann said he thought not: "Yet the question of fame, of celebrity, and what it does to people, how it distorts their self-image, is a question that has always interested me.