At the end of the 18th century, two young Germans set out to measure the world. One of them, Alexander von Humboldt, fights his way through jungle and across the steppe. The other, mathematician and astronomer Carl Friedrich Gauss, just staying at home in Göttingen, proves that space is curved. With imagination and a great deal of humour, Daniel Kehlmann depicts the lives of two geniuses, their longings and their weaknesses, their balancing act between loneliness and love, absurdity and greatness, failure and success.
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Daniel Kehlmann was born in Munich in 1975 and lives in Vienna. His novels and stories have been translated into more than a dozen languages and he has received many awards, most recently the Candide Prize in 2005. His novel “Ich und Kaminski”, published in 2003, has been an international success.