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Measuring the World Hardcover – 5 Apr 2007

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: riverrun (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847240453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847240453
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.3 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,029,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...a dazzling success ... fantastically imagined...there's an energy and enthusiasm about this book that is so refreshing and true to the spirit of the time in which Humboldt and Gauss lived (Daily Telegraph)

Measuring the World has proved nothing less than a literary sensation... the novel has sold more than 600,000 copies in Germany, knocking J K Rowling and Dan Brown off the bestseller lists... it is the most successful German novel since Patrick Suskind's Perfume... 31-year-old Daniel Kehlmann is a literary wunderkind already being compared to Nabokov and Proust'

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The novel belies the German reputation for humourlessness and the author very much plays it for laughs without demeaning his protagonists. What he conveys so well is the presence of two extraordinary personalities...It is a delightful read (Literary Review)

'Kehlmann brings to life the intellectual world both men inhabit with a dazzling combination of wry humour and humane observation... Kehlmann doesn't just illuminate the lives of these two men, he captures the wondrous nature of the universe through the prism of uncompromising intellectual ideas' (Metro)

'A historical novel that handles facts with the delight of a wide-eyed child handling exaggerated fictions. With a boundless sense of fun and an impressive command of his subject, he explores scientific and metaphorical ideas of opposites, parallels and distances, and wonders - against the backdrop of the universe - what their ultimate significance could be .... A deceptively clever novel - understated and boldly ambitious in its scope' (Observer)

Daniel Kehlmann's Measuring the World announces the arrival of a new generation...Kehlmann is a master of irony ... already a figure of European stature...(he) has it in him to be the great German novelist that the world had given up waiting for (Sunday Telegraph)

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At the end of the eighteenth century, two brilliant and eccentric young scientists set out to measure the world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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