Guest of Honour Writer in 2018: Daniel Kehlmann
Kehlmann is one of the most original European authors. He is helping different cultures to meet, not only as a writer but as a literary critic and an essayist as well.
He was born in München in 1975, and now he splits his time between Wien and Berlin. He was only in his twenties when his novels and essays were wildly popular in Germany. His novel Measuring the World has brought him world-wide fame: it sat on top of the US bestsellers lists for months, and it was received quite well in Hungary too. In 2006 Kehlmann was awarded the Kleist Prize, the highest of the German literary prizes. In 2008, he was awarded the Thomas Mann Prize. Critics worldwide are praising him for his refined style, enormous amount of knowledge, intelligence and singular sense of humour. He is one of the most original European authors. He is helping different cultures to meet, not only as a writer but as a literary critic and an essayist as well, by offering reviews of world literature (including the works of Hungarian writers) to the German reading public, and exhibiting the wonders of German culture to the English-speaking parts of the world.
Available in English: Me and Kaminski (2003), Measuring the World (2005), Fame: A Novel in Nine Episodes (2009), F: A Novel (2014).