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Ruhm

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Ein Schriftsteller mit der unheilvollen Neigung, Menschen, die ihm nahestehen, zu Literatur zu machen, ein verwirrter Internetblogger, ein Abteilungsleiter mit Doppelleben, ein berühmter Schauspieler, der lieber unbekannt wäre, eine alte Dame auf der Reise in den Tod: Ihre Wege kreuzen sich in einem Geflecht von Episoden zwischen Wirklichkeit und Schein. Ein Spiegelkabinet ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published 2009 by Rowohlt
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Alexandra
Extrem innovative Idee neun Kurzgeschichten derart zu präsentieren, dass die Nebenfiguren der einen Geschichte die Hauptfigur in einer anderen Geschichte bilden. So muss man sich nicht ständig auf völlig Neues umstellen und aus dem gesamten Buch wird doch tatsächlich so was wie ein Roman, der aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven erzählt wird. Dieses Konzept hat mir außerordentlich gut gefallen, genauso wie die Inhalte der Geschichten, teilweise völlig lapidare Ereignisse, die jedem von uns passier ...more
Petya
Stories about stories, but this one I liked.

I think of myself as short story intolerant, because I have a hard time getting and keeping a feeling about a plot, and if it's a short one, there are usually lots of missing pieces too, so it gets even more confusing... horrible. On the other hand, if it turns out to be a good short story, I feel too lousy when it ends so quickly.

But these stories are joined together. Not only are there interrelations among their protagonists, but they are also inse
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Jenni
1) "Stimmen": kreative Geschichte mit Hang zur Kritik an der Informationsgesellschaft, erinnert mich an Poetry Slam, 4 Sterne

2) "In Gefahr": konventionelle Story, Klischee-Charaktere (der immer-depressive, unselbstständige Autor, an seiner Seite die starke, im Leben stehende Entwicklungshelferin). 1 Stern

3) "Rosalie geht sterben": Wechselspiel zwischen Handlungs- und Metaebene, Story leider etwas konventionell geraten (Sterbehilfe ist irgendwie ein ausgelutschtes Thema), 2 Sterne

4) "Der Ausweg"
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Katie
This book contains 9 short stories based on the theme of known-ness. Beyond that central theme, the stories have nothing in common with each other except that the characters from one might name-drop characters from another, or in at least one case, claim to run into another character. All the stories have a somewhat melancholy tone to them.

While the first story interested and amused me greatly, I became less and less interested as the book went on. The bleak tone became too weighty, as I started
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Peter
Ein intellektueller Selbstmörder, eine lebende Romanfigur und ein verzweifelter Bigamist sind nur ein kleiner Bruchteil der Charaktere, die Kehlmann durch die Welt ziehen und interagieren lässt. Nicht unbedingt miteinander aber mit maßgeblichen Berührungspunkten.

Das in 9 Kurzgeschichten aufgeteilte Buch ist doch ein Ganzes. Die Wertigkeit und Deutung der Zusammenhänge ist in meinen Augen nicht steril sondern Tiefsinnig gelungen und lädt zum Gedankenverlieren in das eigene Leben ein. Der Tanz zwi
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Martina
Kehlmann's "Fame" is absolutely brilliant. First off, the idea is superb. I'm a sucker for both unusual premises and unusual compositions, and it's no wonder I liked the book so much. The idea of a novel consisting of stories is not overly employed, so it felt like a breath of fresh air in my usual reading menu. I loved how the protagonists of each story are linked to each other, so loosely and finely, but you are squealing with delight while you are uncovering the connection. And that, I daresa ...more
Coenraad
Outstanding. A wonderful read after Kehlmann's novel Measuring the world. The way in which he creates bizarre, absurd situations in such a matter-of-fact way is exciting, and then the way in which the nine stories blend into each other - truly magnificent. The version I've read (the cover is not available on Goodreads yet) does not mention the original subtitle, except when indicating the original title on the back of the title page. That makes even more sense of this set of stories: that they f ...more
Sarah
Mein Vater hat mir dieses Buch zu Nikolaus geschenkt und ich finde es toll. Es besteht, wie der Titel schon sagt, aus neun verschiedenen Geschichten, die aber alle miteinander zusammenhängen. Die eine Person, die in einer Geschichte kurz erwähnt wird, ist in einer anderen Geschichte wiederum die Hauptperson und zwischen allen Protagonisten besteht eine gewisse Verbindung.

Ich fand es unglaublich spannend, all diese Geschichten zu hören und war wirklich enttäuscht, als ich das Buch ausgelesen hatt
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·Karen·
Kehlmann calls this a novel in nine stories, but I’m afraid that he lays claim to creating something new and original which he does not succeed in achieving. They are short stories: connected, yes, entertaining, yes, but nothing terribly astounding. Unfortunately he raised expectations with me that he could not satisfy. Naturally I was looking out for how he would create a novel out of these separate stories, and at least at the beginning I was fairly disappointed: the links seemed facile and ch ...more
Lauren
Completing my unintentional German literary trinity, this interrelated short story collection was, without a doubt, my favorite of the bunch. Part of that may be due to the mixed reviews I read after stumbling upon this book in the library – I went in with low expectations, which were quickly exceeded. Mr. Kehlmann expects his readers to think and connect the dots, and it’s not always immediately clear why he decided on a certain action or scene. Frankly, discussing the intricacies of this novel ...more
Pauline
When I decided to read Daniel Kelhmann's Fame, I was expecting a novel that spanned the entire length of the book, with chapters the author referred to as "episodes." It did say "A Novel in Nine Episodes" on the jacket cover. So imagine my surprise when it turned out to be more like a short story collection than a novel, though all characters from the nine episodes were related or connected in some way, and each plot or setting is an antecedent or aftermath of the other. And while this did kind ...more
Jeanne
Stories that intermingle. I'm not sure why it starts with Ralf and then leaves him behind. It suggests that he might be the main focus, but really it goes more to the writers (imagine that, a book focusing on a writer).

The thread that holds this book together is the question of reality and unreality. Is that existentialism? The chapter about the old woman with cancer says it all as she asks the author to change her fate. He says it doesn't matter because she's not real, like he is. She's not so
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Dinah
I thought postmodern novels weren't really for me, but I really enjoyed this book. Some plot developments were a little too predictable for my taste, but good characters and good storytelling.
Patrick
Beliebig.
oder:
Literatur für Anfänger.
oder:
Ach wirklich?!
oder:
Ich hab's verstanden, und ich bin froh drüber.
oder:
Schreibt der jetzt ECHT über Coelho?
oder:
und.
Tim Horvat
GROSSARTIG -
Daniel Kehlmann je eden najboljših nemških pisateljev po vojni, definitivno. Pravi postmodernist, ki ne utruja in mori, ampak piše - in piše samoumevno, svetovi, ki si jih izmišlja, se zdijo, kot da ga prav jezi, da jih še ne poznamo. Devet zgodb, kjer so stranski junaki v eni glavni v drugi, ne tvori le omnibusa (čeprav bi že to bilo vrhunsko), ampak to famozno postmodernistično metafikcijo, kot jo je v tistem romanu do konca razturil Haas - ene zgodbe so "izmišljene", druge pa "re
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Luc
Kehlmann is een virtuoze plotconstructeur die mij een beetje doet denken aan wat de Mexicaanse regisseur Iñárritu voor mekaar kreeg in zijn films "Amores Perros" en "Babel": het op ingenieuze manier verbinden van levensverhalen die schijnbaar niets met mekaar te maken hebben. Dit gebeurt zowel thematisch als materieel. Materieel duikt de hoofdfiguur van één verhaal als nevenfiguur, passant of decor op in een ander verhaal of liggen de boeken van een wereldwijde esoterische bestsellerauteur wel e ...more
Jill
FAME is a clever book – which is both a compliment and a critique. It takes place in nine loosely woven chapters and, at its core, it’s about the power of stories.

“We’re always in stories,” says Leo Richter, the fictional famous writer. “Stories within stories within stories. You never know where one ends and another begins! In truth, they all flow into one another. It’s only in books that they’re clearly divided.”

Two of the stories – towards the beginning and at the end – are focused on Leo Ric
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Courtney Reed
I found this book to be very engaging, mostly because I would not let myself put it down until I found some semblance of a plot in it. I knew the book was organized in different episodes, yet I had some sort of hope that everything would come together at some point, which it does in a way. The interconnected plot and the vague distinction between what is a story, what is not, and which of the stories are stories in a story keeps you reading mostly just to figure out what's going on. The novel al ...more
Kirsten
Ruhm – Ein Roman in neun Geschichten ist eine schöne Erzählungssammlung, aber kein Roman. Neun Episoden, von denen acht auch einzeln zu lesen sind, reihen sich locker aneinander, verweisen jedoch auch aufeinander. Immer wieder tauchen Personen auf, die einem aus einer früheren Geschichte bereits bekannt sind, beziehungsweise deren Namen zumindest schon gefallen sind. Mit der Zeit wird so ein kleiner Ausschnitt einer Welt gezeigt, in die man als Leser dennoch nicht tief eintaucht.

Thematisiert wir
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sabisteb
9 Kurzgeschichten von Daniel Kehlmann:
1. Stimmen.
Computertechniker Ebling bekommt sein erstes Handy. Bei der Telefongesellschaft jedoch gab es einen Fehler und er erhält die Nummer eines anderen Teilnehmers, namens Ralf. Plötzlich rufen wildfremde Menschen bei ihm an.
2. In Gefahr.
Die Ärztin Elisabeth begleitet ihren Freund, den berühmten Schriftsteller Leo Richter, auf seiner Lesereise durch Lateinamerika.
3. Rosalie geht sterben.
Rosalies Reise nach Zürich zu einem Verein für Sterbehilfe
4. De
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Matt
A pretty solid book of slightly experiemental narratives in the meta vein. The cover tells me it's a novel in nine episodes, but I'm not sure I see that; the stories cross over, it's true, but I'm not sure they even really follow a particular theme, let alone develop it in a consistent or probing way.

The theme is maybe fame, as the title would suggest, or more openly identity-- who we are and how we know that, what it means. But as I suggested, it's not consistently developed beyond some observa
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Aaron (Typographical Era)
Make no mistake; even though Fame is subtitled “a novel in nine episodes” it’s still very much a short story collection. This is in no means a bad thing, but don’t be fooled into believing that “nine episodes” stuff. What you get are nine separate stories interconnected by the characters that appear in each.

A lot of different things can come to mind when one thinks about the meaning of the word fame: money, adoration, success, and stalkers just to name a few, but what Kehlmann’s attempting to do
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Belinda
Wanted to give this 4 stars as it was really brilliant how the author questioned the nature of the story..but yet..something was slightly amiss, it was too mechanical for me at times, perhaps this was intentional or could be because of bad translation.

I particularly enjoyed the stories featuring Leo Richter who I think is a famous Kehlmann protagonist so I will definitely consider reading books by him in the future.
Linda Michel-Cassidy
Fantastic. Distractingly so. Don't wnat it to end. Just ordered "Measuring the World"
Didn't read it in German. The English version, "Fame" isn't coming up on the screen, but it's out there now in a local shop near you.
That said, one feature I really appreciated about the book was that the stories are linked, but it doesn't seem forced. In fact, their connected nature sort of creeps up on the reader. The first story might be the strongest, and I loved all of the sections about the writer dealing
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Grisu
Bin ein großer Fan von Kehlmann, muss aber sagen, dass mir die Novellen/Romane dann doch mehr liegen als diese Kurzgeschichten. Dennoch fand ich die Geschichten sehr interessant und zum Nachdenken anregend. Ich wurde schnell in den Moment und die Welt der Charaktere gesaugt und war dann eigentlich immer nur traurig, wenn es schon so schnell zuende war und zur nächsten Geschichte ging. Die Geschichten sind alle mehr oder weniger direkt miteinander verbunden, es bleibt aber durch die Kürze und die ...more
Nicole
I don't remember where I read about this but the article/review was enough to motivate me to place a hold for it at the library.

Fame reads as a collection of short stories, but the vignettes all connect through the characters. Someone who is a minor character in one story will show up as the protagonist in another. A couple of the stories have a postmodern fiction within a fiction feel, which I find very well done here. The only story that was a little difficult to read was the one told by a cha
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Amy Kitchell-Leighty
READ THIS BOOK! I stumbled upon this book in the library and am so glad I did. It’s innovative and clever, funny and charming, darkly comic, and entertaining from the get-go. Kehlmann’s, Fame, is a novel in nine episodes, nine short stories that are connected, though each could stand alone as individual short stories if need be. Kehlmann’s writing is contemporary and crafty.

In his last story (number 9) titled “In Danger,” his character Leo, an accomplished author, says: “Stories within stories
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BookBrowse
Like a hazy summer day, Anthropology of an American Girl never fully clicked into focus for me, which, oddly enough, is precisely why it so thoroughly captured my mind ... This imprecision in Evie's narration rendered the book as unresolved, as unanswerable, as many of my own teenage longings. It felt almost like a memory, despite my many points of difference with the heroine. I now feel possessive of this book, and I will be eager to watch its fortune in the marketplace, eager to talk about it ...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Giovane scrittore (classe '75) nato a Monaco di Baviera e residente a Vienna, Kehlmann è considerato uno dei talenti della nuova letteratura tedesca e, malgrado la sua età, ha già collezionato svariati premi e riconoscimenti. Fama è una raccolta di racconti collegati tra loro da continui rimandi e giochi di specchi tra un autore, lo scrittore Leo Richter, e alcuni personaggi, a volte sue creazioni letterarie, a volte intrusi che cercano a tutti i costi di entrare nelle sue opere; il tutto condit ...more
Luscinnia
Es fing wahnsinnig gut an. Ich mochte (und mag noch immer) den Schreibstil sehr gerne.
Leider hielt das "hohe Niveau" nicht so lange an. Es ist ein gutes Buch. Die Idee ist klasse, aber mir fehlte da einfach "das große Ganze". Alle Geschichtenepisoden sind miteinander verknüpft, aber es gibt keine "übergeordnete Handlung", die beginnt und zu etwas hinführt und das hat mir einfach gefehlt.
Bei dem Kapitel, dass der Internetblogger verfasst hat, rollten sich mir die Zehennägel genüsslich bis zum Haa
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Daniel Kehlmann is a German-Austrian author.

His novel Measuring the World was translated into more than forty languages. Awards his work has received include the Candide Prize, the Literature Prize of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heimito von Doderer Literature Award, the Kleist Prize, the WELT Literature Prize, and the Thomas Mann Prize. Kehlmann divides his time between Vienna and Berlin.
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