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Fame: A Novel in Nine Episodes

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,361 Ratings  ·  181 Reviews
Imagine being famous. Being recognized on the street, adored by people who have never even met you, known the world over. Wouldn’t that be great?

But what if, one day, you got stuck in a country where celebrity means nothing, where no one spoke your language and you didn’t speak theirs, where no one knew your face (no book jackets, no TV) and you had no way of calling home?
Hardcover, 181 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Pantheon (first published January 16th 2009)
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May 24, 2011 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 14, 2016 Petya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 09, 2010 Jenni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"
Feb 28, 2011 Katie rated it it was ok
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
Jan 22, 2014 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
kostas  vamvoukakis
4,5* πραγματικα πολυ καλο σπονδυλωτο μυθιστορημα. καποιες απο τις ιστοριες ειναι απιστευτα καλες. ωραιοι χαρακτηρες και με πολυ βαθος...
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
Mar 21, 2013 Martina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 13, 2012 Coenraad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 14, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Malihe Hasanzade
این کتاب مجموعه داستانی بود که در واقع ابعاد مختلف یک داستان رو روایت میکرد و بصورت ضمنی هم به تفاوت ظاهر و باطن و افکار آدمها در موقعیت های مختلف اشاره داشت. ایده و شیوه ی نگارش برای من جالب و نسبتا جذاب بود. نظرم بهتره این کتاب، بطور پیوسته و بدون فاصله ی زمانی طولانی مطالعه بشه تا خواننده بتونه داستانهایی که قسمت های نسبتا گسیخته از داستان اصلی و بیان میکنن رو دنبال کنه.
This is a set of stories, just stories. In my opinion the connections between ‘em are far too thin to call it anything else. If Daniel Kehlmann – and he says so – had the ambition to let this book be qualified as a sort of novel, he has failed in that respect.
The stories have caught my attention, let’s say, on different levels. Not always convincing, sometimes as if the author had deliberately tried to prevent the reader from getting involved. Towards me, the fact that the author, in the text, s
Dec 08, 2012 Patrick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Literatur für Anfänger.
Ach wirklich?!
Ich hab's verstanden, und ich bin froh drüber.
Schreibt der jetzt ECHT über Coelho?
Sep 09, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 28, 2010 Pauline rated it really liked it
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
May 29, 2011 sabisteb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 01, 2015 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2015
Ich mag es sehr wenn Geschichten so ineinandergreifen wie hier. Erinnert mich an Ghostwritten von David Mitchell. Kehlmann ist ein Meister des Dialogs und seine Experimente allesamt gelungen. Klar, ich mochte manche Geschichten mehr als andere aber alles in allem war es wirklich sehr gut.
Dec 28, 2010 Jeanne rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
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
Xabier Cid
Nov 08, 2009 Xabier Cid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I normally don't like meta-literature novels, or more precisely, books where the main character is a writer. I found them an egomaniac exercise, and very often they are also boring and pedantic books. But this is not the case of 'A fama'.

What humourous book! From the death to the laugh and come back, it is a novel that I really liked, and that offered very sweet moments to me: the troll description is superb, and some other bits have call to my memory some willingly fragments from Unamuno's Nieb
Bence Kiss-dobronyi
One of the most interesting story lines and structures out of the books which I have read so far. 9 different, but interacting stories make up the novel, each revealing some new information on the previous ones. And while the different, but somehow connected lives of the protagonists go on and in them the author discusses topics such as technology and our life, euthanasia or religion there is also seems to be a deeper motivation to show how our, seemingly insignificant, choices are making differ ...more
Nov 15, 2015 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich hatte dieses Buch noch irgendwie daheim rumliegen und wusste gerade nicht, was ich lesen soll, deshalb gab ich ihm 'ne Chance.

Ich hätte nie gedacht, dass...
...mir dieses Buch so gut gefällt.
...dass Kehlmann mich nach 20 Seiten schon so mit dem Schicksal der Figuren mitfiebern lässt.
...dass ich das Buch nach dem ersten Lesen nochmal durchblättere, um zu überprüfen, dass auch wirklich alle 9 Geschichten miteinander verwoben sind.
...dass diese so dann tatsächlich genial verwoben sind, dass ich
Although billed as "a novel in 9 episodes", this reads more like a series of interlinked stories. It is not really true, as the blurb on the back led me to believe, that most of the events result from the misattribution of a famous actor's cell number to an ordinary, slightly disgruntled citizen. In fact, both Ralf Tanner and Ebling are noticeably absent from the second half of the book. On the negative side, it sometimes felt to me that when Kehlmann veers into the surreal, it's because he has ...more
Jul 27, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short story collection was amazing!!
Annabel Hertz
Dec 05, 2014 Annabel Hertz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across Daniel Kehlmann (so to speak) by accident, opened this book, and knew at once I would like it. The writing is sharp, insightful, and refreshing, and Kehlmann creates and captures certain personalities to a tee—in contexts that maximize the humor of their idiosyncrasies and Kehlmann's social commentary. Am now reading two of his other books, 'Me and Kaminski' and 'Measuring the World.'
Jun 17, 2009 Dinah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 04, 2016 Valie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like the book he got famous for "Die Vermessung der Welt". I found it quite pretentious and boring and didn't like his writing style (reported speech the whole book through!). A friend urged me to give him another chance and recommended Ruhm. And what can I say - I still don't like this author. Still pretentious and show-off-y without really doing something new. This kind of meta-fiction has been done better and more interesting before. Also his writing doesn't do anything for me. I gue ...more
Jun 06, 2016 Alessia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo autore mi è stato consigliato all'Università dal mio professore di traduzione tedesca. Mi ha chiesto di provare a leggere uno dei suoi libri e di cercare di capire perché Kehlmann ha avuto successo in Germania e in molti altri Paesi nel mondo ma non in Italia. Onestamente non riesco a trovare un motivo per cui l'autore possa non piacere, io ho adorato il suo libro.
Tutto, dalla trama al modo in cui è scritto, dal modo in cui le nove storie siano praticamente isolate ma allo stesso tempo c
Mar 13, 2015 George rated it really liked it
Shelves: 21st-century
Πρώτη επαφή με τον γνωστό (και αρκετά νέο σε ηλικία) Γερμανό συγγραφέα Ντάνιελ Κέλμαν. Με άφησε πολύ ευχαριστημένο, νιώθω ότι διάβασα κάτι το διαφορετικό, κάτι το πολύ καλό αλλά όχι εξαιρετικό, σίγουρα κάτι το πολύ ενδιαφέρον.

Δεν είναι μυθιστόρημα με αρχή, μέση και τέλος, αλλά ούτε συλλογή διηγημάτων, είναι εννιά επεισόδια που αφορούν πολλούς χαρακτήρες, που ο ένας συναντά τον άλλο, η μια πράξη τους ενός στην μια ιστορία, μπορεί να επηρεάζει τον άλλο σε άλλη ιστορία. Και δεν είναι όλοι οι χαρακ
Tim Horvat
Aug 15, 2014 Tim Horvat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 29, 2015 Luc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-german
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
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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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“It's precisely the sense that we're different that makes us so banal.” 16 likes
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