By Daniel Kehlmann

From the the world over best-selling writer Daniel Kehlmann, a provocative and wickedly humorous novel approximately unpredictable men–one an artist and the opposite a journalist, who jointly embark on an unforeseen event with uproarious effects.

Sebastian Zollner’s failure as a journalist is matched simply via his own mess ups: his female friend is relocating in a brand new lover ahead of Sebastian even is aware he’s been dumped. trying to find the holiday that may redeem him within the eyes of his friends, he heads off on a wild goose chase into the mountains to interview the eccentric, mythical painter Manuel Kaminski, with the desire of writing his biography.

Kaminski goes blind and resides in seclusion together with his daughter. He can be engaged on his subsequent masterpiece or easing into his ultimate days, and his inconsistent profession increases the query of even if he has been a fraud or a genius. His inventive popularity hinges on any variety of components yet so much prominently on a definitive biography. input Zollner–who has no goal of writing a gasp piece. He’s out to dig dust and to strength Kaminski to confront the legacy of his paintings. however the secrets and techniques he uncovers will lead Kaminski, and Zollner himself, to areas neither of them ever anticipated to go.

With edgy wit and intelligence, Daniel Kehlmann dives into the issues of what's “truth” in our celebrity-crazed occasions and embraces the strength and humanity that lie underneath the pretensions of the paintings and journalistic worlds. A firecracker of a unique.

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The following crew has to be as a result of be flushed via quickly, after which there has to be staff down the following, the mine used to be nonetheless working as a enterprise, in the end. I listened. I cleared my throat and yelled; i used to be astonished to find that there has been no echo. The stone appeared to swallow my voice. I grew to become off to the perfect, went via one, , 3 doorways in a directly line, the fourth was once locked. imagine logically! I went left, on via metal doorways, and located myself at a crossroads. based on what the advisor had stated, the doorways have been to avoid draft in case a fireplace broke out; with no them one unmarried flame may possibly suck all of the air within the mine towards itself. have been there fireplace alarms? For a second I performed with the belief of lighting fixtures whatever. yet I had not anything flamable with me, I’d even run out of cigarettes. i spotted that tiny condensed drops of water have been putting off the pipes. used to be that standard? i attempted doorways, one was once locked, the opposite led right into a passageway I’d already been in sooner than. Or had I? i wanted I had a cigarette. I sat down at the flooring. an individual could come, could come quickly, without doubt approximately it. The mine complicated couldn’t be all that giant. Did they prove the lighting at evening? the floor used to be as chilly as ice, I couldn’t remain sitting. I stood up. I known as out. I known as louder. i spotted it wasn’t doing any stable. I yelled till i used to be hoarse. I sat down back. An idiotic impulse made me pull out my cellular phone, yet after all there has been no reception, you couldn’t locate at any place extra ideal for blockading reception than a salt mine. not easy to make a decision: used to be my state of affairs basically painful, or used to be it harmful? I leaned my head opposed to the wall, for a moment i presumed I observed a spider, however it was once a bit stain, there have been no bugs down right here. I checked out my watch, an hour had already passed by, both time down right here was once going speedier or my lifestyles used to be going slower, or perhaps my watch simply wasn’t preserving time appropriately. may still i'm going farther or wait right here? i used to be unexpectedly drained. for only a second, I closed my eyes. I tested the veins within the rock. They ran towards each other, joined, yet by no means crossed, like the branches of a river. A endless gradual torrent of salt within the bowels of the earth. i have to now not doze off, i assumed, then I heard voices speaking to me, which I replied, a piano used to be taking part in someplace, then i used to be sitting in an aircraft, vast, sparkling landscapes: mountains, cities, and sea, humans walked earlier, a baby laughed, I checked out my watch, yet my eyes couldn’t specialise in it competently. status up used to be an attempt, my physique was once numb with chilly. The metal door opened of its personal accord, I went via it, came across myself in Elke’s lounge, and knew that i used to be anticipated eventually. She got here towards me, I flung my fingers large in pleasure, and opened my eyes, i used to be sitting at the flooring, less than the rainy pipes, within the yellow mild of the underground lamps, by myself. It was once a bit after six. I’d been the following hours already. i used to be trembling with chilly. I stood up, hopped from one foot to the opposite, and clapped my fingers.

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