Daniel Kehlmann is a German language novelist and playwright of both Austrian and German nationality. His novel Die Vermessung der Welt (translated into English by Carol Brown Janeway as Measuring the World, 2006) is the best selling book in the German language since Patrick Süskind's Perfume was released in 1985. According to the New York Times it was the world's second best selling novel in 2006. All his subsequent novels reached the number one spot on Germany's SPIEGEL bestseller list and were translated into English. He collaborated with Jonathan Franzen and Paul Reitter on Franzen's 2013 book The Kraus Project.
His play The Mentor, translated by Christopher Hampton, opened at the Ustinov Studio, Bath in April 2017 directed by Laurence Boswell and starring F. Murray Abraham. It transferred to the London West End in July 2017. In October 2017 his play Christmas Eve, also translated by Christopher Hampton, premiered again at the Ustinov Studio. His latest play Voyage of the Damned, a stage adaptation of Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts book, premiered at Josefstadt Theater, Vienna in 2018.
Daniel is currently writing the script for a film adapation of Thomas Mann's Felix Krull. His novella You Should Have Left is currently being adapted into a movie starring Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried.