Luke Davies

Altitude Sickness

You Should Have Left

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Daniel Kehlmann has a knack for making light work of monumental themes. In 2005 he made a name for himself with his unlikely bestseller Measuring the World, a fictionalised account of the lives of two 19th-century German scientists. It’s a novel that tackles some weighty – potentially leaden – subjects, from the pursuit of knowledge to the building of nations. And yet in Kehlmann’s hands, these issues become a rich source of levity and wit. 


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