Award-winning novelist Daniel Kehlmann will discuss his new novella, “You Should Have Left,” with the book’s translator, Ross Benjamin, and Eric Banks, director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, on Mon., Dec. 4.

NYU's Deutsches Haus

Award-winning novelist Daniel Kehlmann will discuss his new novella, You Should Have Left, with the book’s translator, Ross Benjamin, and Eric Banks, director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, on Mon., Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. at NYU’s Deutsches Haus (42 Washington Mews location [at University Place]).

You Should Have Left, in the form of the narrator’s diary, is a house-of-mirrors work that captures a seven-day stint that a writer, bent on finishing his latest screenplay, is spending with his family in the mountains of Germany.

Daniel Kehlmann, the Eberhard Berent Goethe Chair at NYU’s Department of German, has received numerous awards, including the Candide-Preis (2005), Kleist-Preis (2006), Heimito von Doderer-Preis (2006), WELT-Literaturpreis (2007), Per-Olov-Enquis-Preis (2008), Thomas-Mann-Preis (2008), Prix Cévennes du roman européen (2010), and, most recently, the Nestroy-Theaterpreis (2012). His publications include the novels Tyll (2017), Du hättest gehen sollen (2016), F (2013), Ruhm (2009), Die Vermessung der Welt (2005), and Ich und Kaminski (2003) as well as the books of essays Kommt, Geister (2014), Lob (2010), and Wo ist Carlos Montufar? (2005). 

Benjamin received a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on Franz Kafka’s Diaries. His previous translations include Friedrich Hölderlin’s Hyperion, Kevin Vennemann’s Close to Jedenew, Joseph Roth’s Job, Thomas Pletzinger’s Funeral for a Dog, and Clemens J. Setz’s Indigo. He was awarded the 2010 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize for his rendering of Michael Maar’s Speak, Nabokov and a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Banks, formerly a senior editor of Artforum and editor in chief of Bookforum, has contributed to a range of publications, including the New York Times Book Review, the Financial Times, Slate, the Wall Street JournalAperture, and the Chronicle of Higher Education; this past year he served as chair of the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.

“You Should Have Left” is a DAAD-sponsored event.

Events at Deutsches Haus are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. As space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive 10 minutes prior to the event.

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