, born in 1975, is one of the most celebrated writers of our time. Kehlmann was born in Munich and grew up in Vienna, where he studied philosophy. His novels have been translated into many languages. “Die Vermessung der Welt“ (“Measuring The World“), published in 2005, has sold six million copies. Kehlmann has been awarded many prizes, including the “Welt-Literaturpreis” (2007) or the “Friedrich-Hölderlin-Preis” (2018). His work comprises novels, essays, and plays. His latest novel “Tyll” was published in 2017. Kehlmann lives in New York and Berlin. This is the text of the speech Kehlmann gave at the opening of the International Bruckner Festival on September 9th, 2018.