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Tyll

(2020)
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'A masterly achievement, a work of imaginative grandeur and complete artistic control' Ian McEwan

'Brilliant and unputdownable' Salman Rushdie

He's a trickster, a player, a jester. His handshake's like a pact with the devil, his smile like a crack in the clouds; he's watching you now and he's gone when you turn. Tyll Ulenspiegel is here!

In a village like every other village in Germany, a scrawny boy balances on a rope between two trees. He's practising. He practises by the mill, by the blacksmiths; he practises in the forest at night, where the Cold Woman whispers and goblins roam. When he comes out, he will never be the same.

Tyll will escape the ordinary villages. In the mines he will defy death. On the battlefield he will run faster than cannonballs. In the courts he will trick the heads of state. As a travelling entertainer, his journey will take him across the land and into the heart of a never-ending war.

A prince's doomed acceptance of the Bohemian throne has European armies lurching brutally for dominion and now the Winter King casts a sunless pall. Between the quests of fat counts, witch-hunters and scheming queens, Tyll dances his mocking fugue; exposing the folly of kings and the wisdom of fools.

With macabre humour and moving humanity, Daniel Kehlmann lifts this legend from medieval German folklore and enters him on the stage of the Thirty Years' War. When citizens become the playthings of politics and puppetry, Tyll, in his demonic grace and his thirst for freedom, is the very spirit of rebellion - a cork in water, a laugh in the dark, a hero for all time.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Kehlmann’s imagination runs deep and wild. It travels with the currents of history, in its cycles of brutality and violence, it reaches into our own solitude and silence, summoning us, it soars far and high, and echoes with the power of myth." - Valeria Luiselli

"A masterly achievement, a work of imaginative grandeur and complete artistic control." - Ian McEwan

"This is a brilliant and unputdownable novel. Kehlmann is the true inheritor of the German fabulist tradition that stretches back to the Brothers Grimm and even further, and in the legendary prankster figure of Tyll Ulenspiegel he has found his perfect avatar." - Salman Rushdie


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February 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Tyll: A Novel
Author(s): Daniel Kehlmann
ISBN: 1-5247-4746-7 / 978-1-5247-4746-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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February 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Tyll: Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020
Author(s): Daniel Kehlmann
ISBN: 1-5294-0365-0 / 978-1-5294-0365-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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February 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tyll: Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020
Author(s): Daniel Kehlmann
ISBN: 1-5294-0367-7 / 978-1-5294-0367-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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February 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tyll: Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020
Author(s): Daniel Kehlmann
ISBN: 1-5294-0366-9 / 978-1-5294-0366-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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Audio Editions

February 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Tyll: A Novel
Author(s): Daniel Kehlmann, Ross Benjamin - translator
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Tyll: A Novel
Author(s): Daniel Kehlmann, Ross Benjamin - translator
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Tyll
Author(s): Daniel Kehlmann, Ross Benjamin - translator
Publisher: riverrun
Availability: Amazon   


February 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Tyll
Author(s): Daniel Kehlmann, Ross Benjamin - translator
Publisher: riverrun
Availability: Amazon AU   


February 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Tyll
Author(s): Daniel Kehlmann, Ross Benjamin - translator
Publisher: riverrun
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Tyll: A Novel
Author(s): Daniel Kehlmann
Publisher: Pantheon
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


February 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Tyll: Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020
Author(s): Daniel Kehlmann
Publisher: riverrun
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU