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Arnon Grünberg  [ The Netherlands ]

Biography

Grünberg, Arnon_portrait
(c) Hartwig Klappert

Guest 2013.

Bibliography

Blauer Montag

Diogenes

Zürich, 1997

[Ü: Rainer Kersten]

Phantomschmerz

Diogenes

Zürich, 2003

[Ü: Rainer Kersten]

Tirza

Diogenes

Zürich, 2008

[Ü: Rainer Kersten]

Mit Haut und Haaren

Diogenes

Zürich, 2012

[Ü: Rainer Kersten]

Der jüdische Messias

Diogenes

Zürich, 2013

[Ü: Rainer Kersten]

Arnon Grunberg was born in 1971 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He comes from a German-Jewish family. He grew up in Amsterdam, and got kicked out of high school when he was seventeen. He started his own publishing company and debuted at age 23 with the novel »Blauwe maandagen« (1994; Eng. »Blue Mondays«, 1997). This tragic slapstick comedy depicts the world of prostitution, but also the emotional world of the second generation of Holocaust victims. It proved to be an instant success and earned him the Anton Wachter prize. The two novels that followed enjoyed even greater success and earned him the attention of readers as well as critics.

Arnon Grunberg has also written several plays and essays, but once again it was one of his novels~– »Fantoompijn« (2000; Eng. »Phantom Pain«, 2003) – that won him his next prestigious literary award, the AKO prize, the Dutch equivalent of the Booker. He describes with sardonic humour the emotional worlds of his protagonists, taking the reader on an emotional rollercoaster along the way. He seems to be an expert at complicated love stories and tricky slapstick situations; he plays with clichés, but behind the satire he always reveals the emotional fragility of his protagonists. »The wit and sardonic intelligence that shine through Arnon Grunberg’s prose make it a continual pleasure to read « (J.~M. Coetzee). He has also written several books under the pseudonym Marek van der Jagt, among these the novel »De geschiedenis van mijn kaalheid« (2000; Eng. »The Story of my Baldness«, 2004), for which he won the Anton Wachter Prize, a prize for the best debut novel, for the second time.

Arnon Grunberg also writes regular columns and reports for various newspapers. As part of this activity, he visited the Dutch troops in Afghanistan as well as the US Army in Iraq. One of his latest books to appear in Germany is a collection of his reports as well as the translation of »De joodse messias« (»The Jewish Messiah«). In December 2009 he received the Constantijn Huygens Prize for his complete oeuvre. His work has been translated into twenty-six languages. Arnon Grunberg lives and works in New York.

[http://www.arnongrunberg.com/]

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