ARNON GRUNBERG TIRZA PDF

Who will be your point-of-view character? As the events of this stark yet sprawling novel unfold, however, Grunberg reveals his excellent reasons. Grunberg, now in his early 40s, is often cited as one of the greatest living Dutch writers. A literary wunderkind, he founded a publishing imprint when he was 19, wrote a European best seller when he was 23 and has now published at least a dozen novels, two of which won the Dutch equivalent of the Booker Prize.

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His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books. These days, he most often reads standing up, with a small sleeping daughter strapped to his torso.

So I should start by admitting that I was totally unprepared for Tirza. To be honest, I would be scared to meet the person who is prepared for it. Two paragraphs in, I understood the caliber of writer I was dealing with. By the second page I had already laughed out loud. In his more restrained and classy jacket blurb, J. Grunberg has that rare and most welcome of gifts: every sentence he writes—and I mean every sentence—is interesting.

And if that were all, if Tirza were nothing more than a razor-sharp, comical evisceration of a hapless suburban father bumbling through his life with only his misguided devotion to his youngest daughter to provide some semblance of sanity, well, that would be more than enough to justify the price of admission.

But in the midst of all this wit and sardonic intelligence, there emerges a slow, steady, disquieting rumble. The prose is as light as ever. There is still plenty of laughter.

And then, of course, he expertly hurls us into it. Sam Garrett renders Tirza in flawless English, and there is something profound and unexpected in this translation. On one level this is ridiculous. This is a Dutch novel, rooted in Amsterdam, and the United States has little or nothing to do with it. Perhaps even the thought is just a symptom of my American selfishness.

Tirza deserves to be unleashed on as many readers as possible. It deserves to win the Best Translated Book Award for Your email address will not be published.

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His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books. These days, he most often reads standing up, with a small sleeping daughter strapped to his torso. So I should start by admitting that I was totally unprepared for Tirza. To be honest, I would be scared to meet the person who is prepared for it. Two paragraphs in, I understood the caliber of writer I was dealing with. By the second page I had already laughed out loud.

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Tirza by Arnon Grunberg, Trans. by Sam Garrett [Why This Book Should Win]

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