ARNON GRUNBERG TIRZA PDF

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.

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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. In his downtime, he writes stories, plays, poetry, columns and journalism, including a series of dispatches from Afghanistan, where he reported on Dutch and American troops.

He lives in old New York once New Amsterdam. While not always enjoyable, it is never less than enthralling. This, we learn, is in direct opposition to how he himself was raised, and how he raised Ibi. He has foundered in his job as an editor of literature in translation writers will pity the poor manuscript he aimlessly carries in his briefcase , has given up as a husband and has written off Ibi as too bullheaded. In his definition, this is a party where the homemade sushi is perfect, the alcohol flows and the father is as invisible as a good waiter.

Boy, is he wrong. Grunberg takes his time. The lead-up to the party, and the party itself, stretches nearly epic pages. Much fun is had with this rigid adherence to sexual permissiveness, but the satire is not antic. Hofmeester is a subdued guide, ratcheted to his breaking point. The line seethes. But the novel is ultimately animated by a tantalizing question: Is Hofmeester an Everyman or a singular case? The novel consistently offers both interpretations.

The slightly incestuous undertones of some scenes might reflect uncomfortable realities of being a parent — or might be a pathology. Hofmeester shows enormous forbearance: when the wife shows up unannounced, he simply invites her in.

When Tirza — in one of the most unsettling but touching moments — asks him how to lose her virginity, he swallows his unease and gives her his best advice about boys. The final section in Namibia resolves these uncertainties too heavily for my tastes.

Still, these scenes are where the novel takes flight. A meet-cute worthy of J. Book Review The Graduate. Home Page World U.

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‘Tirza’ by Arnon Grunberg (Review)

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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