Unraveling with humor and poignancy until the end.
Publishers Weekly about Tirza
Grunberg rejects self-serving existentialism, confronts real-world torture, genocide, terrorism and personal crimes of the heart, and he infuses his visceral, wily satire with biblical fury.
The Los Angeles Times about The Jewish Messiah
Tomorrow in Kortrijk, the Dutch writer will preside as Moslimas, Christians, Jewesses and pagan women engage in a mud-wrestling competition.
De Morgen, November 2nd 2006, about Arnon Grunberg's Female Mud Wrestling for Peace event in Kortrijk, Belgium
The winner would receive a free meal at the ‘Jerusalem’ snack bar in Amsterdam. An excellent snack bar, by the way, run by a Palestinian named Sem.
Publisher Oscar van Gelderen on the “Carl Friedman Award”, awarded for the most humorless, vapid and sloppily written review by a Jewish critic of a novel by a Jewish author not dealing with the issue of “second-generation survivors”, in HP/De Tijd (September 2006)
The book is good, and maybe great, but it's unpleasant and depressing. Then again, that's our problem.
Bookslut about Tirza
I don’t think that my vitamin allergy agrees with you.
Grunberg webmaster and fellow couch-surfer Sander Voerman, commenting in reaction to a blog reader who said, after Grunberg posted photographs of Voerman, that he should start eating his vegetables (April 2008)
The Jewish Messiah is a farce of nuclear proportions.
Vanity Fair about The Jewish Messiah
When Arnon Grunberg will speak again, I will listen.
The Boston Globe about Blue Mondays
There used to be a connection between achievement and fame. You were able to do something well and might become famous because of that. Today, fame is the achievement.
Arnon Grunberg, “Footnote”, De Volkskrant
A tragic-comic slapstick full of hope and melancholy.