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
All is vanity.
Arnon Grunberg in: De Standaard (November 2007)
Here, at this spot, you will find footnotes to the human comedy.
Arnon Grunberg in his first “Footnote” in de Volkskrant
Interviewer: Thank you very much for your time. Did you like this interview?
Grunberg: Yes, very much, and you?
Lettera.com (December 2006)
Funny and moving…The work of Marek van der Jagt shifts between the romanticism of a sentimental quest and the farce of a sexual education…a game of role-playing about the life instinct, writing as negation, and the slalom between truths and lies.
Le Monde about The Story of My Baldness
This man has got to have a neurosis, at least one.
Das Magazin (February 2004)
Arnon Grunberg is a great literary talent.
Bookslut about The Jewish Messiah
That many readers can find themselves in this life story, explains the huge enthusiasm it generated.
Frankfurter Allgemeine about Blue Mondays
The wit and sardonic intelligence that shine through Arnon Grunberg’s prose makes it a continual pleasure to read.
J.M. Coetzee about The Jewish Messiah
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)