Germany, Switzerland, Austria

Arnon Grünberg

Blauer Montag (1997)
Statisten (1999)
Phantomschmerz (2003)
Der Vogel ist krank (2005)
Gnadenfrist (2006)
Der Heilige des Unmöglichen (2007)
Tirza (2008)
Mitgenommen (2010)
Mit Haut und Haaren (2012)
Der jüdische Messias (2013)
Der Mann, der nie krank war (2014)
Muttermale (2016)

Marek van der Jagt

Amour fou (2002)
Monogam (2003)

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Der jüdische Messias

ISBN 978-3-257-06854-2
Publisher Diogenes, Zurich
Original title De joodse messias / Grote Jiddische roman (2004)
Year 2013
Country Germany, Switzerland, Austria
Language German
Translator Rainer Kersten


The Jewish Messiah

Xavier Radek lives in Basel, Switserland and is a young man with a mission: he wants to know more about the suffering of the jews. He decides to comfort the ‘Enemies of happiness’.
Although his parents think this has to do with his puberty, he makes friends with Awromele, the son of a rabbi, who suggests he gets circumcised and takes Hebrew lessons. After the problematic circumcision Xavier is certain of his messianistic aspirations: he turns to painting and leaves with Awromele to Amsterdam where he gets rejected by the Rietveld Art Academy. Awromele gets a job at a supermarket. Soon they will go to Israel where Xavier will make it to president.
The universe of The Jewish Messiah is one of pain. All of its characters seem to search for one thing: salvation.

[ Diogenes ]

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Literatur im Foyer

An interview with Arnon Grünberg by Felicitas von Lovenberg in "Literatur im Foyer" on the German station SWR (4-4-2013)

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Buchhändlerkeller, Berlin, 5-30-2013

© Pascalle Bonnier

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