|Original title||De joodse messias / Grote Jiddische roman (2004)|
|Country||Germany, Switzerland, Austria|
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.
An interview with Arnon Grünberg by Felicitas von Lovenberg in "Literatur im Foyer" on the German station SWR (4-4-2013)
Buchhändlerkeller, Berlin, 5-30-2013
© Pascalle Bonnier