Arnon Grunberg

The woods

How to suffer just enough

In 2005 I gave a master class at the Technical University in Delft, the Netherlands. The master class was named: The Technique of Suffering.
Among other things we went three days to Nuremberg to study the architecture of Speer. With a few of the students I continued working on a how-to book about suffering: how to suffer just enough.
In September this book will be published in the Netherlands, to complete this operation, and to celebrate the fact that we managed to write this book (most of my students have other sorrows than deadlines) we went to Vienna. Four of the thirteen remaining students could not make it, but nevertheless after dinner we walked through the Viennese woods -- a good experience, especially after midnight.
One of the students complained that the table conversation didn’t live up to his expectations, but then again, today we are visiting the Freud museum. We have to prepare ourselves for the big subject.