Almost none of the living writers possesses such a bite.
Corriere della Sera about Tirza
Grünberg is an experience processing machine. Input is the artificially enhanced life experienced through adaptation of unfamiliar worlds; output are novels, columns, reports and plays.
The dark touch of classical tragedy, which is where this remarkable comedy of manners leads.
The New York Times about Tirza
That many readers can find themselves in this life story, explains the huge enthusiasm it generated.
Frankfurter Allgemeine about Blue Mondays
There is nothing phoney in “Blue Mondays”
Bookcorner.eu about Blue Mondays
A formidable work.
The Los Angeles Angeles Times about Tirza
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
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
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)