The school psychologist spent a lot of time with him. We did everything we could to keep him in school, but he was out of control.
Anne Mantel, former principal at Amsterdam’s Vossius secondary school, in de Volkskrant (May 2007)
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
Productivity? Discipline? It’s no different from what you need if you plan to win Wimbledon or carry out a successful military campaign.
Arnon Grunberg in Trouw (December 2007)
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)
A gold mine.
The New York Times Book Review about Blue Mondays
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
Grunberg for president!
Letter to the editor, in reaction to Grunberg’s daily “Footnote” in De Volkskrant (April 2013)
It sours, like real literature.
The Village Voice about Phantom Pain
Tomorrow in Kortrijk, the Dutch writer will preside as Moslimas, Christians, Jewesses and pagan women engage in a mud-wrestling competition.
De Morgen, November 2nd 2006, about Arnon Grunberg's Female Mud Wrestling for Peace event in Kortrijk, Belgium