Almost none of the living writers possesses such a bite.
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.
That many readers can find themselves in this life story, explains the huge enthusiasm it generated.
There is nothing phoney in “Blue Mondays”
A formidable work.
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.
Unraveling with humor and poignancy until the end.
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 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.