The whimsical novel, written pseudonymously by a Dutch novelist, masquerades as the confessions of an Austrian philosophy student…[who] decides to assert his existence by pursuing l’amour fou.
You can’t always control the way an image develops or how other people talk about me. A lot of people may think that if things go a certain way in my books, well then that’s what his life must be like too.
The dark touch of classical tragedy, which is where this remarkable comedy of manners leads.
Metaphysically, Sam inherits, from today's anxious and globalized world, Kafka's K. and Henri Michaux's Plume.
Apparently irreconcible opposites, such as frivolity versus tragedy, cynicism versus sentimentality, and horror versus the farcical express Grunberg’s vision that fine words and high ideals are illusions, but that despite this vision, or perhaps because of it, we must be happy, if not in fact, then in the written word.
Tirza can rightly be called a true literary wonder (...) Grunberg is an author from the top of the literary league.
The novel is a remarkable description of an author’s psyche that is also very entertaining.
A gold mine.
Tomorrow in Kortrijk, the Dutch writer will preside as Moslimas, Christians, Jewesses and pagan women engage in a mud-wrestling competition.
A novel about disenchanted young heroes trying to make sense of a senseless world.