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Arnon Grunberg
Amsterdam 22 Feb. 1971 • Dutch novelist and essayist


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Born in Amsterdam in 1971, Grunberg was kicked out of high school at 17, after which he ran a one-man publishing enterprise and worked as an actor and waiter. One day he found himself recalling his tales of survival and adventure on the streets of Amsterdam to a Dutch publisher. The publisher dared Grunberg to write his story down and, needless to say, Grunberg did. The result was Blue Mondays, which became a bestseller in Europe, won the Anton Wachter Prize, and has been translated into more than twelve languages. Phantom Pain won the AKO Prize (the Dutch equivalent of the Booker) in Holland.
Arnon Grunberg, who also writes under the name of Marek van der Jagt, lives in New York City. Most of the time.
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BOOKS BY ARNON GRUNBERG:

Blue Mondays
1994
The New York Times Book Review, on Arnon Grunberg’s debut novel, Blue Mondays, warns that 'readers seeking a heartwarming book about growing up should look elsewhere.'
The Jewish Messiah
2004
Xavier Radek, grandson of a late SS-member, decides to take on the mission of 'consoling the Jews.'
Phantom Pain
2000
A black, funny novel about a once respectable writer on the make.
ON ARNON GRUNBERG'S BOOKSHELF

Tropic of Cancer
Henry Miller, 1934
A monologue about Miller's picaresque life as an impoverished expatriate in France in the early 1930s.

Ask the Dust
John Fante, 1939
Fante describes the adventures of his alterego, Arturo Bandini, as the struggling young writer tackles Los Angeles in the late 1930s.

Karlson on the Roof
Astrid Lindgren, 1945
Astrid Lindgren's tale of a lonely Swedish lad who is befriended by a tubby, propeller-clad flying character is universally revered as one of the best children's books ever written.

The Virgin Suicides
Jeffrey Eugenides, 1993
American suburban drama, told in the first person plural (the 'we' viewpoint).

[De heilige Antonio]
1998

WHAT TO READ AFTER DE HEILIGE ANTONIO?

GRUNBERG-STYLE
Pizzeria Kamikaze
Etgar Keret, 1998
A guy with a broken heart commits suicide, only to find himself at Pizza Kamikaze, a regular day job in a world where everyone has already died.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer, 2005
Nine-year-old Oskar careens from Central Park to Coney Island searching for a lock to fit the mysterious key left by his now deceased father.

Silent Extras
1997
Ewald, Broccoli and the exotic Elvira are three young friends on the run from the horrifying possibility of living mundane lives. So Broccoli, self-styled Svengali, begins 'Operation Brando,' an insanely ambitious plan to make them the biggest stars Hollywood has ever known.
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