Arnon Grunberg

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Arnon Grunberg about Lublin

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Aangifte

The 9th of May 2012 the Belgian newspaper De Morgen published the original Dutch citybook Aangifte and an in...

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Arnon Grunberg (Amsterdam, 1971) was expelled from school at the age of seventeen. He then worked as the youngest assistant at a chemist’s and as a dishwasher. He originally wanted to become an actor.

His first novel, Blauwe maandagen (‘Blue Mondays’) became a bestseller throughout Europe, won the Anton Wachter prize for the best debut and has been translated into thirteen languages. At that time he was only twenty-three years old. In 1997 Figuranten (‘Silent extras’) was published. Grunberg’s third novel, Fantoompijn (2000, ‘Phantom pain’), was awarded the AKO Prize for Literature. Grunberg wrote a modern version of Erasmus’s Lof der zotheid titled De Mensheid zij geprezen, Lof der Zotheid 2001 (‘In praise of humanity, The praise of folly 2001’) It won the Gouden Uil, an important literary prize in Flanders.

His novel De geschiedenis van mijn kaalheid (‘The story of my baldness’) was published under the pseudonym Marek van der Jagt in 2000. Once again Grunberg was awarded the Anton Wachter prize which makes him the only author that twice received this debut prize – under different names. De geschiedenis van mijn kaalheid won the Aspekte Prize in Germany.

In 2002 Grunberg wrote, once again wrote under the pseudonym Marek van der Jagt, Gstaad 95-98. That same year he won the German NRW Prize for Literature for his complete work translated into German, including the work under the pseudonym Marek van der Jagt. De asielzoeker (2003, ‘The Asylum Seeker’) was highly acclaimed and won both the F. Bordewijk prize as well as the AKO Prize for Literature. De joodse Messias (‘The Jewish Messiah’) published in September 2004, was once again nominated for important prizes. In 2006 Tirza was published and was awarded the Gouden Uil 2007 as well as the Libris Prize for Literature 2007, and September 2008 saw the publication of his seventh novel, Onze Oom (‘Our Uncle’). In the autumn of 2010, Huid en Haar, his eighth novel since 1994, was published.

Besides writing novels, plays, essays, and poetry Grunberg also is a columnist for Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, Vrij Nederland magazine, the human rights publication Wordt Vervolgd, the VPRO-gids and Humo. Besides this, he is on the staff of Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. At this moment he lives and works mainly in New York. His work has been published in more than twenty countries.

Read an interview with Arnon Grunberg in Lublin (translated to English)
Read an interview with Arnon Grunberg, published in De Morgen (in Dutch)


Arnon Grunberg - niezwykle utalentowany pisarz nazywany często cudownym dzieckiem literatury niderlandzkiej, mimo młodego wieku zyskał uznanie w Europie i za oceanem. Wyrzucony z liceum próbował zostać aktorem, urzędnikiem, potem scenarzystą filmowym i teatralnym. Pierwsza jego powieść ("Niebieskie poniedziałki") wykorzystująca elementy autobiograficzne powstała za namową wydawców i od razu otrzymała nagrodę za debiut. Sukces był też sukcesem komercyjnym. Drugą powieść wydał pod pseudonimem Mark van der Jagt i sytuacja powtórzyła się - znów nagroda za ... debiut. Bestsellerem stała się też kolejna książka "Ból fantomowy" . Pewien dociekliwy lingwista poddał powieści analizie stylistycznej i wykazał, że Mark van der Jagt i Arnon Grunberg to ta sama osoba, do czego autor przyznał się w 2002 roku. Teatr Wunderbaum w Amsterdamie właśnie przygotował prapremierę sztuki Grunberga pt "Nasz papież".

 

 

Arnon Grunberg at De Markten in Brussels


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Arnon Grunberg presents his citybook in De Markten, December 2012
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