Search Results: "Arnon Grunberg"


BOOK REVIEW

SILENT EXTRAS by Arnon Grunberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"If they don't, you may find yourself reaching for the nearest Penelope Fitzgerald novel."
People seem to stand around in their underwear a lot in this aggressively goofy episodic-comic picaresque, the second novel from the native Dutch (now American) author of Blue Mondays (1997). Read full book review >

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TIRZA by Arnon Grunberg
by Arnon Grunberg, translated by Sam Garrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Despite its contrivances, an important and suspenseful addition to post-9/11 literature."
An aging man loses his daughter and regains his wife, which strikes him as hardly a fair trade. Read full book review >

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PHANTOM PAIN by Arnon Grunberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"Hard to believe this listless, modestly amusing tale won the Netherlands' prestigious AKO Prize."
Dutch author Grunberg (Silent Extras, 2001, etc.) traces the rise and fall and rise of a literary writer whose sine waves of desperation are ultimately evened out by his unlikely authorship of a cookbook. Read full book review >

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BLUE MONDAYS by Arnon Grunberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Still, spare prose and precise portraits of disaffected characters offer clear promise of stronger work to come."
World-weariness tinged with tragedy speeds a bourgeois Jewish youth in Amsterdam merrily down the road to ruin in a frank but rather bloodless debut. Read full book review >

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THE JEWISH MESSIAH by Arnon Grunberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2008

"A highly questionable, sprawling, dispassionate, mordantly modern black comedy: more shock than awe."
A deliberately provocative fantasy of good intentions turned apocalyptic. Read full book review >

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A JOURNEY BACK by Arnon Tamir
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"A thoughtful, gripping work."
A brief, intriguing memoir, by an Israeli kibbutznik, of the early years of the Nazi regime, which he witnessed as an adolescent, interspersed with accounts of his postwar struggle to come to terms with Germany and gain restitution. Read full book review >

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NIGHTMARE ESCAPE by Greg Grunberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2016

"A fine series kickoff, with the potential to tread some fresher ground in coming installments. (Graphic adventure. 8-12)"
When the people Ben sees in his frequent nightmares turn out to be real people lulled from the waking world by a dream monster, he has to learn to navigate his dream world and save them. Read full book review >

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CURSE OF THE HARVESTER  by Greg Grunberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Book 1 showed promise, and Book 2 fulfills it, elevating tropes to archetypes, with exciting pacing that would make the pages turn faster but for the arresting, immersive artwork on every page. (Graphic adventure. 8-12)"
When readers last saw Ben (Nightmare Escape, 2016), he'd just learned about his power to jump into and affect the dreams of others; in this sequel, his skill is growing, and his best friend, Jake, acts as his business partner, operating from the waking world while Ben rescues dreamers from their nightmares. Read full book review >