Search Results: "Sam Garrett"


BOOK REVIEW

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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LITTLE CAESAR by Tommy Wieringa
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"This haunting book doesn't try to sort out Ludwig's internal life, it just places the reader in the middle."
The poet Philip Larkin's famous observation that your mom and dad really mess you up is aptly illustrated in this offbeat, atmospheric novel by Dutch author Wieringa (Joe Speedboat, 2010, etc.). Though the narrative takes awhile to reveal itself, the book is ultimately about the psychological damage inflicted on Ludwig Unger, a gifted young pianist, by his absent father and manipulative yet seductive mother, Marthe. 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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DEAR MR. M by Herman Koch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Koch is consistently attuned to our hidden foibles and fakery, which makes for deliberately discomfiting reading. Sleeker writing would enhance its impact."
A man contemplates getting back at the novelist who exploited his life in fiction. Read full book review >

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A FATHER’S AFFAIR by Karel Van Loon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2003

"A well-constructed if somewhat dispiriting, perhaps even nihilistic, tale."
The American debut of Dutch novelist Van Loon is a kind of domestic thriller about a young father who learns that his dead wife's son is not his child. Read full book review >

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SUMMER HOUSE WITH SWIMMING POOL by Herman Koch
Released: June 3, 2014

"A sly psychological thriller lurks within this pitch-dark comedy of manners, yet its ending manages to raise far more questions than it solves."
In this disquieting novel from Koch (The Dinner, 2013, etc.), sex, celebrity and medical ethics become inextricably tangled as a summer idyll goes nightmarishly wrong. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN EUROPE by Geert Mak
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"An adventure in history packed with details—some intimate, some surprising, some shocking, and all convergent into an essential, coherent story of modern Europe."
An international bestseller, this epic work follows the flow of time through European locales almost as a geologist follows a riverbed. Read full book review >

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THE CAVE by Tim Krabbé
by Tim Krabbé, translated by Sam Garrett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Krabbé revs up the tension expertly via several ingenious shifts in viewpoint and carefully placed surprises, in a fabulously plotted melodrama that will doubtless inspire another terrific movie."
Dutch novelist Krabbé—a contemporary noir master who's a cross between Patricia Highsmith and Jim Thompson—is best known for his eerie novel The Golden Egg, which was filmed (brilliantly) as The Vanishing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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TURKISH DELIGHT by Jan  Wolkers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"An unsettling juxtaposition of beauty and ugliness."
A Dutch sculptor reminisces about the love of his life in this new translation of a 1969 novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EVENINGS by Gerard Reve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Unpretty but true to life—at least life of a sort, however uninteresting."
Published for the first time in English, this is the 1947 debut novel by controversial Dutch writer Reve (1923-2006), who went on to a rich career offending Dutch sensibilities. Read full book review >