Bio Arnon Grünberg

Arnon Grünberg (born in 1971) is a Dutch writer, who made his literary debut in 1994 with the novel Blauwe maandagen (Blue Mondays). It won the Dutch prize for the best debut novel that year. The book describes the world of prostitution with wry humour and was an instant success. “People are as disposable as plastic bags,” muses the young protagonist of this bleak and presumably autobiographical first novel.

In 2000, under the pseudonym Marek van der Jagt, he won the best debut prize again for his novel De geschiedenis van mijn kaalheid (The History of My Baldness).

His work has won him several literary awards, among which the AKO Literature Prize for Fantoompijn and De asielzoeker, and both the Libris Literature Prize and the Golden Owl Award for Tirza (2006).

Arnon Grunberg lives and works in New York. He seems to continually reinvent himself. Each new book is different from the last, but at the same time they are all unmistakably Grünberg with his unforgiving eye for human frailties and compelling, ironic style.

Grünberg also writes plays, essays and travel columns. His books have been translated into many languages, including English, German and Japanese.

By • Oct 17th, 2008 • Category: Arnon Grünberg, My favorite subjects

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