Arnon Grunberg in 2012
|Born||Arnon Yasha Yves Grünberg
22 February 1971
|Pen name||Marek van der Jagt|
|Genres||Novels, essays, media columns|
|Notable award(s)||AKO Literature Prize
Constantijn Huygens Prize
Arnon Yasha Yves Grunberg was born on 22 February 1971 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Grunberg grew up in a family of Jewish immigrants, originally from Germany. His mother survived the concentration camp Auschwitz. Grunberg attended the Vossius Gymnasium, but he got kicked out of the school.
Grunberg made his literary debut in 1994 with the novel Blauwe maandagen (Blue Mondays), which won the Dutch prize for the best debut novel that year. In 2000, under the heteronym Marek van der Jagt, he won the best debut prize again for his novel De geschiedenis van mijn kaalheid (The History of My Baldness).
Grunberg publishes novels about once a year but also writes columns and essays in a wide variety of Dutch and international newspapers and magazines. He does not restrict himself only to the written media, but also reads a story for the radio every week and for some time he was host of a cultural television program. He also writes a blog for the literary Internet magazine Words Without Borders and his own site.
His novel Tirza won the Belgian Golden Owl Prize for Literature and the Dutch Libris Prize. His books have been translated into many languages, including English, German, Hebrew, Japanese and Georgian. In 2009 he won the Constantijn Huygens Prize for his entire body of works.
From 2006 Grunberg wrote various journalistic reports, for example about working undercover in a Bavarian hotel and his visit to Guantánamo Bay. Also he visited the Dutch troops in Afghanistan and the US Army in Iraq. In 2009 these reports were collected in the book Chambermaids and Soldiers.
November 2013, a team of scientists is going to measure the emotions, brain activity and subjective feelings of Arnon Grunberg as he creates a new book. The measurements will be correlated with the text he writes. His computer screen will be recorded and physiological signals will be measured such as EEG (brain activity), GSR (skin conductivity) and ECG (heart rate).
- Blauwe maandagen, 1994 (translated as Blue Mondays, 1997)
- Figuranten, 1997 (translated as Silent Extras, 2001)
- De heilige Antonio [Saint Antony], 1998
- Fantoompijn, 2000 (translated as Phantom Pain, 2004)
- De geschiedenis van mijn kaalheid, as Marek van der Jagt, 2000 (translated as The Story of My Baldness, 2004)
- De Mensheid zij geprezen, Lof der Zotheid 2001 [Praised be Mankind, Praise of Folly 2001], 2001
- Gstaad 95–98, as Marek van der Jagt, 2002
- De asielzoeker [The Asylum Seeker], 2003
- De joodse messias, 2004 (translated as The Jewish Messiah, 2008)
- Tirza, 2006 (translated as Tirza, 2013)
- Onze oom [Our Uncle], 2008
- Huid en Haar [Tooth and Nail], 2010
- Amuse-Gueule, 2001 (translated as Amuse-Bouche, 2008)
- Grunberg rond de wereld [Grunberg Around the World], 2004
- Kamermeisjes & Soldaten : Arnon Grunberg onder de mensen, 2009
- Troost van de slapstick [The Comfort of Slapstick], 1998
- Monogaam [Monogamous], as Marek van der Jagt, 2001
- Otto Weininger Of bestaat de jood? [Otto Weininger or Does the Jew Exist?], as Marek van der Jagt, 2001
- Why the Dutch Love Black Pete
- Het 14e kippetje [The 14th Chicken] 1998
- You are also very attractive when you are dead 1998
- De Asielzoeker (adapted by Koen Tachelet) 2005
- (Dutch) G.J. van Bork, "Grunberg, Arnon", Schrijvers en dichters. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
- (Dutch) "Paul Rosenmöller en Arnon Grunberg", IKON. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
- (Dutch) "Biografie", Grunberg.nl. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
- Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature
- (Dutch) Noldus IT "", Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
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