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ISBN-10: 1934824690
ISBN-13: 9781934824696
Publisher: Open Letter
Publish Date: 02/19/2013
Dimensions: 8.49" L, 5.54" W, 0.98" H

Tirza

Translator: Sam Garrett

Paperback

Price: $16.95

Overview

Longlisted for the 2014 Best Translated Book Award

Grunberg chronicles the mistakes of a morose Dutch bourgeois and constructs a delectable psychological thriller.–Le Figaro

Jörgen Hofmeester once had it all: a beautiful wife, a nice house with a garden in an upperclass neighborhood in Amsterdam, a respectable job as an editor, two lovely daughters named Ibi and Tirza, and a large amount of money in a Swiss bank account. But during the preparations for Tirza’s graduation party, we come to know what he has lost. His wife has left him; Ibi is starting a bed and breakfast in France, an idea which he opposed; the director of the publishing house has fired him; and his savings have vanished in the wake of 9/11.

But Hofmeester still has Tirza, until she introduces him to her new boyfriend, Choukri–who bears a disturbing resemblance to Mohammed Atta–and they announce their plan to spend several months in Africa. A heartrending and masterful story of a man seeking redemption, Tirza marks a high point in Grunberg’s still-developing oeuvre.

Arnon Grunberg started his own publishing company at the age of 19 and wrote his first, of many, best-seller at 23. He’s twice won the AKO Literature Prize, the Dutch equivalent of the Booker Prize. He’s also twice won the prize for the best debut novel–once under a pseudonym.

Sam Garrett has translated a number of works by Arnon Grunberg and Tim Krabbé, among others. He won the Vondel Translation Prize for his translation of Frank Westerman’s Ararat.

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. . . Tirza is easily one of the most psychologically disturbing reads to come along in this, or any recent year ... Tirza offers up a difficult, disturbing journey, but it';s also a fascinating exploration of both the power of family and the lengths that we';re willing go to as parents for our special children that we love oh so dearly.–Aaron Westerman, Typographical Era

In short, Tirza is a wonderful book about a very strange man–Tony Malone, Tony's Reading List

With this novel, Grunberg advances slowly but surely toward the class of major authors who write lucidly about the incomprehensibility of human actions.–Haarlems Dagblad

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Details

ISBN-10: 1934824690
ISBN-13: 9781934824696
Publisher: Open Letter
Publish Date: 02/19/2013
Dimensions: 8.49" L, 5.54" W, 0.98" H
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