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Tirza by Arnon Grunberg

Thanks to those who voted. It was a dead heat between the Koch and Grunberg novels. [Cathy - I took the casting vote and decided on the latter, seeing as I've interviewed him -and Sam Garrett, the translator - and they are both lovely guys.]










Jörgen Hofmeester once had it all: an attractive wife, a nice house with garden in an upperclass Amsterdam neighborhood, a respectable job as an editor of translated fiction, two beautiful, bright daughters named Ibi and Tirza and a large sum of money in a Swiss bank account. As we follow the preparations for his daughter Tirza's graduation party, we come to know what he has lost. His wife left him for a lover, Ibi left Holland to start a bed and breakfast in France, the publishing house fired him and his savings disappeared post-9/11 thanks to a hedge fund. On weekdays he hangs around Schiphol Airport. All Hofmeester still has are his salary, his house and his youngest daughter Tirza, the sunqueen. Suddenly after three years, his wife returns and Tirza gets a new boyfriend named Choukri. Hofmeester thinks Choukri looks like Mohammed Atta. Worse, Tirza and Choukri are going to Africa: the Dark Continent, for a gap year. How will Jorgen cope?

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  • Adrian

    Great discussion!

    April 24, 2013

  • Emilie

    Sorry, guys, just finished work.... I wish I had been there to hear what you thought of the writing of one of the craziest Dutchmen.
    See you soon!

    1 · April 23, 2013

  • Rianne

    hi all ill be there. just running late sorry. catch you later.

    April 23, 2013

  • Rowena A.

    I am very sorry to be so late minute, but I was feeling off, took a nap and only just woke up. Am afraid I am not going to make it.

    April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, looks like I'll be away for work. Will ABSOLUTELY make the next one though. Is there a date planned?

    April 16, 2013

    • Lisa S.

      Just posted it - May 27th.

      April 22, 2013

  • Emilie

    Hey guys, I might be late, so start without me!

    April 22, 2013

  • Kieran

    Apologies. I can no longer make this date.

    April 10, 2013

  • Cathy-Central

    For those coming along and interested in hearing more from the author and translator, listen to my interview with them for English Breakfast Radio:

    April 6, 2013

  • Kristina T.

    I have also read some good reviews on "The Dinner". I would love to read some Grunberg though.

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Has the book been confirmed for this? I am probably staring right at it but I can't see it haha!

    February 24, 2013

  • Emilie

    If we're gonna read Grunberg, it should be Tirza. Translation released tomorrow:

    February 22, 2013

  • Kristina T.

    "Figuranten" door Arnon Grunberg?

    January 22, 2013

    • Cathy-Central

      Yeah I think Arnon Grunberg should be an option. I'll add him to the poll nearer the time.

      January 24, 2013

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