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By Arnon Grunberg, Translated by Ron de Klerk, Translated by Lisa Friedman


258 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $13.95 (US $13.95) (CA $17.95)

Publication Date: September 2009

ISBN 9781905583164

Rights: US & CA

Comma Press (Sep 2009)

Price: $13.95


Stealing glimpses into the bizarre, garrulous, and lonely lives of various characters—ranging from a disillusioned, rich widow to a hopeful, young student—this collection of vignettes reveals the joys and pains in people's private lives. Moving easily between cynical, high-society players and middle-class waiters to the claustrophobic quarters of an Amsterdam apartment and a swanky hotel in Las Vegas, these tales reveal moments of absurdity and happiness at every turn.


"The wit and sardonic intelligence that shine through Arnon Grunberg’s prose make it a continual pleasure to read."  —J. M. Coetzee, on The Jewish Messiah

"A literary treat."  —Hans Warren, Rotterdams Dagblad

Author Biography

Arnon Grunberg is one of Holland’s most prolific and acclaimed writers and the award-winning author of Blue Mondays and The Story of My Baldness. Ron de Klerk and Lisa Friedman are literary translators who have previously collaborated on titles such as Deep Light by Marnix Goossens, For Posterity by Arnon Grunberg, and Hidden Curriculum: A Project by Annette Krauss.