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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.

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905583164
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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 BaldnessRon 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.

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Table of Contents

Miele's Mouth

The Days of Leopold Mangelmann

Ushi and Septembrius

Letter to M

The Accordion

Johanna, The Book

Jola the Dancer

We Learn English by Talking to Each Other

Ingoh Biegmann, Discoverer of Talent

My Mother's Men

Chastisement

Tina II

Fish Hunting

Rabbit Warren

A Fine Trade

Refrigerator

Money Plague

Carrots

Watermelon

Tuesday

Left Shoe

Slapped

Mopping Up

Pliers

Meeting with the Consul

Kisselgoff

Afterword

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