The Jewish Messiah: A Novel

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Penguin, Jan 10, 2008 - Fiction - 480 pages
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The new novel by the internationally acclaimed author- "a farce of nuclear proportions"(Vanity Fair)

Arnon Grunberg is one of the most subtly outrageous provocateurs in world literature. The Jewish Messiah, which chronicles the evolution of one Xavier Radek from malcontent grandson of a former SS officer, to Jewish convert, to co- translator of Hitler's Mein Kampf into Yiddish, to Israeli politician and Israel's most unlikely prime minister, is his most outrageous work yet. Taking on the most well-guarded pieties and taboos of our age, The Jewish Messiah is both a great love story and a grotesque farce that forces a profound reckoning with the limits of human guilt, cruelty, and suffering. It is without question Arnon Grunberg's masterpiece.

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"If we start feeling anything we have to stop. As soon as we feel anything, we should never see each other again..." In this 2008 farce of nuclear proportions, Dutch novelist Arnon Grunberg takes us ... Read full review

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Xavier Radek of Basel, Switzerland, is the son of lapsed Jews, with a grandfather on his mom's side said to have been in the SS. As a teenager, Xavier vows to become the "comforter of the Jews"-a tall ... Read full review


He Loved People
The Irony of History
Favorable Light
They Had Nuclear Weapons Too
A Little Roughhousing
Like Hotcakes
Cold and Wet
Sperm Dies Fast
Without a Flashlight
The Vegetable Garden
I Decide Whats AntiSemitic
Hard Nuts to Crack
The Door of Happiness

What Does the Jew Want?
Injustice Spares No Man
Accept O Lord This Humble Sacrifice
A Dying Rat
Im On Fire
A Clean Break
Kosher Gorgonzola
The Most Wonderful Day
Pedophile Lenin
King David
A Source of Inspiration
Dying and Loving You Do on Your Own
Our Genes
Customers Memory
Money Respect and Women
Venice of the North
Eye to Eye
In sh Allah
Made for Each Other
An Overdrawn Account
The Terrorist in Beatrixpark
Where Evil Grows
I Take It You Have No Pets?
The Dictatorship of the Majority
Water over the Desert
The Unjustly Neglected Principles of Streicher and Himmler
Greetings from Anne Frank

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About the author (2008)

Arnon Grunberg is the author of Blue Mondays, an international bestseller that won the Anton Wachter Prize for a debut novel. He is also the author of Phantom Pain, which won the AKO Prize (the Dutch equivalent of the Booker). He currently lives in New York City.

Sam Garrett has won prizes and appeared on short lists for some of the world’s most prestigious literary awards for his translations of some 30 novels and works of non-fiction. Garrett is the only translator to have twice won the British Society of Authors’ Vondel Prize for Dutch-English translation (in 2003 and again in 2009). In 2012, his translation of The Dinner by Herman Koch spent two months on the New York Times bestseller list and became the most popular Dutch novel ever translated into English. Garrett’s translation of Tim Krabbe’s The Rider is considered a cycling cult classic. Other works of his have been short-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2005 and 2013), the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Award (2010), the PEN Translation Prize (2014), and the Best Translated Book Award (2014). He divides his time between Amsterdam and the French Pyrenees.

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