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The Resource Tirza, Arnon Grunberg ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett

Tirza, Arnon Grunberg ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett

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Tirza
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Tirza
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Arnon Grunberg ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett
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  • eng
  • dut
  • eng
Summary
"Jörgen Hofmeester had it all: a beautiful wife, a nice house with a garden in an upper-class 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 preparation for Tirza's graduation party, we come to know what he has lost"--P. [4] of cover
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  • Jörgen Hofmeester lives in Amsterdam, where he juggles his career’s possible ending, the mysteries of an abruptly failed marriage, and the changing definitions of his relationships with his daughters in Dutch author Grunberg’s dark examination of one man’s unraveling life. A birthday dinner party for Hofmeester’s youngest daughter, Tirza, sets the uncomfortably dank and often disturbingly secretive stage. Hofmeester is that most precarious of characters, the potentially unreliable narrator, whose inner voice firmly carries the pace and tone in a deceptively expansive manner that slowly reveals ugly undercurrents to the family’s life. As Hofmeester becomes increasingly wrapped up in Tirza’s impending departure for Africa with the boyfriend her father suspects is a terrorist, the plot carries the reader on a journey from Holland to Namibia and, most importantly, to the ugliest depths of the human soul. With its meandering pace, sometimes-grotesque characters, and unflinching look at some unsavory personality traits, this story is for the reader of the hard-to-like yet quite-well-written novel. -- Trevelyan, Julie (Reviewed 02-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 11)
  • /* Starred Review */ Jorgen Hofmeester has been left by his wife, fired from his job, and had his life savings swallowed up by the folly of international economics. "Sometimes his hugs are too curt, at others too enthusiastic. It's hard to find the right balance," but he can still throw a respectable party with immaculate sushi and sashimi for his daughter's graduation. Bound to his life by sentimentality and fear, Hofmeester is propped up by his upper-class Amsterdam zip code, a generally comfortable life, and the numerous achievements of his favorite daughter, Tirza, from whom he expects the world. But when Tirza announces that she will be going to Africa with her new boyfriend Choukri, who resembles Mohammed Atta, Hofmeester is about to lose the last thing he holds dear. Dutch novelist Grunberg's 2006 work, now finally available in English, begins with preparations for Tirza's party and is relayed by an unreliable narrator cognizant of his own flaws and shortcomings but unable to change his fate. Grunberg's lengthy narrative flows through Hofmeester's obsessive and painstaking attention to superfluous detail, but the story never falls flat, unraveling with humor and poignancy until the end. (Feb) --Staff (Reviewed February 11, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 06, p)
  • An aging man loses his daughter and regains his wife, which strikes him as hardly a fair trade. Jörgen, the sullen, irascible hero of this novel, is in late middle age and hitting the skids. He's been forced into early retirement at the publisher where he'd edited unprofitable novels in translation, his two daughters are distant, and his estranged wife is insinuating herself back into his tidy Amsterdam home. A large investment of his vaporized after 9/11, and the book is something of an allegory about how post-terror anxiety undoes middle-class certainties and unlocks our latent violence. The plot centers on a graduation party for Jörgen's eldest daughter, Tirza, who is planning a trip to Namibia with her boyfriend, who reminds Jorgen of Mohammed Atta, the lead 9/11 hijacker. Jörgen is suffering from the hectoring of his shallow, judgmental wife, and his daughters haven't always shown shrewd judgment. (He caught his youngest daughter, Ibi, having sex with a tenant in his home when she was 15.) But it's also clear that something is broken within Jörgen himself, and the closing pages clarify just how tragic the break is. The latter third of the novel is set in Namibia, where Tirza has fallen curiously silent, and during his search, he befriends an impoverished 9-year-old girl whose waiflike wanderings mirror his own. To his credit, Grunberg (The Jewish Messiah, 2008, etc.) convincingly renders this unlikely scenario, though the book never quite settles into either a character study or a cultural study. The author at times positions Jorgen as a thin archetype of contemporary racism and bourgeois rage, but the book is redeemed by the clarity of the prose and the intensity of its core mystery, leaving Tirza's fate uncertain while her father's becomes lamentably clear. Despite its contrivances, an important and suspenseful addition to post-9/11 literature.(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2013)
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Grunberg, Arnon
Dewey number
839.31/364
Index
no index present
LC call number
PT5881.17.R96
LC item number
T5713 2013
Literary form
novels
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Garrett, Sam
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  • Man-woman relationships
  • Amsterdam (Netherlands)
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Tirza, Arnon Grunberg ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Control code
950437
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
471 pages
Isbn
9781934824696
Lccn
2012044299
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9781934824696
  • (OCoLC)822971458
Label
Tirza, Arnon Grunberg ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
950437
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
471 pages
Isbn
9781934824696
Lccn
2012044299
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781934824696
  • (OCoLC)822971458

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