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Tirza

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  7,549 Ratings  ·  285 Reviews
Jörgen Hofmeester is vader van twee dochters, werkzaam voor een gerenommeerd bedrijf. Dankzij een uitgekiend financieel beleid woont hij op stand. De vrijheid is hem te bandeloos: bandeloosheid leidt tot rampen. Stilstand is voor Hofmeester de voorwaarde voor liefde en geluk. Loom houdt hij van zijn dochters. Dat zijn echtgenote hem ingeruild heeft voor een jeugdliefde op ...more
Paperback, 430 pages
Published 2010 by Nijgh & Van Ditmar (first published 2006)
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Foxyreading
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book, this book.. the whole book you read about an insane man who has or wants to have sex with young women (age 16 and eventually even 9) it was so gross and there were a lot of unnecessary sex scenes.
I did kind of enjoy the book because it was interesting to see the story develop but then it had an open cliff hanger ending and I just wanted to kill myself
It feels like I just read a pedofile porno or something, now I know I won't even get the conclusion from the author. So I was going to
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Elsje
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2007
Een van de boekgrrls zegt in de samenvatting op de site:
"Het 3e deel is behoorlijk hallucinerend. Ik begon steeds sneller te lezen omdat ik wilde dat het voorbij zou zijn.Niet uit verveling, maar omdat ik het bijna onverdraaglijk vond. Enfin is het een goed boek? Ja, dit is een uitzonderlijk goed boek. Heb ik er van genoten? Nee, daarom begin ik altijd weer zo aarzelend aan een boek van Grunberg. Als ik het boek dicht sla voel ik me intens verdrietig. Met knikkende knieen stap ik uit. Ik kijk no
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Samah
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, favorites, dutch
One of my ALL TIME FAVORITES. I'm not into Dutch Literature as much as I am into English. But this is truly a masterpiece. I'm almost proud that this is produced by a Dutch writer. I just love the writing style. The problems Hofmeester faces are universal yet so Dutch. The chapters are long and they flow.

The plot twist really knocked me down and I didn't know what to think about Hofmeester anymore but I still felt a confusing and emotionally attached sympathy towards him. I guess that's because
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Barbara Wahl
Molto inquietante.
Orribile a modo suo, quindi molto efficace.
E' un "A sangue freddo" raccontato dall'interno.
Pečivo
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: svíčková
Někdy v roce 1998 jsem náhodou koukal na fotbalovej zápas Francie - Brazílie. Nějakej Franta fauloval nějakýho Braziloše asi 45 metrů od branky a měl se kopat přímej kop. K míči si stoupnul Roberto Carlos. Expert na přímáky. Tendle malej plešatej pán s lejtkama o rozloze Švýcarska si dal dalších 30 metrů na rozeběhnutí a pak tam vyslal takovej mordor, že 13ti letej pečivo na chvilku vypnul porno a jen zíral.

A podobně se teď cítím po dočtení Tirzy. Četl jsem Gstaad, kterej byl vynikající a tak mi
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Marc
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dutch-literature
This was a surprise! I had actually given up on Grunberg: his nihilistic oeuvre collided head-on with my (perhaps naive) existentialist attitude; also literary-stylistic he did not resonate with me. But Tirza is different! By that I mean: the world that Grunberg shows us here is as drab and hopeless as in his other books, but nevertheless this is a tremendous read!. The way he draws main character Jörgen Hofmeester is masterly: from the beginning this nice little bourgeois man seems to have some ...more
Sera
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Tirza has been one of the best books I have read this year. The style of the Dutch writer is somewhere between Dostoevsky and Coetzee. Disturbing scenes and weird dialogues among the characters reveal the secrets of a family. Because of the unlikable characters and disturbing parts of the story, the book may not be for everyone, however, the author Arnon Grunberg writes superbly and the book becomes unputdownable in a weird way. While the protagonist Hofmeester is questioning his life via the re ...more
Chad Post
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DISCLAIMER: I am the publisher of the book and thus spent approximately two years reading and editing and working on it. So take my review with a grain of salt, or the understanding that I am deeply invested in this text and know it quite well. Also, I would really appreciate it if you would purchase this book, since it would benefit Open Letter directly.

The book J-Franz might write if he could get out of the way of his pretensions.
Paulo Sousa
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Livro 1°/Out//48°/2016

Título: Tirza
Autor: Arnon Grunberg
Editora: Rádio Londres Editores
Páginas: 460
Minha classificação: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Que livro S-E-N-S-A-C-I-O-N-A-L!!!!
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Cintia Andrade
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Ai, esse livro. <3

No mês passado, aconteceu um evento no Rio e em São Paulo chamado Café Amsterdã. Para o evento, alguns autores holandeses foram convidados para comentar suas obras - lançadas recentemente no Brasil em parceria com a Fundação Holandesa de Literatura. Eu fui em um encontro na Travessa com os escritores Toine Heijmans (de No Mar) e Arnon Grunberg, autor de "Tirza". Eu havia lido o "No mar" e gostado bastante, mas "Tirza" ainda não havia sido lançado. Neste encontro, foi engraça
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Özlem
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Arka kapağında kitabı öven çeşitli yazarların alıntıları olan kitaplardan genelde uzak dururum ama Tirza güvendiğim yazarlar tarafından övülüp kült bir roman olarak tanıtılınca alıp okumaya karar verdim. Büyük bir hevesle başlamıştım ama sonradan "okumayı bıraksam mı", "acaba ne olacak" arasında gidip geldim sürekli. İlki daha ağır bastı ve çağımız Hollanda'sında yaşayan bir burjuva ailesinin isterilerini dinlemek istemediğime karar verdim. Romanın kahramanı ailenin babası, ama yazar hem başkişi ...more
Madhuri
Not a read which was enjoyable. Mostly because it was too far-fetched, mired in tragedy which escapes even Victorian dramas, and the central character was a person I could neither relate to, nor understand, nor empathise with. Overall, a very dissatisfying read which I find hard to recommend. It has it's elements of course - the anxiety of a modern father, the discomfort of being an un gratifying husband, all put out too well. But overall, it is done to the extremities such that any possibility ...more
Koen Duizings
Tirza leest zeer vlot en bevat veel humor, maar mist inhoudelijke diepgang. Daarnaast is de absurditeit tegen het einde simpelweg vreemd en de vele dialogen voelden vaak onnatuurlijk aan.
Marije
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Met grote regelmaat las ik passages met veel irritatie. En toch intrigeerde iets in het verhaal. Uitgelezen, met verbazing en afschuw.
Marjolein
READ IN DUTCH

Op het Ezzuliaforum, waarop ik ook actief ben, kwam het idee om met zijn allen een boek te gaan lezen en hier daarna over te gaan discussiëren. Als eerste werd gekozen voor de roman Tirza van Arnon Grunberg. Handig genoeg kan ik dit boek ook nog op mijn literatuurlijst Nederlands kwijt. Ik heb dan ook meegedaan, dit boek uit de schoolbieb gehaald en gelezen.

Tirza gaat over een man van middelbare leeftijd met een naar de buitenkant toe bijna perfect leven. Wanneer zijn vrouw na drie
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Ova Incekaraoglu
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Tirza enfes bir kitap. Tek kelime ile şahane. Benim en bayıldığım türden bir roman; hem sürükleyici, hem sarıp sarmalayıcı, hayran edici.

Kitap Hofmeester ailesinin etrafında geçiyor. Baba Jorgen Hofmeester'e odaklanarak yapıyor bunu. Orta sınıf, batılılığı ile gurur duyan, ırkçı, cinsiyetçi, kişiliksiz anti-kahraman baba Jorgen okudukça tiksineceğiniz bir insan. Yazar bile küçümseyerek, nefret ede ede yazmış Jörgen'i. Muhtemelen bir sürü Jörgen tanımış olmalı. Tanıdığı Jörgen'leri biriktire bir
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Uyuyan Adam / Engin Türkgeldi
Çok sevdiğim bir dostumun bana hediyesi olduğu için olsa gerek, bu kitaptan beklentim büyüktü. Hatta okumak için doğru zamanın gelmesi için uzun süre rafta beklettim.

İyi şeylerden başlayalım: Genele baktığımda kahramanın deyişi ile 'orta beyaz sınıf hastalığı'nı oldukça başarılı bir şekilde anlatıldığını; ikiyüzlü, mecburen yaşanan yaşamları çarpıcı bir biçimde ortaya koyulduğunu söyleyeyebilirim. Anti-kahraman da unutulmayacak bir karakter doğrusu, tüm canlılığı ve yönleriyle anlatılmış; belki
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Sara
Hoewel, of misschien juist omdat, ik tijdens het lezen erg aan dit boek gekluisterd was, vond ik nadat ik het uit had toch dat er flauwe trucjes waren gebruikt om de spanning hoog te houden. De (view spoiler) wordt verteld alsof er iets heel anders gebeurt, en aan het einde komen we er ineens achter dat de hoofdpersoon (view spoiler). De schrijfstijl is zo confronterend mogelijk en oord ...more
Will
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dude this book is seriously good. A tense, taut psycho-sexual thriller that disturbed me as it raised my heart rate like few works of this level of literary fiction have done before. It's so great to read such great, well-written prose that is so engaging and enthralling, and Grunberg creates a timeless antihero with Hofmeester. Awesome translation too.
SillySuzy
Jun 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dutch
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Tine
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mijn leeservaring kan in drie periodes ingedeeld en samengevat worden:

1. Algemene Tevredenheid (p. 11-p. 271): Tirza leest erg vlot en hoewel Grunbergs schrijfstijl me niet in extase brengt, was ik tevreden over het feit dat ik in dit boek begonnen was.

2. Groeiende Ergernis (p. 275-p. 402): Het probleem bevond zich vooral bij de figuur Hofmeester (i.e. de protagonist). "WAAROM DOE JIJ DIT, KLEURLOZE PERVERSE OUDE VIEZERIK?" is de vraag die ik in mijn hoofd naar hem schreeuwde. Het is - voor mi
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Lisa
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5*. In één woord: degoutant. Vanaf het derde hoofdstuk lees je sneller. Niet omdat je het vlug uit wil maar gewoon omdat je het niet aan de kant kunt leggen. Je wordt er ongemakkelijk van maar toch wil je verder.

Het verhaal is zodanig ontspoort dat ik er een haat- liefde verhouding meeheb. De personages zijn stuk voor stuk verknipte zielen met misselijkmakende relaties.

Tirza wordt vaak vergeleken met een Russische roman. In tegenstelling tot Raskolnikov van Dostojevski voel ik totaal geen sym
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Britt
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dit boek had ik ook bijna 4,5 gegeven.

Wat er zo sterk aan is, is dat je helemaal wordt opgeslorpt door Hofmeesters gedachten, en je niets anders ziet dan wat hij ziet. Dat maakt dat je hem leert appreciëren en begrijpen, zelfs zijn kleine, botte kantjes.
Tot je helemaal op het einde terug helder kan zien. Prachtig onvoorspelbaar.

Normaal gezien vind ik zo'n soort boeken niet goed, omwille van de niet-meerwaarde aan mijn leven, maar ik denk dat de psychologie die speelt in dit boek mijn aandacht zo
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Dilyana Deneva
Психология на отчаянието в "Тирза": http://azcheta.com/tirza-arnon-gryunb...

Готови ли сте да се гмурнете в обемист роман, който навлиза дълбоко и безпощадно във вътрешния свят на един отчаян мъж, наближаващ шейсетте? Ако не се страхувате да откриете какво се крие там, да бъдете обхванати от меланхолия, редуваща се с яд и леко чувство за безсмислие, то тогава не се колебайте и прочетете „Тирза“ – книгата, обявена от холандския седмичник Groene Amsterdamer за най-значимото литературно произведение
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Sanne
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 Stars, because the only good thing about this book was the plot twist. I didn't like the rest of the book
Ilse
Jul 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Ook al las ik Tirza vrij snel uit, ik kan gewoon niet meer dan 2 sterren geven aan een boek waarvan ik de hoofdpersoon zo naar vond.
Michiel
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hoewel het verhaal meer dan boeiend is, is het voor mij net wat te lang van stof. Soms net wat te vaak op de details in plaats van op het verhaal zelf.
Desalniettemin de moeite waard!
Leticia
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jeske
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
In my entire life have i read only one book that disgusted and horrified me more than this one: the Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinsky. But Tirza is well written and the plot is clever. After the plot twist i leafed back to see how Grunberg had done it. Clever, it must be said. And a finely crafted eerieness throughout the whole book, which makes the whole experience the more unbearable. That too, was well done. Hence the three stars. But no. I am not happy with this extra experience in my book life ...more
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Arnon Yasha Yves (Arnon) Grunberg is a Dutch writer. Some of his books were written using the heteronym Marek van der Jagt.

In 1989 Grunberg made his acting debut in Maria's Cunt (de Kut van Maria); a short film by Dutch enfant terrible filmmaker Cyrus Frisch.

Grunberg made his literary debut in 1994 with the novel Blauwe maandagen (Blue Mondays), which won the Dutch prize for the best debut novel t
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