Arnon Grunberg (b. 1971) debuted at the age of 23 with the novel Blauwe maandagen (Blue Mondays, 1994). His next two novels, Figuranten (Silent Extras, 1997) and Fantoompijn (Phantom Pain, 2000), strengthened both the readers' and the critics' conviction that he is a great writer. Some of his other titles are De asielzoeker (The Asylum Seeker, 2003) and De joodse messias (The Jewish Messiah, 2004). Grunberg also writes plays, essays and travel columns. His work has won him several literary awards, among which the AKO Prize for Fantoompijn and De asielzoeker, and both the Libris Literature Prize and the Flemish Golden Owl for Tirza (2006), his last novel to date. Under the pseudonym Marek van der Jagt he published the successful novels De geschiedenis van mijn kaalheid (The History of my Baldness, 2000) and Gstaad 95-98 (2002). Arnon Grunberg lives and works in New York.