'Etgar Keret's short stories are fierce, funny, full of energy and insight, and at the same time they are often deep, tragic and very moving' - Amos Oz
At a children's tea party, a magician tries to pull a rabbit out of a hat, but takes out only its head; a young man has a mother and girlfriend who each demand that he gives them the other one's heart; while a Nobel Laureate asks an orphan to perform a very strange task.
In Etgar Keret's blackly comic stories the unexpected can, and usually does, happen. They are clever, quick, sometimes violent and often intensely poignant. They are, in short, brilliant.
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This collection of short stories is easily one of the most memorable, moving and laugh-aloud-funny books you'll read in a long time - Daily Mail
Many of the very short stories in this collection are more thought-provoking than the average novel - Independent on Sunday
A collection of short, surreal fragments that place the reader in peculiar and often moving worlds - Metro
A beguiling, savagely funny collection of stories...he'll leave you with more questions than answers but you'll feel all the better for it - New Statesman
These are 46 horror stories from Israel, though they acrobatically shape-shift from the political to the fabulous, and are outwardly comic... I enjoyed these wild, blackly inventive pieces very much at times - Guardian
Etgar Keret is a writer to be taken seriously - Yann Martel
Keret's surreal conceits are couched in a wry, downbeat language...The effect is something like a sorrowful hybrid of Kafka and Donald Barthelme: deadpan on the surface, with a bassnote of discomfort and emotional alienation that makes even the briefest tales snag in the mind...Each piece is at once universal and particular...world-class gems. The translation is brilliant, too - Daily Telegraph
Etgar Keret is the voice of young Israel - Independent
One of the greatest short story writers alive - Ben Rice
One of the most important writers alive... enchantingly witty - Clive James
Etgar Keret's extraordinary imagination sets the reader free from slogans and headlines - Linda Grant
Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, Etgar Keret is one of the leading voices in Israeli literature and cinema. He is the author of five bestselling collections, which have been translated into twenty-nine languages. His writing has been published in the New York Times, le Monde, the Guardian, the Paris Review and Zoetrope. He has also written a number of award-winning screenplays, and Jellyfish, his first film as a director along with his wife Shira Geffen, won the Camera d'Or prize for best first feature at Cannes in 2007. In 2010 he was awarded the Chevalier medallion of France's Order of Arts and Letters.