Etgar Keret is an ingenious and original master of the short story. Hilarious, witty and always unusual, declared a 'genius' by the New York Times, Keret brings all of his prodigious talent to bear in this, his sixth bestselling collection.
Long a household name in Israel, where he has been declared the voice of his generation, Keret has been acknowledged as one of the country's most radical and extraordinary writers. Exuding a rare combination of depth and accessibility, Keret's tales overflow with absurdity, humour, longing and compassion, and though their circumstances are often strange and surreal, his characters are defined by a familiar and fierce humanity. A man barges into a writer's house and, holding a gun to his head, demands that he tell him a story, something to take him away from the real world. A pathological liar discovers one day that all the lies he tells come true. A young woman finds a zip in her boyfriend's mouth, and when she opens it he unfolds to reveal a completely different man inside. Suddenly, a Knock on the Door is at once Keret's most mature and most playful work yet, and establishes him as one of the great international writers of our time.
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Effortlessly funny... Clever, relevant and oddly resonant, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door is Keret’s best, most mature work and the perfect introduction to his sad, strange and moving fiction - Independent
Extremely funny... Keret’s stories understand the plasticity of narrative and the importance of imaginative acts - The Times
Distinctive, understated and very funny... If you read only one book of short stories this year, it should be this one - Daily Mail
This bestselling collection by the ingenious and original master of the short story overflows with absurdity, humour, longing and compassion... Keret’s most mature and most playful work yet... One of the great international writers of our time - GQ
Etgar Keret is a great short story writer whose work is all the greater because it’s funny... The stories are all thought-experiments. What if, they ask. Why not? And, what the heck? Like all art, they are highly patterned, highly charged, refracted reflections on the chaos and randomness of everyday existence - Guardian
Another manifestation of Keret's magic - but more mature, and more interesting - Haaretz
Crammed with bite-size absurdities. - Literary Review
A maddening, abruptly moving and effortlessly funny collection ... Clever, relevant and oddly resonant, Suddenly a Knock on the Door is Keret’s best, most mature work and the perfect introduction to his sad, strange and moving fiction. - Independent
Keret’s stories understand the plasticity of narrative and the importance of imaginative acts...his essential aim is to uncover the deeper meanings within everyday reality. As a result, his stories walk an unusually thin line between the profound and the inconsequential. - The Times
At once sophisticated and anti-literary, extremely funny and slyly serious. While invariably set in contemporary Israel, and full of sex and violence, they also hark back to older storytelling traditions such as the parable, the folk tale and the absurdist fiction of Gogol and Kafka. - Observer
Keret is exceptionaly fortunate in his translators. His distinctive understated and very funny voice shines through their versions of these stories, which combine realism with the fantasticall, like very sophisticated and poignant modern folk tales... If you read only one book of short stories this year, it shoud be this one. - Daily Mail
Sneaked in amongst the feints and dodges are sharp insights on the Israeli temperament and steady if glancing attention to the country’s troubles.In digressions and asides, Keret assembles a portrait of his countrymen and their unique and uncomfortable place in the world. - Times Literary Supplement
While Amos Oz and David Grossman wrestle with the moral quandaries of the emergent Jewish state, and Aharon Appelfield plumbs the calamitous dislocations of Jewish history Mr. Keret tracks the chaotic inner life of his countrymen.To him, the perils of modern Israel – the free-floating rage, the anguish of occupation, the sudden and senseless violence – are not national dramas so much as existential dilemmas. - International Herald Tribune
Etgar Keret is a master of the short form… The stories are compassionate, insightful and relentlessly absurd - Vogue
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.