A story from Suddenly, a Knock on the Door read by Willem Dafoe
This collection of short stories brims with invention . . . Etgar Keret is a great short story writer whose work is all the greater because it's funny . . . [He] most becomes himself in comedy shorts, telling tales of the absurd and the surreal . . . As one of the 20th century's great comic writers--and one of Keret's true precursors--might have said, so it goes . . . To complain about Keret being Keret is like complaining about Chekhov being Chekhov. —Ian Sansom, The Guardian
[Keret] deserves full marks for chutzpah . . . His work zings with imaginative conceits, clever asides and self-conscious twists. Yet there is also an easygoing quality to his writing that makes the 37 stories collected here instantly likeable . . . his stories assume an anecdotal style that gives them an air of spontaneity, as if he were relating them over a cup of coffee in one of the Tel Aviv cafes frequented by his characters . . . Keret's willingness to develop quirky concepts (one story features a magic, talking goldfish) would seem to grant him a place alongside such idiosyncratic writers as Robert Walser, Franz Kafka, Kurt Vonnegut and Italo Calvino. But if his work is sometimes reminiscent of these writers, it also carves out its own territory. —James Ley, The Sydney Morning Herald
A brilliant writer . . . completely unlike any writer I know. The voice of the next generation. —Salman Rushdie
Keret can do more with six . . .paragraphs than most writers can with 600 pages. —Kyle Smith, People
In this slim volume of flash fiction and short stories, Israeli author/filmmaker Keret (The Nimrod Flipout; the film Jellyfish) writes with alternating Singeresque magical realism and Kafkaesque absurdity. —Publishers Weekly
Israeli author Keret writes sometimes appealingly wacky, sometimes darkly absurdist stories that translate well to America . . . Sophisticated readers should check this out. —Library Journal, pre-pub alert
Etgar Keret's stories are funny, with tons of feeling, driving towards destinations you never see coming. They're written in the most unpretentious, chatty voice possible, but they're also weirdly poetic. They stick in your gut. You think about them for days. —Ira Glass, host and producer of This American Life
Strangeness abounds. Keret fits so much psychological and social complexity and metaphysical mystery into these quick, wry, jolting, funny, off-handedly fabulist miniatures, they're like literary magic tricks: no matter how closely you read, you can't figure out how he does it. —Donna Seaman, Booklist (March 15)
His pieces elicit comparison to sources as diverse as Franz Kafka, Kurt Vonnegut and Woody Allen . . . [Keret is] a writer who is often very funny and inventive, and occasionally profound. —Kirkus Reviews (March 15)
“Keret's greatest book yet--the most funny, dark, and poignant. It's tempting to say these stories are his most Kafkaesque, but in fact they are his most Keretesque. —Jonathan Safran Foer
Etgar Keret was born in Tel Aviv in 1967. Recipient of the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, he is a lecturer at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the author of the
story collection Suddenly, a Knock on the Door. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Paris Review, and the New York Times, among many
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