'The work of a genius at full throttle' Sunday Telegraph
'Knotted with energy, barely wasting a scene or a word in its cracking velocity' ...
From the critically acclaimed master short-story teller Etgar Keret, his long-awaited and biggest selling collection - the first in nearly ten years
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Published: 23 February 2012
Genre: Short stories
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.
Etgar Keret has written several great books, but this is his greatest. These stories are the most funny, dark and poignant I've read in a long time. It's tempting to say they are his most Kafkaesque, but in fact they are his most Keretesque
Jonathan Safran Foer
Distinctive, understated and very funny... If you read only one book of short stories this year, it should be this one
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
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
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
Extremely funny... Keret’s stories understand the plasticity of narrative and the importance of imaginative acts
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, and establises him as one of the great international writers of our time
Distinctive, surreal and intelligent
Antonia Charlesworth, Big Issue in the North
Tim Samuels, theholbornmag.com
Very funny and witty - I've enjoyed this read very muchThis book is made up of a collection of short stories. Each is hilarious, funny and absolutely charming. The voice of the stories (sort of throwing everything about life into stories) reminds me personally of Kurt Vonnegut in Breakfast of Champions. Most of the stories are made up scenarios that are probably not possible outside the world of fiction or brief scenes taken from life, in which the story gives a different perspective to it.I highly recommend this book, especially to readers who appreciate humor and don't mind looking at life in all its different (and some unflattering) angles.
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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 ...