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A novel of Ireland like no other.
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.
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
Stuart Evers, Independent
Extremely funny... Keret’s stories understand the plasticity of narrative and the importance of imaginative acts
Distinctive, understated and very funny... If you read only one book of short stories this year, it should be this one
Jane Shilling, 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
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
Ian Sansom, Guardian
Etgar Keret is a master of the short form… The stories are compassionate, insightful and relentlessly absurd
Francesca Segal, Vogue
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Etgar Keret was born in Tel Aviv in 1967 and is one of the leading voices in Israeli literature and cinema. He has published works in a variety of formats including short stories, novellas and graphic ...