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Etgar Keret

Born in Ramat Gan, Israel, in 1967, Etgar Keret is the most popular writer among Israel's young generation and has also received international acclaim. He has been published in The New York Times, Le Monde, The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Paris Review and Zoetrope, among others, and over 40 short movies have been based on his stories, one of which won the American MTV Prize. His feature film Wristcutters (2006) also won several international awards, and $ 9.99, based on a number of his short stories, was released to critical acclaim in 2009. Keret resides in Tel Aviv and lectures at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He received the Book Publishers Association's Platinum Prize several times, the Prime Minister's Prize (1996), the Ministry of Culture's Cinema Prize, the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize (UK, 2008) the St Petersburg Public Library's Foreign Favorite Aothor Award (2010) and the Neuman Prize (2012). In 2007, Keret and Shira Geffen won the Cannes Film Festival's "Camera d'Or" Award for their movie Jellyfish, and Best Director Award of the French Artists and Writers' Guild. In 2010, Keret was awarded the prestigious French Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres decoration. He has twice been a finalist for the O'Connor Short Story Award. His books have been published abroad in 41 languages in 44 countries.

I think Keret is a brilliant writer, entirely different from any other I know. He is the voice of the next generation. 

Salman Rushdie 


One of the most important writers alive… enchantingly witty stories.

Clive James 


Etgar Keret is a genius… A powerful and unsettling voice. 

New York Times 


A great short story writer…To complain about Keret being 

Keret is like complaining about Chekhov being Chekhov. 

The Guardian (UK) 

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Etgar Keret

Books in Translation

* The titles listed below are almost all taken from various collections.
* Collections listed under the same title do not necessarily contain the same stories.

# The Busdriver Who Wanted To Be God contains mainly stories from Missing KissingerKneller's Happy Campers.
# Gaza Blues contains stories from Pipelines & Missing Kissinger.
# The Girl on The Fridge contains stories from Missing Kissinger & Pipelines.

The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God: Ramallah, Ogarit, 2003

Basque (Spain)
Kneller’s Happy Campers: San Sebastian, Pasazaite Liburuak, 2013

The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God: Minsk, Lohvinau, 2007
The Seven Good Years: Minsk, Lohvinau, 2016

The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God [Pipelines; Kneller's Happy Campers]: Plovdiv, Janet 45, 2010
The Girl on The Fridge [Missing Kissinger]: Plovdiv, Janet 45, 2011
Asamtoy [The Nimrod Flip-Out]: Plovdiv, Janet 45, 2013
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Plovdiv, Janet 45, 2014
The Seven Good Years: Plovdiv, Janet 45, 2015 

Catalan (Spain)
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Barcelona, Proa, 2013
Chinese (simplified) 
Selected Stories: Hefei, Anhui, 2004
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Shanghai, Shanghai 99, 2014
The Seven Good Years: Shanghai, Shanghai 99, 2016
The Nimrod Flip-Out: Shanghai, Shanghai 99, forthcoming

Chinese (complex)
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Taipei, Solo Press/ Eurasian Group, 2014
One Last Story and That’s ItTaipei, Solo Press/ Eurasian Group, 2015

8% of Nothing [The Nimrod Flip-Out]: Zagreb, Profil, 2008
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Zagreb, Profil, 2011

Kneller's Happy Campers: Zapresic, Fraktura, 2015 

The Flying Santinis: Prague, GplusG, 2005; pback: 2014
Gaza Blues [with Samir el-Youssef]: Prague, GplusG, forthcoming
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Prague, GplusG, 2014

The Bus Driver who Wanted to be God: Prague, GplusG, forthcoming 

The Seven Good Years: Prague, GplusG, 2015

The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God: Copenhagen, Rosinante, 2002
8% of Nothing [The Nimrod Flip-Out]: Copenhagen, Gyldendal, 2006; 2008

Pizzeria Kamikaze [Kneller's Happy Campers]: Amsterdam, Podium, 2001; new ed.: forthcoming
Good Intentions: Amsterdam, Ambo/Anthos, 2002
One Good Deed a Day: Amsterdam, Ambo/Anthos, 2004
Gaza Blues [with Samir el-Youssef]: Amsterdam, Ambo/Anthos, 2006
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Amsterdam, Podium, 2012
Superglue [Pipelines]: Amsterdam, Podium, 2013
The Seven Good Years: Amsterdam, Podium, 2014

How to Make a Good Script Great (graphic): Tel Aviv, Actus Tragicus, 1996
Jetlag (graphic): Tel Aviv, Actus Tragicus, 1998; New York/ London, Toby Press, 2006
The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God: New York, St. Martin’s, 2001; Sydney, Picador/Pan Macmillan, 2003; New   York/London, Toby Press, 2004; New York, Riverhead, 2015 
The Nimrod Flip-Out: Sydney, Picador/Pan Macmillan, 2004; London, Chatto & Windus, 2005; pback: Vintage, 2006;   New York, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2006
Gaza Blues [with Samir el-Youssef]: London, David Paul, 2004; Sydney, Picador/Pan Macmillan, 2006
One Last Story and That’s It: New Delhi, Katha, 2005
Pizzeria Kamikaze [with Asaf Hanuka] (graphic): Gainesville, USA, Alternative Comics, 2006
Missing Kissinger: London, Chatto & Windus, 2007; pback: Vintage, 2008
The Girl on the Fridge [Pipelines; Missing Kissinger]: New York, Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 2008
Kneller’s Happy Campers (novella): London, Chatto & Windus, 2009
Four Stories: Syracuse, NY, Syracuse Univ. Press, 2010; 2013 
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: New York, Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 2012; London, Chatto & Windus, 2012; Sydney,   Random House/Vintage, 2012
The Seven Good Years: New York, Riverhead, 2015; London, Granta, 2015; Brunswick, Austr., Scribe, 2015; pback: London, Granta, 2016 
[Next Book]: New York, Riverhead, forthcoming; London, Granta, forthcoming; Brunswick, Austr., Scribe, forthcoming

Earth Day (graphic): Paris, Ed. du Masque, 2000
Kneller’s Happy Campers (novella): Arles, Actes Sud, 2001; pback: Babel, 2011
Asthma Attack [Missing Kissinger]: Arles, Actes Sud, 2002; pback: Babel, 2005
Man Without a Head [The Nimrod Flip-Out]: Arles, Actes Sud, 2005
Pizzeria Kamikaze [with Asaf Hanuka] (graphic) : Arles, Actes Sud, 2008
Pipelines: Arles, Actes Sud, 2008
Au pays des mensonges [Suddenly, a Knock on the Door]: Arles, Actes Sud, 2011
The Seven Good Years: Paris, Ed. de l'Olivier, 2014; Paris, Points, 2015

Galician (Spain)
The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God: Cangas, Rinoceronte, 2006
Missing Kissinger: Cangas, Rinoceronte, 2011

The Nimrod Flip-Out: Tbilisi, MPublishing, 2007
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Tbilisi, Bakur Sulakauri, 2015

Gaza Blues: Munich, Luchterhand, 1996; 2002; pback: Frankfurt, S. Fischer, 1998
The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God: Munich, Luchterhand, 2001; 2002
Pizzeria Kamikaze [Kneller's Happy Campers]: Munich, Luchterhand, 2000; pback: btb, 2006
Moon on Special Offer [The Nimrod Flip-Out]: Munich, Luchterhand, 2003; btb, 2006
All Gaza [with Samir el-Youssef]: Munich, Luchterhand, 2006
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Frankfurt, S. Fischer, 2012
The Seven Good Years: Frankfurt, S. Fischer, 2016

The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God: Athens, Kastaniotis, 2003
Gaza Blues [with Samir el-Youssef]: Athens, Kastaniotis, 2004
The Nimrod Flip-Out: Athens, Kastaniotis, 2007
The Girl on the Fridge [Pipelines; Missing Kissinger]: Kastaniotis, 2012 
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Athens, Kastaniotis, forthcoming
The Seven Good Years: Athens, Kastaniotis, 2015

For Only $9.99: Budapest, Golem Theater Assoc., 2009
Kneller's Happy Campers: Budapest, Libri 
Kiadó, 2015

The Seven Good YearsBudapest, Jelenkor Kiadó, forthcoming


 The Seven Good Years: Yogyakarta, Bentang Pustaka, forthcoming


Missing Kissinger: Rome, Theoria, 1997
Abram Cadabram [new trans. of Missing Kissinger], Rome, e/o, 2008
Pizzeria Kamikaze [Kneller's Happy Campers]: Rome, e/o, 2003; 2004 
Io sono lui [The Nimrod Flip-Out]: Rome, e/o, 2004; pback: as The Tits of an 18-Year-Old, 2006
Gaza Blues [with Samir el-Youssef]: Rome, e/o, 2005
The Night the Buses Died [Pipelines]: Rome, e/o, 2010
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Milan, Feltrinelli, 2012; 2016
The Seven Good Years: Milan, Feltrinelli, 2015

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Tokyo, Shinchosha, 2015
The Seven Good Years Tokyo, Shinchosha, 2016 

The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God: Seoul, Boobooks, 2009
Pizzeria Kamikaze [with Asaf Hanuka] (graphic): Seoul, Open Books/Mimesis, 2015
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Seoul, Monhak, 2013

The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God: Riga, Janis Roze, 2012

The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God: Vilnius, Alma Littera, 2006
Missing Kissinger: Vilnius, Baltos Lankos, 2012

Malay (Malaysia)
The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God: Kuala Lumpur, Sang Freud Press, 2013


Suddenly a Knock on the Door: Skopie, Makedonia Litera, forthcoming  

Malayalam (India)
The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God: Kottayam, DC Books, 2011 


The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God: Oslo, Cappelens, 2004

Gaza Blues [with Samir el-Youssef]: Oslo, Cappelens, 2006

8% of Nothing [The Nimrod Flip-Out]: Oslo, Cappelen Damm, 2008

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Oslo, Cappelen Damm, 2012

Omnibus ed.: Oslo, Cappelen Damm, 2013
The Seven Good Years: Oslo, Cappelen Damm, forthcoming

The Seven Good Years: London, Nebesht/H&S Media, 2015 

Gaza Blues [with Samir el-Youssef]: Isabelin, Swiat Literacki, 2000
Pizzeria Kamikaze [Kneller's Happy Campers]: Isabelin, Swiat Literacki, 2001
8% of Nothing [The Nimrod Flip-Out]: Warsaw, WAB, 2006; 2016 
Rury [Pipelines]: Warsaw, WAB, 2007; 2016 
Missing Kissinger: Warsaw, WAB, 2008
Kneller’s Happy Campers: Warsaw, WAB, 2011
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Warsaw, WAB, 2012; 2016 
The Seven Good Years: Warsaw, WAB, 2014

& Portuguese/Brazil
Missing Kissinger: Porto, Ambar, 2004; 
Lisbon, Sextante, forthcoming 
Suddenly, A Knock on the Door: Rio de Janeiro, Rocco, 2014
The Seven Good Years: Rio de Janiero, Rocco, 2015; 
Lisbon, Sextante, forthcoming

Dni kak Segodnia [selected stories]: Moscow, Muravei- Guide, 2000
Az’Yesm [The Nimrod Flip-Out]: Moscow, Eksmo, 2004
The Night the Buses Died: Moscow, Text, 2009
The Seven Good Years: Moscow, Phantom, forthcoming 

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Bratislava, Artforum, 2012
The Seven Good Years: Bratislava, Artforum, 2014

Selected Stories: Ljubljana, LUD, 2014

Spanish & Spanish/Latin America
The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God: Buenos Aires & Barcelona, Emecé, 2004
The Girl on the Fridge [Pipelines; Missing Kissinger]: Madrid, Siruela, 2006; as Missing Kissinger: Mexico City, Sexto Piso, 2006 
Pizzeria Kamikaze [Kneller's Happy Campers]: Madrid, Siruela, 2008; Mexico City, Sexto Piso, 2008
Pizzeria Kamikaze  [with Asaf Hanuka] (graphic): Barcelona, La Copula, 2008
Un hombre sin cabeza [The Nimrod Flip-Out]: Mexico City, Sexto Piso, 2010; Madrid, Siruela, 2011
Missing Kissinger & Kneller's Happy Campers: Madrid, Siruela/ Debolsillo, 2012
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Mexico City, Sexto Piso, 2012; Madrid, Siruela, 2013
Selected Stories (graphic): Mexico City, Sexto Piso, 2013
The Seven Good Years: Mexico City, Sexto Piso, 2013; Madrid, Siruela, 2014; pback: Barcelona, Debolsillo, 2014 
Omnibus [Un libro largo de cuentos cortos]: Madrid, Siruela, forthcoming
PipelinesMexico City, Sexto Piso, forthcoming; 
Madrid, Siruela, forthcoming

Shooting Tuvia [The Nimrod Flip-Out]: Stockholm, Bastion, 2008
Good Intentions [Missing Kissinger]: Stockholm, Bastion, 2009
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Stockholm, Brombergs, 2014

Missing KissingerBangkok: Gamme Magie Editions, forthcoming

The Nimrod Flip-Out: Istanbul, Parantez, 2006; Istanbul, Siren, 2012
Gaza Blues [with Samir el-Youssef]: Istanbul, Siren, 2009
The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God: Istanbul, Siren, 2010
Missing Kissinger: Istanbul, Siren, 2011
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Istanbul, Siren, 2012
Pizzeria Kamikaze (graphic): Istanbul, Siren, 2013
The Seven Good Years: Istanbul, Siren, 2013


Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Kiev, Folio, forthcoming

Selected Stories: Kiev, Folio, forthcoming

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Hanoi, Alpha Books, 2015

Kneller’s Happy Campers (novella)
Published alone in:
French: Arles, Actes Sud; pback: Arles, Babel, 2011 
German: Munich, Luchterhand; pback: btb
Dutch: Amsterdam, Podium
English: London, Chatto & Windus
Italian: Rome, edizioni e/o

As graphic novella, entitled Pizzeria Kamikaze, published in:
English: Gainesville, FL, USA, Alternative Comics
French: Arles, Actes Sud
Spanish: Barcelona, La Copula
Turkish: Istanbul, Siren
Korean: Seoul, Open Books/Mimesis

Korean: Seoul, JoongAng M&B, 2002 
Italian: Rome, edizioni e/o, 2003 
English: Cambridge, MA, Candlewick Press, 2004 
Spanish: Mexico City, Fondo de Cultura, 2004 
Chinese: Taipei, 3&3 International, 2004 
French: Paris, Albin Michel, 2005 
Japanese: Tokyo, Hyoronsha, 2005
Spanish: Mexico, Fondo de Cultura, 2009; Santiago de Chile, Fondo de Cultura, forthcoming
French: Paris, Ed. de la Balle, 2010
German: Frankfurt, Fischer, 2014
Polish: Warsaw, WAB, 2013
French: Arles, Actes Sud, 2014 
Spanish: Mexico City, Alfaguara, 2013
Polish: Warsaw, WAB, 2015
Bulgarian: Plovdiv, Janet 45, 2015
Italian: Milano, Terre di Mezzo, 2015
Korean: Seoul, Awesome World, forthcoming
Portuguese (Brazil): Sau Paolo, SM, 2014
Turkish: Istanbul, Can, forthcoming

Italian: Milan, Feltrinelli, forthcoming

Dutch: Amsterdam, Podium, forthcoming

German: Zurich, Atrium, forthcoming
Mexico City, Sexto Piso, forthcoming

Turkish (Breaking the Pig & other stories): Istanbul, Siren, 2016 

Zeruya Shalev was awarded the prestigious Femina prize, France, 2014
Zeruya Shalev's major novel 'The Remains of Love' won the prestigious Prix Femina and is still nominated for Prix Medicis, 2014. The novel has been recently released in French translation by Editions Gallimard. On the long list were 15 outstanding authors, inter alia, Margaret Atwood (Canada), Lily Brett (Australia), Maxime Ossipov (Russia) and Leonardo Padura (Cuba).
Rome-Jerusalem Prize 2014 for Zeruya Shalev
Zeruya Shalev was recently awarded the prestigious Rome-Jerusalem Prize for the Italian translation of her novel 'The Remains of Love'
Tami Shem-Tov wins the Lea Goldberg Prize for Children and Youth Books 2013
For her wonderful y/a novel 'I Am Not a Thief' about Janus Korczak`s orphanage.
Gadi Taub, selected as "Best Untranslated Israeli Author" in Granta Magazine
The bars, pimps and pubs of 'Allenby Street' - a "masterfully constructed world of Dickensian variety," according to Etgar Keret.
Limassol wins the Italian Marisa Giorgetti Award, 2013
Yishai Sarid`s amazing book 'Il Poeta di Gaza' - in Italian - is going from strength to strength!
Orly Castel-Bloom
In case you`ve never heard Orly Castel-Bloom reading her own work, here`s a new YouTube of her reading her story "The Woman Who Wanted to Kill Someone." Enjoy!
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