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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. Most recently, he was awarded the Charles Bronfman Prize (USA, 2016) and the ADEI-WIZO Prize for The Seven Good Years (Italy, 2016).

Keret's books have been published abroad in 42 languages in 45 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) 

See also Etgar Keret’s website:

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

Selected Stories
Baku, Alatoran, 2017
The Seven Good Years: Baku, Qanun, forthcoming

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

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Minsk, Lohvinau, 2017

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, 2013; 2016
The Seven Good Years: Shanghai, Shanghai 99, 2016
The Nimrod Flip-Out: Shanghai, Shanghai 99, 2017

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
The Seven Good Years
Taipei, Solo Press/ Eurasian Group, forthcoming

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 Seven Good YearsZapresic, Fraktura, forthcoming

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; 2017 
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; Nashville, USA, Boom, forthcoming
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; 
New York, Riverhead, 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, 2017
Frankfurt, S. Fischer, 2016

The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God: Athens, Kastaniotis, 2004 
Gaza Blues [with Samir el-Youssef]: Athens, Kastaniotis, 2005 
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, 2016


Missing Kissinger: Rome, Theoria, 1997Milan, Feltrinelli, forthcoming
Abram Cadabram [new trans. of Missing Kissinger], Rome, e/o, 2008
Milan, Feltrinelli, forthcoming 
Pizzeria Kamikaze [Kneller's Happy Campers]: Rome, e/o, 2003; 2004
Milan, Feltrinelli, forthcoming 
Io sono lui [The Nimrod Flip-Out]: Rome, e/o, 2004; pback: as The Tits of an 18-Year-Old, 2006; Milan, Feltrinelli, 2017 
Gaza Blues [with Samir el-Youssef]: Rome, e/o, 2005
The Night the Buses Died [Pipelines]: Rome, e/o, 2010; 
Milan, Feltrinelli, forthcoming
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


Suddenly a Knock on the Door: Skopie, Makedonika Litera, 2017   

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

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, 2017

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; 2016 
Kneller’s Happy Campers: Warsaw, WAB, 2011; 2016 
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Warsaw, WAB, 2012; 2016 
The Seven Good Years: Warsaw, WAB, 2014; 2016

& Portuguese/Brazil
Missing Kissinger: Porto, Ambar, 2004; 
Lisbon, Sextante, 2017 
Suddenly, A Knock on the Door: Rio de Janeiro, Rocco, 2014
The Seven Good Years: Rio de Janiero, Rocco, 2015; 
Lisbon, Sextante, 2016

The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God: Lisbon, Sextante, 2017

Suddenly, A Knock on the Door: Bucharest, Humanitas Fiction, forthcoming
The Seven Good YearsBucharest, Humanitas SA, 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, 2016 

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Bratislava, Artforum, 2012; 2017
The Seven Good Years: Bratislava, Artforum, 2014
Selected StoriesBratislava, Artforum, 2017

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, 2016
Madrid, Siruela, 2016; Mexico City, Sexto Piso, 2017
Streets of Rage [with Asaf Hanuka]: Mexico City, Trilce, 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
Seven Good Years: Stockholm, Brombergs, 2018

Missing KissingerBangkok, Gamme Magie Editions, 2017

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
Breaking the Pig:
 Istanbul, Siren, 2016 


Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Kiev, Folio, 2016

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, 2017

Italian: Milan, Feltrinelli, 2017

Dutch: Amsterdam, Podium, 2016

German: Zurich, Atrium, 2016
Mexico City, Sexto Piso, 2016

Turkish (Breaking the Pig & other stories): Istanbul, Siren, 2016
Polish: Warsaw, Wilga/GW Foksal, 2016 

Congratulations to Barabara Harshav for the 2018 PEN Medal for Translation!
The prize is given to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of their work. Barbara Harshav has been translating works from French, German, Hebrew and Yiddish for over twenty years and has currently published over forty books of translation. Among the many Hebrew authors she has translated: Yoram Kaniuk, Agnon, Yehudit Hendel, Yehuda Amichai and many more.
The Ministry of Culture and Sport announced the names of the winners of the Arik Einstein Veterans Artists Prize.
A prize of 50,000 NIS was given to each of the 21 artists who worked and are still working to promote Israeli culture in various fields -Music, dance, theater, plastic arts, cinema and literature. In the literature category the winners were Ronny Someck, Jacob Buchan and Shlomit Cohen-Assif. Also, Anat Masiach is among the recipient of the prize for debut literary works. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Ronit Matalon, the recipient of the 2017 Brenner prize for her book 'And the Bride Closed the Door". And, congratulations to Amir ziv, the recipent of the first ever Brenner prize for debut novels.
Ronit Matalon's book tells the story of Margie, a young bride, who shuts herself up in her mother's bedroom and declares that she won’t get married. Her family gathers at the locked door, not knowing what to do. Amir Ziv tells a story that begins as an apparently routine correspondence between a prying citizen, secretly in love with his neighbor, and a conscientious municipal clerk, and developes into an uncovering of a great underlying drama.
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop April 29 to May 5, 2018 Beit Ben-Yehuda, Jerusalem
After workshops in Berlin, Jerusalem and Straelen, the workshop will return to Jerusalem this spring. This workshop will focus on the participants translations. These are unfinished translations that have not yet been published. These will be sent to all participants. The workshop is open to 10 participants and is intended for literary translators with experience and publications. Workshop facilitators: Anne Birkenhauer and Gadi Goldberg Prerequisites: At least one published translation Duration: Sunday, April 29, 2018 until Saturday, May 5, 2018 Location: Beit Ben-Yehuda, 28 Ein Gedi St., 93383 Jerusalem Participation fee: Participation (Accommodation and meals) is free of charge. Travel / flight expenses will be refunded. For more details and for the documents required for submitting application: Anne Birkenhauer, and Gadi Goldberg,
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
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Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
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