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Missing Kissinger

Etgar Keret
In Keret's second collection of short stories, we see once again how even apparent flights of fancy conceal biting criticism of our violent world. This is particularly prominent in military stories such as "Vaccum Seal" where an Israeli sageant abuses his new recruits to the point of despair. The hero thinks he can insulate himself from humiliation by sealing himself in cellophane, only to realize that it does not protect him from his inner pain. Other, apparently romantic stories, are ironic and dry. In "My Best friend," a young man trying to seduce a girl manages to take her to his house. As they reach the door, they discover that it is wet with his best friend's urine. This is enough for the girl, of course. "If your best friend pisses on your door, that's got to mean something," she says as she leaves. Like many of Keret's lighter stories, the happy house of cards is knocked down and brings us back to bleak reality.



Kafka in Israel!
Le Monde

Keret possesses amazing insight into the grotesque and the paradox of everyday life. Here lies the secret of his ability to describe how from the depths of a hopeless existential state, there repeatedly flash moments of overwhelming beauty.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 
 
Keret writes almost as if he had been in New York in 1919 and his name was J. D. Salinger.
Der Spiegel

Keret’s work moves toward meta-reality in a fast and loony way. [His] stories are surreal and sharp as quills because, through paradox, they depict what life is like in Israel…all narrated with maximum cool. His books smile bitterly, sarcastically.
La Repubblica

An insightful, witty writer with a wholly original style… Told in Keret’s sharp, fast-moving style, the stories are both funny and heart-breaking.                               
New Statesman


Missing Kissinger
Title Missing Kissinger
Author’s Last Name Keret
Author's First Name Etgar
Language(s) Hebrew, English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Corsican, Czech, Danish, Galician (Spain), Greek, Hungarian, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay (Malaysia), Malayalam (India), Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Genre stories
Publisher (Hebrew) Zmora-Bitan
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1994
No. Pages 147 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ga’aguay Le-Kissinjer

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NEWS
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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.
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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, birkenhauer@013.net and Gadi Goldberg, gadi.goldberg@gmail.com
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Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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

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Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
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Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
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ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
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Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
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