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Suddenly, a Knock on the Door

Etgar Keret
In his new collection of stories, Etgar Keret once again proves his endless ingenuity. In fact, these are some of the finest and most mature he has written. In "Suddenly a Knock on the Door," a man barges into the writer`s house and demands that he tell him a story, because the real world is exasperating and he needs something different. The familiar humdrum and the exciting "different" reappear in many of the stories: the imagination takes over and an absurd, surreal world is created. Another story is about a pathological liar who discovers one day that all his lies are true, and a third tells about a young woman who finds a miniature zipper in her partner`s mouth. When she unzips it, her partner opens up-literally-and inside she discovers Jurgen who, if we can believe his penis, is not even Jewish. The stories are funny but also dark and menacing. The boy from Keret`s earlier stories has grown older and become a naןve, defeatist Woody Allen-like figure who forges an alliance of the weak with his young son. Together, the two become a winning team that battles a violent, evil and depressing world. As always, however, Keret also gives us wonderful moments of grace and strives to reach the human spark in a dark world.



This is Keret`s 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.
Author Jonathan Safran Foer

Etgar Keret`s newest collection is fantastic and moving and–as always with Keret–surprisingly and endearingly weird. It`s a special Keret book.
Author Nathan Englander

Another manifestation of Keret`s magic–but more mature and more interesting. Haaretz

Outstanding... Some of the stories are close to perfection.
NRG Maariv

Keret Suddenly, a Knock on the Door
Title Suddenly, a Knock on the Door
Author’s Last Name Keret
Author's First Name Etgar
Language(s) Hebrew, English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Bulgarian, Catalan (Spain), Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Georgian, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Genre stories
Publisher (Hebrew) Zmora-Bitan
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2010
No. Pages 179 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Pitʹom Dfika Ba-Delet

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