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

Dad Runs Away with the Circus: Akko, 2018


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, 2017

The Tiny Kingdom: Taipei, 2018 

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, 2018

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

Fly Already: Amsterdam, Podium, 2020

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, 2018
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 
Fly Already: New York, Riverhead, 2019; London, Granta, forthcoming; Brunswick, Austr., Scribe, 2019

Long-Haired Cat-Boy Cub: New York, Seven Stories Press, 2019

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door [Braille book]: Brantford, Ontario, W. Ross MacDonald School Resource Services Library, 2019


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

Fly Already: Paris, Editions de l'Olivier, 2020



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

Breaking the Pig: Zurich, Atrium, 2016

Fly, Already: Berlin, Aufbau, 2020

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, 2017


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, 2018 
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, 2019
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Milan, Feltrinelli, 2012; 2016
The Seven Good Years: Milan, Feltrinelli, 2015

Fly Already: Milan, Fertinelli, 2019


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

Fly Already: Tokyo, Kawadeshobōshinsha, 2019

Pizzeria Kamikaze: Tokyo, Kawadeshobōshinsha, 2019



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

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Charleston S.C., CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018

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, 2018
The Seven Good YearsBucharest, Humanitas SA, 2018

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

Fly Already: Istanbul, Siren, 2019


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


Japanese: Tokyo, Kawadeshoboshinsha, 2018

Thai: Bangkok, Gamme Magie Editions, 2018



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