Friday, April 5, 2013

Suddenly, A Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret

Suddenly, A Knock on the Door is a collection of Etgar Keret's short, sharp and strange short stories. A trio of translators have made these poignant Israeli tales available to an English audience.

Most are only a few pages long and are about the average Joe, or Yosef, rather. Mundane life is knocked slightly askew with touches of the fantastic or surreal. There's always a little twist in the narrative, and I could never see it coming. They are like refreshing palate cleansers between reading other things.

You can see an excerpt from Keret's story Todd animated here. Very cool!

Readalikes: Anthropology (Dan Rhodes); The Elephant Vanishes (Haruki Murakami); and Kitchen (Banana Yoshimoto).

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