Suddenly, a Knock on the Door

(Fiction; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012)

Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, Etgar Keret is one of the most popular Israeli short story writers today. He has published ten books—including story collections, graphic novels, and books for children—which have been translated into more than thirty languages and have received literary awards in Israel and abroad. Keret has said that for him story writing is like a “trust fall”; he loses his balance and hopes to be caught. The child of Holocaust survivors, Keret tells dark stories lightly, in immediate prose shot through with humor and yearning. His characters often have split identities and cope with uncertainty by making things up, things that sometimes come true.

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