Suddenly, a Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret
Stories

64%

5 Critic Reviews

Sometimes, admittedly, it goes so that the reader begins to tire of so much relentless wit and invention.
-Guardian

Synopsis

Bringing up a child, lying to the boss, placing an order in a fast-food restaurant: in Etgar Keret's new collection, daily life is complicated, dangerous, and full of yearning. In his most playful and most mature work yet, the living and the dead, silent children and talking animals, dreams and waking life coexist in an uneasy world. Overflowing with absurdity, humor, sadness, and compassion, the tales in Suddenly, a Knock on the Door establish Etgar Keret—declared a "genius" by The New York Times—as one of the most original writers of his generation.

 

About Etgar Keret

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Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, Etgar Keret is the author of six bestselling story collections. His writing has been published in Harper's Magazine, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Zoetrope. Jellyfish, his first movie as a director along with his wife, Shira Geffen, won the Camera d'Or prize for best first feature at Cannes in 2007. In 2010 he was named a Chevalier of France's Order of Arts and Letters.
 
Published March 27, 2012 by FSG Originals. 209 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Suddenly, a Knock on the Door
All: 5 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 2

NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Steve Almond on Apr 13 2012

In gems like this, Keret evinces what the psychoanalyst Bruno Bettelheim called “the uses of enchantment,” an ability to compel readers to experience their hidden terrors by means of symbolic narrative.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Ian Sansom on Feb 23 2012

Sometimes, admittedly, it goes so that the reader begins to tire of so much relentless wit and invention.

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NPR

Below average
Reviewed by Minna Proctor on Apr 19 2012

...a dense collection to read through. Keret's fiction might do better to stand alone amongst the pages of The New Yorker...where his language and style are offset and the delivery is more perfect peach than family size bag of potato chips.

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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Stephen Finucan on Apr 21 2012

It’s like reading thirty-five brilliant explosions.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Carolyn Kellogg on Apr 08 2012

...his ironies are global; this is a master storyteller, creating deep, tragic, funny, painful tales with scarcely more words than you've read in this review.

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