The Girl on the Fridge by Etgar Keret
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A birthday-party magician whose hat tricks end in horror and gore; a girl parented by a major household appliance; the possessor of the lowest IQ in the Mossad--such are the denizens of Etgar Keret's dark and fertile mind. The Girl on the Fridge contains the best of Keret's first collections, the ones that made him a household name in Israel and the major discovery of this last decade.

 

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 April 15, 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 196 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In “Not Human Beings,” a soldier named Stein tries to put together in some coherent way his impressions of what’s happening in Gaza: “He tried to put all the images together into a single, coherent reality, but he couldn’t.” Stein’s dilemma is emblematic of Keret’s method: The stories read like f...

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The Israeli writer Etgar Keret is a genius, although it’s not entirely apparent in “The Girl on the Fridge,” his new story collection.

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Publishers Weekly

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Nevertheless, a haunting theme arises as stories featuring violence accumulate: “Not Human Beings,” in which an Israeli soldier is beaten by fellow officers when he objects to the cruel treatment of an old Arab man, screams in the face of bloodshed, whereas the irritation of the father in “A Bet,...

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San Francisco Chronicle

Etgar Keret, author of the acclaimed story collection "The Nimrod Flipout," writes so conversationally that reading him is more like listening to him.

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Open Letters Monthly

This followed close on the heels of the DVD release of the 2006 Wristcutters: A Love Story (not to be confused with Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Enemies, a Love Story, another tale of immigration, nightmares and suicide), directed by Goran Dukic, who adapted the screenplay from Keret’s novella “Knelle...

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

The opening story, "Asthma Attack," clocks in at only 115 words but speaks volumes -- not just about the subject of romance but about Keret?s way with words.

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PopMatters

The surprisingly sweet “Happy Birthday to You” is nothing more than a man listing everything that should happen to a woman (it’s unclear if he actually knows her or is just entranced by a stranger on the bus and fantasizing about her life) on her birthday, and how perfect it will be.

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Bookmarks Magazine

The Girl on the Fridge contains the best of Keret’s first collections, the ones that made him a household name in Israel and the major discovery of this last decade.

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