The Nimrod Flipout by Etgar Keret

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From Israel's most popular and acclaimed young writer--"Stories that are short, strange, funny, deceptively casual in tone and affect, stories that sound like a joke but aren't" (Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi)

Already featured on This American Life and Selected Shorts and in Zoetrope: All Story and L.A. Weekly, these short stories include a man who finds equal pleasure in his beautiful girlfriend and the fat, soccer-loving lout she turns into after dark; shrinking parents; a case of impotence cured by a pet terrier; and a pessimistic Middle Eastern talking fish. A bestseller in Israel, The Nimrod Flipout is an extraordinary collection from the preeminent Israeli writer 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 April 4, 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 167 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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That’s true even when he does crack ten pages: In the title story, three friends are haunted by the ghost of a dead buddy, and Keret precisely renders the emotional relationship between each of the men, earning the story’s beautifully tragicomic kicker.

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Publishers Weekly

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Keret, an Israeli writer who also writes children's books and collaborates with illustrators on graphic stories and novels, specializes in brainteasing short short stories reminiscent of the "Shouts and Murmurs" section of the New Yorker —30 are packed in this thin volume.

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Entertainment Weekly

Etgar Keret's stories are strangely compelling — or compelling in their strangeness.

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San Francisco Chronicle

In Israel, Etgar Keret is both industry and cult.

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California Literary Review

Given the comic book aesthetic and Saturday morning cartoon length of some of Keret’s stories, it’s interesting to note that “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” perhaps Marquez’ most famous story, was intended (in an oft-omitted subtitle) as “a tale for children.” Marquez’ set-up sounds like a ...

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