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  • Published: 1 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742752778
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

Suddenly A Knock On The Door

From the critically acclaimed master short-story teller Etgar Keret, his long-awaited and biggest selling collection - the first in nearly ten years.

Etgar Keret is an ingenious and original master of the short story. Hilarious, witty and always unusual, declared a ‘genius’ by the New York Times, Keret brings all of his prodigious talent to bear in this, his sixth bestselling collection. Long a household name in Israel, where he has been declared the voice of his generation, Keret has been acknowledged as one of the country’s most radical and extraordinary writers. Exuding a rare combination of depth and accessibility, Keret’s tales overflow with absurdity, humour, longing and compassion, and though their circumstances are often strange and surreal, his characters are defined by a familiar and fierce humanity. A man barges into a writer’s house and, holding a gun to his head, demands that he tell him a story, something to take him away from the real world. A pathological liar discovers one day that all the lies he tells come true. A young woman finds a zip in her boyfriend’s mouth, and when she opens it he unfolds to reveal a completely different man inside. Suddenly, A Knock On The Door is at once Keret’s most mature and most playful work yet, and establishes him as one of the great global writers of our time.

Etgar Keret is the author of the short story collections: Kneller's Happy Campers, Missing Kissinger and The Nimrod Flip-Out.

  • Pub date: 1 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742752778
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Etgar Keret

Etgar Keret was born in Ramat Gan and now lives in Tel Aviv. A winner of the French Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, The Camera D’Or, and the Charles Bronfman Prize, he is the author, most recently, of the memoir The Seven Good Years, and story collections like The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God. His work has been translated into forty-two languages and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, The Paris Review, and The New York Times, among many other publications, and on This American Life, where he is a regular contributor.

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Praise for Suddenly A Knock On The Door

“‘Another manifestation of Keret’s magic - but more mature, and more interesting.’”


“‘A brilliant writer... completely unlike any writer I know. The voice of the next generation.’”

Salman Rushdie

“This is a wonderfully inventive collection of stories that are as absurd as they are deep. Keret's storytelling is tight and engrossing.”

Lizzie Stafford, Sunday Mail, Brisbane

“‘Etgar Keret has written several great books, but this is his greatest. These stories are the most funny, dark and poignant I’ve read in a long time. It’s tempting to say they are his most Kafkaesque, but in fact they are his most Keretesque.’”

Jonathan Safran Foer

“...This eclectic collection of fantastic bite-sized stories marks Etgar Keret's welcome return to the genre that made him a household name in his Native Israel.”

GQ Australia

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