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The sixth collection of short stories from Etgar Keret.

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
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Paperback, 296 pages
Published 2012 by Vintage (first published 2010)
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Brian
Jan 05, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Etgar Keret became known to me in 2008 when I happened across an excellent interview with him in a 2006 edition of The Believer. I liked what he had to say in that piece, so I picked up a book of his stories (The Nimrod Flipout: Stories). His style of writing was a marked difference from so many of the MFA graduate story writers that I had come to enjoy and respect - that differentiation was a good thing. Some of his stories are three pages, two pages long. His ability to write a handful of para ...more
Tfitoby
Dec 28, 2012 Tfitoby rated it it was amazing
#7 Favourite Read of 2012

My only previous experience with Keret was the brilliant and beautiful movie Wristcutters: A Love Story based on his novella Kneller's Happy Campers so when this brand new collection of short stories was offered to me by a local bookseller I had no hesitation in buying it.

And I am so glad I did, as it was a revelation, completely unlike anything else I've read. His stories are often strange and slightly fantastical, funny, dark, impressive and affecting. This is a seriou
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Cheryl
Wow, what a ride! Loved it.
Wildly inventive. It's like literary Silly Putty that's been smushed up against color comics, peeled off and then stretched and pulled. It kind of looks the same as the real thing but is weirdly distorted. In a way that is more interesting and alive than the original.
And then it makes you smile.
Sam Quixote
Aug 05, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
“Tell Me A Story” opens this book of short stories, as a writer called Etgar Keret is forced at gunpoint to make up a story on the spot by a home invader. As more characters are introduced – a survey taker, a pizza delivery man, all of whom turn up at his door in succession like in a sitcom – each of them enter his flat, pull out a weapon and demand a story. This sense of playfulness and originality runs through a lot of the short stories in Keret’s latest collection, “Suddenly, A Knock On The D ...more
Bắp Nổi Chuột
Vào 1 đêm trời không trăng không sao, đang ngủ ngon thì ở ngoài hiên "đột nhiên có tiếng gõ cửa". Đứng trước cửa là 1 thằng nhóc đeo khuyên tai và cả khuyên mũi cùng 1 bên mắt "bầm tím". Nó ngay lập tức chĩa máy quay vào mặt tôi và hỏi "bạn sẽ ước gì từ con cá vàng?". Tôi rất muốn cho nó bầm con mắt còn lại vì nửa đêm nửa hôm tới cửa nhà người ta nói những câu vớ vẩn chưa kể nhìn mặt chắc chỉ bằng nửa tuổi tôi mà dám xưng bạn. Nên xưng là anh thì tốt hơn (không nên xưng chú vì chú nghe rất già). ...more
Arwen56
”Un accendino, una pastiglia per la tosse, un francobollo, una sigaretta un po’ storta, uno stuzzicadenti, un fazzoletto di tessuto, una penna, due monete da 5 shekel. E questo è solo una piccola parte di ciò che ho in tasca. Che c’è quindi da meravigliarsi che sia così gonfia? Un sacco di gente me l’ha fatto notare. “Ma cosa cavolo hai in tasca?” mi domanda. Di solito non rispondo, mi limito a sorridere, a volte faccio persino una risatina educata. Come se mi si raccontasse una barzelletta. Se ...more
Elyse
Feb 11, 2014 Elyse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My very favorite short story is:

"What Do We Have in Our Pockets"

I also wanted to cry in "What Animal are You"?

I had a very challenging time understanding "SHUT". I read it 4 times --- (I 'think' I get it)....lol

"Creative Writing", "Unzipping", "Suddenly A Knock On the Door", "Upgrade".....etc. etc. etc.......

These SHORT stories are funny and sad -playful & mature -loving and insightful -strange -fresh- sweet- unpretentious -and a little like sticky-taf
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Con Bé Ki
Một ngày,
Nếu đột nhiên bạn cảm thấy buồn và muốn khóc,
hãy gõ cửa nhà tôi.
Tôi không hứa sẽ làm bạn cười,
Nhưng tôi sẽ cùng bạn... gõ cửa nhà thằng khác bảo nó đọc từng câu chuyện trong này cho hai chúng ta nghe.
Có thể nó sẽ không đọc,
Thậm chí muốn cùng chúng ta gõ cửa nhà thằng khác nữa,
Nhưng chắc chắn, cuối cùng,
Chúng ta sẽ không ai còn cô đơn,
Như người đàn ông Nga không còn thấy cô đơn khi gặp được con cá vàng,
Như người đàn bà trong một giấc mơ,
Như tất cả chúng ta đều là con người...
Jan Rice

What kind of short stories are these?

That's a good question. For one thing, they are short short stories. Most of them are two to four pages long. There are 35 short stories in 185 pages. A story is over before you know what hit you.

They may be fables. I just looked up the definition. But not in the sense of "etiology"--explaining why things are the way they are, as in Aesop's. They're not allegories with some hidden meaning. Parables? Maybe, in that they do touch on morality, but, again, is tha
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Nhi Nguyễn
Mấy mẩu chuyện có ngắn có dài, đọc vào bao ảo, cứ như thể ông tác giả là tên dở người rỗi hơi lắm ý, mà càng đọc lại càng thấy ghiền rồi rốt cuộc không dứt ra được :D Truyện ngắn gì đâu mà ngộ ngộ, điên điên, hài hài mà cuốn hút vãi ^^
Жор
May 11, 2014 Жор rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ревюто в блога:
http://knizhenjor.com/2014/05/izvedna...

Какъв странен Керет само!

Но не странен спрямо други писатели, а спрямо себе си, което си е доста… о, моля Ви, не си отивайте!

Разказите в този сборник оставят усещане за премереност, далеч по-кротки са от меланхоличните изтрещявания в „Автобусният шофьор, който искаше да бъде Бог“, по-топъл е от „Момичето на хладилника“ и изостава по шантавост от „Асамтой“.

Великолепното начало е белязано от „Изведнъж на вратата се чука“, който е своеобразен у
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Jill
Apr 17, 2012 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Etgar Keret can do more in three or four pages than many short story writers can in stories that border on novellas. There are nearly three dozen stories that span just 188 pages, yet many are simply brilliant.

The eponymous and first story starts with a directive: “Tell me a story.” Under gunpoint, the narrator – Etgar – is ordered to make up a story. He is interrupted early on: “That’s not a story…That’s an eyewitness report. It’s exactly what’s happening here and now. Exactly what we’re trying
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Núria
¿Que quién es Etgar Keret? Pues para mí es la gran esperanza de la literatura contemporánea. Y sí, soy capaz de soltar semejante elogio y quedarme tan tranquila. Podría decir que Edgar Keret es un escritor israelí que se caracteriza por su originalidad y por la frescura de su estilo, pero no le estaría haciendo justicia. Cuando ya pensaba que estaba todo inventado y estaba convencida que todos los autores contemporáneos que pretenden ser originales acaben siendo cansinos, me encuentro con este h ...more
Мартин Касабов
Изведнъж на вратата се чука: http://izumen.blogspot.com/2014/04/bl...

Книга за това "защо е толкова трудно да си човек и защо, по дяволите, все пак си струва усилието".

Преди около седмица Керет представи книгата си в България. Срещата с него беше незабравимо преживяване. В рецензията можете да прочетете малко повече впечатления от събитието, както и няколко реда за самата книга.

Прочетете повече: http://izumen.blogspot.com/2014/04/bl...

Valkyrie Vu
I was drawn by its tittle which is quite a deceiving one because it sounds like a horror tittle while in fact it's not a horror book . It's just strange . The author was threatened by three strangers to tell them a story . What kind of story would you tell if your life depended on it ? That must be "something out of something , a story about human situation , human condition " .

I'm so glad I found Etgar Keret . It's the same exciting feeling when you get to know someone really interesting and y
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Will
Etgar Keret, who I've been lucky enough to hear speak in an intimate setting, is a surrealist. He's an expert at taking the mundane and making it extraordinary. Keret, an Israeli Jew who often draws ire from the Israeli right for his leftist political views and criticism of Israel's policy against Palestinians, is a charming man who loves to shock. When he was speaking to my group, he talked about his crazy dad's relationships with prostitutes and the mafia in Italy after surviving the Holocaust ...more
Ksenya
Jul 05, 2016 Ksenya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, 2016
Безумовно п'ятірка. Цій збірці не бракує нічого як на збірку оповідань. Тут є динаміка, гарні сюжети, чіпляючі перші речення, несподівані кінцівки та герої-фріки, і герої-звичні-на-перший-погляд як усі ми (але фріки в душі, як усі ми), погляд на сучасний Ізраїль, гарний переклад. Точно буду ще раз її перечитувати.

У рамках флешмобу ще трішки про неї писали і ще про декілька збірок оповідань, можливо, не так літніх, як придатних для читання улітку: https://ksenyak.wordpress.com/2016/07...
Karen Leopoldina
if you like your short stories to be clever and witty with inventive narrative twists, then Keret is your man. originality and humour will always grab the attention of your reader but will it sustain them? whilst i admire all of these qualities in Keret's writing they also left me strangely dissatisfied, and this feeling only increased the further i made my way through this collection. i like warmth, depth, insight in my fiction not narrative word games which, rather than draw the reader into a ...more
Аделина 'Змей' Генова
http://knigozavar.com/keret-na-vratat...

Не мога да бъда многословна по адрес на Керет, а и не е нужно – той просто трябва да бъде прочетен. И ако „Асамтой“ беше най-силната му книга на българския пазар до този момент, то „Изведнъж на вратата се чука“ я бие с поне обиколка.

http://knigozavar.com/keret-na-vratat...
Kevin
Judging by all the 4&5 star reviews, I was clearly missing something here, as for me this began as a huge disappointment.
Unlike the glowing reviews on the back cover, I didn't see much maturity on display here, more the opposite in fact. Neither was the authors renowned humour apparent, although many stories began like the start of a good joke - "A man and his son walk into an acupuncturists' treatment room", they invariably ended like bad ones, with no punch line. "There's nothing stranger
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Moises Sheinberg
El nuevo libro de cuentos del escritor israelí es, quizá, el más completo, mejor logrado y el más balanceado. Los 39 relatos que lo componen varían en longitud desde un párrafo hasta varias páginas, y en temática desde un cuento que se autojuzga como el mejor del mundo hasta un hombre que, como Alicia en el país de las maravillas, entra en un agujero para encontrarse en un mundo en el que viven todas sus mentiras.
Los cuentos de Keret, además de profundamente creativos, divertidos y simpáticos ti
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Iliyana
Apr 15, 2014 Iliyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Чийзъс Крайст! - с тези думи разкрих въодушевлението си, че Керет ще има нов сборник на български. Израелският писател ме беше спечелил още с „Пристъп на астма“ - първият разказ в сборника „Автобусният шофьор, който искаше да бъде Бог“. Ако можех, щях да чета разказите му Със затворени очи - така щях да се пренасям до обикновените и необикновените му герои и да изживявам с тях всичко, което им е подготвила ръката на техния създател. Нали сме екип. Аз, той и те. Той създава и отнема животи, прави ...more
Петър Панчев
http://knijenpetar.blogspot.com/2014/...
Не всеки разказ от този сборник се нуждае от задълбочен анализ, дори никой от тях не се нуждае. За два дни усилено мислене как да подходя към разказите, осъзнах степента на трудност, с която трябва да се преборя, за да опаковам в текст едни причудливи мигове от нечий живот. В този сборник, Керет е "ушил" по магически начин лица и души, които се борят да бъдат разбрани, в светове, сътворени от един прекрасен разказвач. Как се оценява реализъм и начин на ми
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Antonia
Oct 13, 2014 Antonia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Да четеш Керет е все едно да опънеш хавлията си на претъпкан плаж, където ушите ти се превръщат в германски аутобани, през които профучават историите на околните непознати. Всякакви типажи дърпащи съдбите си след себе си. Керет е истински магьосник, който по неповторим начин успява да зареди сборниците си с трагикомичната същност на човека в истории, които не се повтарят. Разказите са му кратки,плътни и шантави, а краят никога не е такъв, какъвто си го очаквал.
Friederike Knabe
May 28, 2012 Friederike Knabe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robbie, one of the protagonists in Etgar Keret's new short story collection, SUDDENLY, A KNOCK AT THE DOOR, has a dream that changes the way he understands the world around him. The story, LIELAND, one of my favourites among the thirty five in this slim volume, is on the surface a simple growing up story of a boy who started lying at a young age and continues to do so, successfully, in ever more elaborate ways, until... "it all started with a dream". By reaching into the surreal world of dreams, ...more
Melissa
May 07, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So often I read a short story and feel like, you know, what was the point of that story? Like there's something to get that I'm just not getting, because maybe I'm a fool, or maybe I'm just not very deep, or, if I'm feeling confident at the time of the reading, maybe the author didn't actually know what he or she was doing.

Not this book of very, very short stories, though. These were funny, sad, interesting, and they wrapped up in a satisfying way. I'm sure different ones stick with different pe
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Shann
Dec 29, 2012 Shann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
As I read all of these glimmering reviews, I wonder how many have read his other work. Although this wasn't terrible, it definitely wasn't something to write home about, at least for Keret.

All the stories were so forced, like something you wrote in college when you had a paper due in 2 hours for English class, but couldn't think of a story so you wrote 2 pages of something kind of imaginative but made up a random, disconnected ending to make your paper long enough.

I am a huge Keret fan myself,
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Hoại Băng
Mar 14, 2016 Hoại Băng rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Đêm khuya đọc quyển này như đọc cryptic. Thích cảm giác đó nên cộng thêm một sao. Hihi :")

Đơn giản nhưng lạ. Lạ nhưng đơn giản.
Temuka Zoidze
May 18, 2016 Temuka Zoidze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
საკაიფო იუმორი აქვს ამ კაცს, გავარტყი ვუდი ალენს.
Sve
Apr 18, 2014 Sve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Един от най-добрите разказвачи, които познавам.
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Etgar Keret is an Israeli writer known for his short stories, graphic novels, and scriptwriting for film and television. His books had been published in more than thirty languages.

Keret has received the Prime Minister's award for literature, as well as the Ministry of Culture's Cinema Prize. The short film Malka Lev Adom (Skin Deep, 1996), which Keret wrote and directed with Ran Tal, won an Israel
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“He misses the feeling of creating something out of something. That’s right — something out of something. Because something out of nothing is when you make something up out of thin air, in which case it has no value. Anybody can do that. But something out of something means it was really there the whole time, inside you, and you discover it as part of something new, that’s never happened before.” 26 likes
“The fact is that everything I have in my pockets is carefully chosen so I’ll always be prepared. Everything is there so I can be at an advantage at the moment of truth. Actually, that’s not accurate. Everything’s there so I won’t be at a disadvantage at the moment of truth.” 11 likes
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