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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 i
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2002)
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Oriana
Jul 27, 2013 Oriana rated it really liked it
Recommended to Oriana by: Josh Honn
Shelves: read-2008
after reading: Right, here's the thing about short stories: I just don't like them. And here's why: short stories (like long stories) are either good –- and you wonder why the writer didn't just keep writing because now you are really interested in these characters/this scenario/the voice/whatever –- or they're not good, and you wonder why you wasted your time.

I definitely put Etgar in the former category. Many of these stories are really good! Super good! But this is the thing: if Etgar can wri
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Nefariousbig
Aug 24, 2015 Nefariousbig rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is most definitely a man's book. The simplicity of emotion, the gentle confusion, the way things that make no sense somehow make absolute sense. Keret is a gentle man. His emotions, friendship, love, family, life, all effortless. His writing is effortless. It’s witty and calm, poignant but simple, pleasurable without being overwhelming. The kind of beautiful I imagine men feel when they feel the word “beautiful”.

Fear: I felt the fear running through my body, from the hard part of my brain
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Sve
Mar 02, 2013 Sve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Не знам какво мога да напиша за Керет,освен че съм безвъзвратно влюбена в начина,по който разказва.
Кремена Михайлова
Енциклопедия на преживяванията. Рядко срещан микс от смешно и тъжно. Гласовете сякаш са шегаджийски, нахакани, обаче… Всичко най-сериозно е в сборника. Мисли, които човек има само наум. От тези неща, които се случват, но не винаги им се обръща внимание. Точно такива невидими детайли в отношения, характери и случки харесвам. Анотацията ми звучеше като за прекалено абстрактна книга и се чудех чак такава оригиналност дали е като за мен. Точно като за мен се оказа!

Исках да отбележа кои разкази са ми
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Will
Jun 21, 2016 Will rated it it was amazing
If you've been friends with me on Goodreads for long enough, you know that I obsess over the sheer hilarity and flippant style of Israeli writer Etgar Keret. Despite suffering from what may be the most bizarre cover art in the history of literature (please challenge me on this), The Nimrod Flipout is an excellent short story collection full of reality-bending romps.

The title story will be familiar to experienced Keret readers: a bunch of young-ish guys stuck in the doldrums of life, and you don'
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Denz
Dec 24, 2015 Denz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: шорти
Не бил там въпросът. Не бил и в онзи холандец, нямало никакъв повод за ревност. Той и без това сигурно вече бил пукнал от свръхдоза или се въргалял мъртвопиян по някой амстердамски тротоар, или, още по-лошо, бил взел магистърска степен по нещо си.
Imogen
Feb 19, 2008 Imogen rated it liked it
Maybe this just got too built up for me or something, but... I get it, the tone sounds flippant but it really isn't. That gets kind of samey. Shrug.
Edward Rathke
Aug 10, 2011 Edward Rathke rated it it was amazing
This is an utterly fantastic collection. I've long been meaning to read some Keret and am so glad that I've finally gotten here. He's capable of doing one of the most challenging things in writing with surprising ease and agility: humor. And not just a smile, but pure laughter, rising on accident, despite suppression and embarrassment at being in public with a bus full of people who don't speak your language.

He gets there through situations. It's not a single sentence that makes you laugh, not a
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Slavena
Aug 22, 2013 Slavena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keep-it-short
"Щом стигнете до най-важния кръстопът в живота си и не знаете как да постъпите, просто се отбивате в най-близкия до дома ви офис на "Втори шанс" и подробно им обяснявате дилемата си. После избирате която си пожелаете от алтернативите и продължавате да живеете нея. Не се притеснявайте, другата опция - тази, която не сте избрали, не отпада. Пускат я да върви на един от техните компютри "Дедабях" и грижливо отчитат всички променливи. След като изживеете каквото сте предпочели докрай, тялото ви се д ...more
Γιώργος
Ένας συγγραφέας που γνώρισα μέσω μιας φίλης μου που τον αγαπά πολύ και πλέον συμμερίζομαι την άποψή της στο έπακρο. Ο Έτγκαρ Κέρετ στη συλλογή ιστοριών Ο Εκείνος (θεωρώ την τιτλοφόρηση της ελληνικής έκδοσης καλύτερη από την αγγλική καθώς η εν λόγω ιστορία είναι και η μεγαλύτερη και η σημαντικότερη στο βιβλίο) μας γνωρίζει πολλούς και ετερόκλητους χαρακτήρες, τον Νιμρόντ που τρελαίνει τους φίλους του ακόμα και μετά το θάνατο του, ένα ψάρι που μιλά, ένα πόνι που γεννιέται από μια γυναίκα και πολλο ...more
Cheri
Jan 02, 2009 Cheri rated it did not like it
I both did and did not like this book. I enjoyed it in the same way I enjoy viewing abstract/avant-garde art - the premises and twists and turns in these short stories are so off-the-wall they open your mind in different directions, and that's usually a good thing. However, more often than not, these extremely short stories (typically no more than 3 pages long) depend upon some perversion as their hook, which gets boring and predictable. In many cases, a story starts out solidly with an almost t ...more
Susie
Jan 03, 2008 Susie rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-commented
honestly, this writing style is not for everyone, but i loved his rapid-fire pacing, the way he slams information into the stories line after line. i even liked the freaky, surreal qualities and undeniable male/dude-ish perspectives. reminded me of people who are good at telling stories at parties.

and yes, for anyone who knows about how i spilled nyquil on this book, i did confess to the library, and they said it was ok. they patted me on the back and i cried on their shoulders. like a baby.
Mon
Sep 07, 2010 Mon rated it liked it
Shelves: for-hipsters, po-mo
The main plot from Tatia Rosenthal's $9.99 (2008) is technically adapted from several of the short stories here. I said technical because the attraction of Etgar Keret's short stories (besides being ridiculously good looking for a writer) is his ability to construct a fantasy that seems so palpable and possible, and as a result the film differs from it by taking another route into pure abstraction. 'hmm, all the characters and props are the same, but somehow I feel like I'm reading something com ...more
Yair Ben-Zvi
Nov 26, 2011 Yair Ben-Zvi rated it really liked it
Within Israeli letters Etgar Keret apparently occupies a sphere of his own. Kind of Raymond Carver like in not only his use of the short story but also in the somberness of tone and subject matter Keret also has definitely learned some things from the schools of magical realism and absurd fiction, and all to his benefit.

Keret's stories, while not all equally brilliant are all substantive and intriguing as all hell. Starting from a basic premise and giving it a simple but integral dark twist Kere
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Alice
Feb 16, 2007 Alice rated it liked it
I reviewed this for a class I was in so I thought I'd post my revieweven if it is a little to long:

Young Israeli men, their penises, lovers, pets, and business deals are the subjects of this collection of short and very short short stories. Keret speeds through the lives of his lonely characters barely stopping for plot and refusing conclusions but making plenty of space for some phenomenally funny details of Israeli urban life. His characters “puke chopped liver” and encounter a pest control ma
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Assem Salih
Jan 10, 2015 Assem Salih rated it really liked it
المرة الأولى التي أقرأ فيها لروائي إسرائيلي. هذه مجموعة من القصص القصيرة و القصيرة جدا و في بعض الأحيان العجيبة جدا. هنا تمتزج القصص اليومية لأبناء الطبقة المتوسطة "الليبرالية إجتماعيا" في إسرائيل مع خيال خصب و فانتازيا غريبة. من الشخص الذي إكتشف حيلة لحبس الأخرين في قوارير زجاجية إلى الشاب الذي كلما أزداد طوله كلما قصر طول أمه و أبيه. مجموعة قصصية مميزة جدا لمؤلف يعتبر من جيل مابعد الإنتفاضة الفلسطينية. و بالمناسبة، هنا القصص لا تحمل اي ابعاد او رسائل سياسية و هذا ما دفعني لقرائتها
Mustafa Şahin
Bilemiyorum Altan, bilemiyorum. Belki de Keret'in ilk dönem çalışmaları benim için değildir. Arada gayet güzelleri de yok değil ama genel olarak vasat bence bunlar. Ama bırakmayacağım peşini, kronolojik gitme çabamdan kaynaklanan bir memnuniyetsizlik olabilir bu.
Shirley
Very strange but captivating stories brimming with assuredness, slyness, pessimism, and fantasy. No yawners here. Parents shrink in proportion to their son's growth, a man orders a talking fish at a restaurant, a man loves a woman who turns into a soccer-loving guy by night. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection, probably even more so than a more recent collection by Keret (The Girl on the Fridge), which I also really liked. I quite appreciated the short short-ness of these stories, which I was a ...more
julieta
Mar 12, 2013 julieta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es increíble la habilidad de keret para sacar historias de todos lados. De las situaciones más cotidianas saca fantasías que suelen ser bastante divertidas. De el ser pareja, o no serlo, de los niños, de los adultos, de todos lados parece encontrar humor y fantasías que a veces pueden ser aterradoras. Pero siempre contadas con tal naturalidad que no saltan, sino que parecen hasta lógicas. Porque aún cuando esta contando algo que parece no tener sentido, en el fondo parece estar dándote un retrat ...more
Marcus
Feb 28, 2015 Marcus rated it it was amazing
I read this at the same time as Aimee Bender's short story collections The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Wilful Creatures.

They are both good with the surreal and accessible language but I prefer Etgar Keret's minimalist style (in translation of course). The stories are more varied and much more surprising.

I felt like I got Aimee Bender after a few stories and then the language/themes got very predictable. Not sure I need any more of her books.


But I am still understanding Keret. I want more.
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Caris
Jan 13, 2009 Caris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
"It's amazing how people can sound like retards when they're talking to their girlfriend, especially if they love her a lot."

Everything comes out of nowhere. I never have any idea where he's going. And every time I think I do, he spins me around and makes me feel foolish. Bravo, Mr. Keret, bravo.
Svetlozara Kabaktchieva
Mar 07, 2013 Svetlozara Kabaktchieva rated it it was amazing
Смешната нежност на абсурда или нежният абсурд на смеха...и щипка тъжно!...след като я прочетеш, започваш да откриваш сюжети за кратки разкази навсякъде:)...ужасно ми хареса, както беше преди време и с "Автобусният шофьор, който искаше да бъде бог" и "Момичето на хладилника"!
sj
May 17, 2013 sj rated it really liked it
Shortest shorts of all
Stories, I mean – not Nair legs
Fun funny sad weird

Review Haiku for Those with Short Attention Spans
Анастасия Карнаух-Теодосиева
Виждането и четенето на разказите се промени с 90% след срещата с Керет, но определено този трети сборник е много по-различен от предишните. Много добър! Толкова силни парченца, които те карат на моменти да спреш, за да можеш да се осъзнаеш...
Emanuella
Mar 06, 2013 Emanuella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Керет си е Керет. Странен, непредсказуем, циничен, шантав. Един от разказите ме жегна дълбоко. И го прочетох три пъти. И ревах... От ония разкази, които, сякаш описват теб. Или поне отрязък от живота ти. Запазвам името му за себе си.
Albena
Mar 20, 2013 Albena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Много хубав Керет. Стори ми се още по-личен и близък, може би заради комбинацията от предговор и послепис/последна глава, които са си съвсем приятелски и чупещи граници.
Heather Buchanan
Mar 17, 2016 Heather Buchanan rated it really liked it

Reading this book is a little like dozing off when you really shouldn’t be. You wake up, startled and confused, probably a little sweaty, and not sure how much time has gone by. You glance at a clock and determine only a few minutes have gone by even though it felt like longer. The agitating dream, though brief, lingers. It seemed to make sense when you were asleep, but the more you try to go over it and untangle it in your mind, the further away it gets. What you saw follows you the rest of the
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Greg
Mar 13, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it
Great selection of short stories, which felt less like reading and more like sitting in a bar listening to the funniest guy you know tell you stories. Not even very funny stories in particular, but... The kind that, given the right storyteller, suddenly become humorous. Also, because it's like listening to your friend tell you stories, it feels so familiar that you kind of sit back and accept everything as it comes. Even when it comes to talking fish, shrinking humans and people giving birth to ...more
Tung
Apr 26, 2009 Tung rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
My second collection of short stories by Keret this year (see my review of The Girl on the Fridge). As in the other book, The Nimrod Flip Out is a set of thirty ultra-short “stories” categorized as quirky, absurdist, and minimalist. These stories often present slices of life (or in some cases, slices of slices of life) filled with strangeness meant to emphasize the absurdities of life and life’s situations and the emotions that fill these situations. Overall, I found this to be a stronger collec ...more
jordan
Sep 07, 2009 jordan rated it it was amazing
Like a box of chocolate truffles, each bite sized, complex, and mouthwatering

I am at a loss for how to describe Etgar Keret’s work to those who’ve yet to have the pleasure. To comment merely on his stories brevity – the longest I believe comes in at perhaps eight pages and thirty fill this slim volume – would make him seem too much the trickster, a writer with a gag instead of the extraordinary story teller one will meet in “The Nimrod Flipout.” Perhaps instead I might offer examples of a few of
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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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“It's amazing how people can sound like retards when they're talking to their girlfriend, especially if they really love her a lot. Because when you're just fucking someone you make a point of keeping your cool, but when you're really in love - it can sound pretty repulsive.” 153 likes
“According to Gur's theory of boredom, everything that happens in the world today is because of boredom: love, war, inventions, fake fireplaces - ninety-five percent of all that is pure boredom.” 35 likes
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